Paramount Evil

The artwork change for Singapore’s black thrash band Impiety demonstrates a renewed desire to enflame the general public. Piles of corpses from concentration camps adorn the cover and the cd. The booklet announces “man, the actual beast of hell, capable of committing the most bestial and heinous   great beast in all of us. And to unleash it impetuously we must!” This is accompanied by a picture of the band surrounded with empty beer bottles. Instead of random evil, demons, satan, blasphemy lyrics we get history lessons of paramount evil.

The sound quality is clearer than last time. The vocals stand out much better, easily understood, as usual. The drums are not so tin can-ish and the guitars are higher pitched. The crunch of the rhythm guitar is not as heavy this time. Having taken a historical bend, we learn that “300,000 violated and butchered in just six weeks” in the opening song, “Sunrise Defloration” which is fast aggressive and chaotic with lots of quick screeches on the guitar. “Carbonized”, a standout track, is a little overly repetitive with the vocals, proclaiming “into the blazing krematoria” and “we applaud the wanton brutality, anti-Jewish supremacy.” The third track is actually “Indomitable fist of Decius”, the traycard has it wrong, and adds melodic guitars and distorted shrieks while preaching “contempt, hate and abomination for the benefit of this world,” and ask you to “eradicate the flock who preach the cross.” Vlad the Impaler is the topic of discussion on “Reign the Vulture” which includes a memorable guitar solo and asks you to rejoice in pain. Next is another standout song, “Adonai Made Excrement”, which asks that we “allow the Torah to be destroyed” while presenting us with lightening drum rolls, quick high pitched guitars and a slow heavy section. The highlight of “Mighty Impiety” has to be the gun and bomb sound samples and the final song, “Sunset Detonation” asks that you “proudly detonate yourself” This is musically the most distinctive song on the disc with lots of slow riffs and the heaviest drums on the album. It makes a good bookend with the opener.

I won’t even gripe that yet another black metal band has make the jump to death metal because they have done it so well. Maybe  it is the all new lineup. In any case, Reign proud mighty Impiety. Be hailed, be hailed.

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Written by Grimulfr
October 15th, 2004


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