May 10, 2012

Impiety - Ravage & Conquer

Written by Atanamar Sunyata.

Singapore’s Impiety have been slashing away at thrashing-black-death since 1990, leaving a trail of murderously fine albums in their wake. The band’s 8th full-length album stands out from the pack thanks to particularly potent guitar work and a focus on cogent, incisive songwriting. Ravage & Conquer sports a crushing cohesion borne of ineffable battery (courtesy of Dizazter), and is graced with a fittingly gritty and articulate production.

New guitarist Nizam Aziz brings a breakneck barrage of ripping riffage, cut from the trusty mold of Seven Churches by way of Kreator, Slayer and Altars of Madness. The songs are delivered with precipitous abandon and impossible precision, matching majestic riffs to rhythmic finesse. The solos are particularly awe-inspiring, displaying an incredible economy and a flair for memorable, malicious melody.

Photo by Carmelo Española.

Shyaithan reigns over his creation with diabolical iniquity, spewing abject blasphemy amidst fervent exhortations to war against the flock of God. His ragged, rasping vocals are unrepentantly savage, inciting a desire to do exactly what the album title commands.

Ravage & Conquerr is an immediate, ridiculously enjoyable rampage and one of the best albums of the year thus far. Break out the neck brace. “Death shall strike.”

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