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Now that Impiety’s deal with Agonia Records is over - I suppose - after the release of last month’s Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny, this Singaporean war machine has signed to Pulverised Records, and already offers a three-song extended play entitled Advent of... that shows the band’s return to the more common bestial black/death war metal after the experimental one-song album from the beginning of this year.
So if you are even vaguely familiar with Impiety’s back catalogue and in spite of the recent lineup changes, you know what to expect from this EP: pure murder executed with unbridled battering by the drummer Atum and a lot of violent power chord riffage by Guh Lu and Eskathon, all three being new members since last year, and only Shyaithan remaining as an original member of the group.
Tempo is kept at high which is fitting for an EP release where it’s not ultimately necessary to slow down at all. Despite the rapidity, the songs span from 6 to 8 minutes, so there’s a lot of riffs to digest. ”Blood Ritual Defamation” does nod a little towards the recent full-length with its occasional midpaced ritualistic stance with a flanger effect on the guitars. Another similarity to the full-length is the production that is very dry and perhaps lacking a little punch of bass, but it’s very enjoyable in its own way.
If a mixture of the style of Terroreign and the production of Worshippers... sounds good to you, then do yourself a favor and get hold of this EP. It’s really nothing out of the ordinary but I find it enough ass kicking to deserve multiple listens now and in the future. A whole full-length in this style could be too much of the same, but in EP format things work very well.
3 / 5
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Barely a month after the monumental offering of black/death/doom/fuck/bastard/lay down your souls for rock'n' roll ass-kicking that was Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny, Impiety launch another strike on 2011 with an EP entitled Advent Of... All new material, no re-recordings, no covers, nice... although a couple live assaults with the new Italians playing would have been welcome.
The tracks on the EP are like cuts from Terroreign or Formidonis Nex Cultus expanded and darkened to suit the new lineup's rather grave mood - as opposed to the leather-wearing outright insanity of the last few outbursts. 'Advent of the Nuclear Baphomet' is getting near seven minutes of hysterical, drum-punishing, slavering black/ death metal. My complaint about what is essentially a welcome more-of-the-same song is that compared to the rest of the EP, the guitars seem somewhat buried and Atum's drumming (while as equally superb and ridiculously heavy here as on Divine Codex's album last year) takes over somewhat from Shyaithan's frothing vocals and storm of riffs.
For once inconsistency (in mix if not in songwriting, for this is a deliberately crafted record) works in a band's favour. Centrepiece 'Ave Satanas' faces no such issues, with the volume knob on Shyaithan suddenly turned up for a sound as spot-on and imposing as Worshippers... This track slays, yowling tremolo-picked riffs coating the machine-gun rhythm section like black vomit. Pace changes aplenty allow Shyaithan to pull one sadistic riff or pentatonically malevolent solo from his twisted brain after another, said brain evidently still brimming with ideas after an album with, naturally, a far lower riff-count than standard Impiety fare. 'Blood Ritual Defamation', the album's climactic 8 minute closer, continues the trend of expertly chopping and changing, although it is dominated by a Celtic Frost-inspired doom-like guitar riff which acts as a motif, and brings the EP's agenda in line with Worshippers... The riff from about 4:20 fucking rules, blaring, rocking late '80s thrashing doom - get Fenriz on the phone, he'll like this one.
My thinking is that this EP works to provide the band with a few new slabs of torment for their Sarcofago-patch-adorned hordes when on stage. Playing even half of the 38-minute monster that is 'Worshippers...' simply isn't viable when touring, and perhaps the band would rather keep it for special occasions rather than whip out little slices of it medley-style during their set. Simply put, this is an important part of your pre-Impiety concert kit, alongside Terroreign and the Dominator EP. It also proves Worshippers... more than a one-off homage to Venom, as Shyaithan continues toying with longer songs, more grandiose lyrical concepts and slower - not to mention more '80s inspired riffs.
Bottom line, first track sort of washes over the experienced Impiety listener, the second two burn and desecrate as they should; Impiety are looking strong.
Today there is none more true than Impiety. This should be clear from a moment's analysis of their music, lyrics and image, as well as knowledge of mainman Shyaithan's two-decade dedication to his craft, one which today sees the band finally able to lay claim to a legitimate position near the top of the black/death metal tree after having resettled all over the planet for the furtherance of his band. Previously here on Rockfreaks.net it was the "Dominator" EP, now the new "Advent Of…" EP.
Three songs, 21 minutes, all killer no filler, some might be inclined to say. It takes only a few seconds of "Advent Of The Nuclear Baphomet" to be sure that Impiety are unapologetically blasphemous. Under the modern brutal attack of jackhammer drums and gargled screams lies a proper old school thrash/death metal edge to the riffs and solos in "Blood Ritual Defamation", the slowest starting of the three, as it eventually ends up in the kind of thrash metal territory Celtic Frost would have proudly claimed ownership of in their early days. "Ave Satanas" best defines what Impiety are all about; the mixing of speeds done coherently enough to justify the songs 6-minute length with enough brutality and scything riffs to shake your well-worn Angelcorpsed stick at.
And with no messing around that is that - Impiety tearing away leaving you wanting more. When the great Armageddon of the world comes one day soon it'll just be Impiety and the hardy beetle still going on the other side.
Originally written for www.Rockfreaks.net
Having just recently released their 7th full length album, Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny, earlier this year, Impiety once again shows how hardworking they are through the release of yet another mini-CD, Advent Of...
Unlike the single epic track of 38 minutes on Worshippers, Advent Of... consists of 3 tracks of typical Impiety song lengths, ranging from 6 to 8 minutes. The album opens with the usual haunting atmosphere also present on the full length album, Worshippers, before frontman Shyaithan announces the song of the opening track, Advent of the Nuclear Baphomet. While the opening track failed to catch much of my attention, the slightly slower paced second track, Ave Satanas certainly did, having already witnessed the band perform this live on their Asian Worshippers Tour, and the more fluid flow of the songwriting.
The first thing that one notices is the production quality of the album, sterile and modern, similar to that of Worshippers. The songwriting is reminiscent of the material prior to the Worshippers album, such as on Terroreign and Formidonis Nex Cultus, with influences from Worshippers littered throughout. For example, sound effects such as at the 2:30 mark and the subsequent "drum solo" on Advent of the Nuclear Baphomet reminds the listener of Worshippers.
The ability of each of the members of the band are proven, from the air time given to Atum to display his prowess on the drum set, to the display of technicality by guitarists Guh Lu and Eskathon through the numerous guitar solos present on the album.
This mini-CD though, suffers from the same downfall as the Worshippers album, requiring the listener to have sufficient patience to fully enjoy the effects of the album. For example, towards the end of the closing track, Blood Ritual Defamation, the riffs get pretty repetitive, complete with the usual sound effects on the guitar present on the opening track. The album could have definitely been more enjoyable if the band had left out the overt songwriting influences from Worshippers, as it makes Advent Of... sound more like a preview of the better parts, or out-takes from the songwriting process of Worshippers.
Simply put, Advent Of... sounds like Worshippers minus most of the slower and "progressive" parts of the album. Also recommended if you are into the later part of Impiety's career so far (minus the epic Worshippers, of course).