Thursday, April 17, 2014

Impetuous Ritual: Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence (2014)

Band Next Door

If Portal's Vexovoid was too radio-friendly for you, then, well, you are one sick, twisted motherfucker. But also, Impetuous Ritual has your back with the Inquisitorially-named Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence.

Of course, Impetuous Ritual are best known for sharing two members with the legendary Portal, and every review has to mention that. (So it is written.) Fittingly, they share an impenetrable, lo-fi death metal aesthetic. But in contrast to Portal's relatively cleaner production, Impetuous Ritual still sound like the most evil band in the world playing in the apartment next door.

The differences don't end there. IP's riffs seem to be more straight-forward, and they do a lot more with the lead guitar--specifically, a whole lot of chromatic soloing, and at one point I swear they make it scream in pain. "Despair" is the slow and brooding cut, with the rest going faster. I'm not sure whether "Metastasis" has anything to do with Xenakis, but this is just as apparently obtuse and intriguing.

I love this kind of death metal, when it's done well. This is done well. Can I really explain why? No.

The Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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