I’ll tell it straight, the guys who listen to metal can be a weird lot. We dress differently, like different things and worship certain acts above all others. Sure enough, some of us set ourselves above others and turn our noses at anything apparently ‘mainstream’ whilst simultaneously hopping on the fan-boy wagon for critically acclaimed bands (whether they deserve the simple accolades or not).
Impetuous Ritual stand on the front-line of modern death metal, but if you’re familiar with the band’s previous release (the band’s debut) “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence” continues the band’s oppressive sound and reanimates a ‘so-called’ dying genre.
There’s a certain point when I become glad that our favourite musical comparisons are so wild, so far-fetched and terribly inaccurate. Think about it, have you ever had your face melted off by a blistering (you see what I did there…) guitar solo? Ever had your bones crushed by a slamming riff? The answer is no unless you’ve found a way to convert music into body altering, physical pain. It’s good that these highly imaginative descriptions of music simply stop at the imaginative, because “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence” can be compared to a bleeding prolapse, being raped for the duration of the record. This is not nice music, nor is it dressed in any pretentiousness that belies the actual quality being presented throughout the record. The band’s sophomore stands as a wall of suffocating death, oppressive, dark and matched only by the member’s other projects. Yeah that’s right, considering Impetuous Ritual share members with Portal it’s understandable when the near constant comparisons between acts actually take away from the murky atmospheres and chaotic compositions that both projects convey so well.
Understandably, most won’t make it through “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence’s” fifty minute run-time. It’s not the most accessible brand of death metal, and for those who enjoy this music non-stop, it shouldn’t be any other way. Album opener, ‘Verboten Genesis’ is an atmosphere setting track. The murk comes fast and heavy, oppressive thick guitar tones meet pummeling drum patterns and warbling growls. This is the definition of what Impetuous Ritual want to offer those tormented enough to enjoy such a thick, verbose and dark sounding death metal. Take it for what it is; brutality meets atmosphere, wrapped in the arguably the darkest, thickest and murkiest album of the year. It’s not for everyone, it’s not meant to be.
Even the album’s longest track (and closer) makes a impression. Totaling a run-time of just under fifteen minutes, ‘Blight’ winds the aggression into the band’s longest recorded wall of sound. If there was a single track fit to define what Impetuous Ritual can do as a group without conforming to a single aesthetic, ‘Blight’ ticks all the boxes and adds some surprise for a band happy to make three to four minute tracks for the rest of the record. It would be unfair to provide an analysis for “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence” without mentioning such a colossal track. Impetuous Ritual proove once again that Australia is a growing pool of quality metal, and not just in the likes of Portal. “Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence” is hands down one of the year’s finest extreme metal releases and is well worth the time to check out.
|01. Verboten Genesis
02. Venality In Worship
03. Sentient Aberrations
05. Inservitude Of Asynchronous Duality
06. Womb Of Acrimony
08. Abhorrent Paragon
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