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IMPIETY: "Advent of..." - 70%

skaven, December 20th, 2011

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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Impiety - Advent of... - 80%

ThrashManiacAYD, March 20th, 2011

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 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.

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