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A rough-edged Brazilian thumper - 70%

Byrgan, November 17th, 2009

There were some bands that would go on to be influenced with varying hideous shades and tones by the black-death-thrash bands of the '80s in Brazil. Notably Sarcofago's first two albums. And Mutilator's, Holocausto's, and Vulcano's first full length records to get an idea. Blasphemy and Beherit, and also Mystifier and Expulser from within the Brazilian borders, come to mind immediately for carrying on these black deeds into the '90s. These last hooligans took advantage and capitalized with that overtly blasphemous tone, going more so into that deeply tuned and deeply voiced set-up enough to be death metal without diving into the lyrics, and with that chaotic nature that's enough to be pronounced grind.

Impurity likewise falls into that deadly vice of evil distaste and of course takes on a few additions of their own. During faster sections the band adopts something a few steps above what Von was doing prior with a more stripped down atmospheric side than what would be deemed musically correct to other band's conformity. Impurity's approach is simplistic and their modus operandi is barbaric to the point of loose. Especially during the speedier sections which will have the drummer and guitarist battle each other for who gets to steer and then both frequently have minor collisions and bump heads. It's to a less severe or sloppy degree than material by Exterminator, Necrofago, Genocidio or Bestial War of the prior decade, but noticeable none the less. On the other side of the speeding tracks, there are some medium and slower paced parts that more than likely give the band a rest from their malign exertion. The guitars are broken up for the majority of the recordings with faster back and forth tremolo riffs, often repetitive to the point of being hypnotic, and at times slippery enough that hopefully you're not a formally trained musician. During the slowed down breaks he often strums without chugging it through and has some particular pauses to include the drummer and vocalist into his still uncivilized game.

A stand out aspect here is the whispered vocals. He spits out a form of venom, most likely in response to his growing rage that sounds like he is literally hacking up some indigestible bones from a poor little creature he consumed whole. He also alternates with a deeper tone that sounds on the outer rim of growled and hiss-like. If the art of possession can be imitated than I'm sure he found a key to unlocking its multi-personality secrets.

The production is dirty and can get a little hairy, though a little louder than other recordings that attempt this organic outlook. However you want to look at it, the resulting sound disables them or aids them. In one regard it hides some fills that the drummer missed if not paying close enough attention, in another regard the guitar strings sound rusty, out of focus to the point of unpredictability, and then with the combination potentially dangerous. The vocals are also dumped with effects such as reverb and some kind of effect to slightly deepen his vocals. If you've fooled around with loads of effects and recorded them before, you'll know it makes you sound like you're out of time or out of tune, even if you were in time or just tuned your guitar. However, I think the outcome is a combination of both physical miscues and an effects saturation creating some kind of rough looking mixed-up collage.

One grand-standing aspect that 'The Lamb's Fury' has is atmosphere and a particular tone. You can count on Impurity for delivering a sinister feeling by mesmerizing you with repeated music, and then also a fast and slower pace for when they want to break out of that with change-ups. Either pacing does use very similar techniques however, though the vocalist likes to alter the leading performance if the band becomes stationary with guitars and drums. The band is also thicker sounding than what would become more popular with second wave black metal. While they deliver when they can, overall the band lacks a constant hankering that usually comes with stripped down music. And if you're paying attention on successive listens and not inebriated beyond help, in Impurity's case their simplicity truly is "simplistic" and I can't say to jump on this like the recordings are a lost treasure-trove or milestone like Blasphemy's 'Fallen Angel of Doom,' Mystifier's 'Wicca' & 'Goetia,' and Beherit's 'Drawing Down the Moon' is in comparison where repeat come backs consistently and continually produce additional experiences. But then again 'The Lamb's Fury' is more of a straightforward extension of preserving what was once the "hay day" of extreme metal in Brazil from roughly '85-'87 and before the well known groups eventually stepped off from the evil band wagon.