Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence review
|Album:||Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence|
|Release date:||April 2014|
01. Verboten Genesis
02. Venality In Worship
03. Sentient Aberrations
05. Inservitude Of Asynchronous Duality
06. Womb Of Acrimony
08. Abhorrent Paragon
For all seasoned members of our beloved death metal cult, shock value isn't a thing anymore. The walls of sound are hardly impenetrable and all the pieces fall into place with ease. Our attraction towards more extreme and intricate metal is fueled by our desire to go back to that time where chaos was the norm and order was our goal. Yes, my comrades, despite what others might say: there is order in this maelstrom of visceral riffs, disturbing drumming and monstrous vocals.
For some of us, Impetuous Ritual started just as a novelty. A good novelty, but a casual one at that. The side project of the more unpalatable Portal displayed a more direct and primitive approach. Evolution was certainly not something I expected from their sophomore release. Now I stand corrected, as some new elements have arrived and Impetuous Ritual claims their well-deserved recognition as a band that is no longer a sidekick.
All the elements we came to appreciate from their debut are still here: The colossal, blurry and vast sound that can only come from the depths of pitch-black crypts. The unpredictable changes in riffs and drumming along with the throaty, whispery growls. A slightly somber atmosphere rears its ugly head this time around. You can almost call it melancholic during the slower moments (especially noticeable on the two lengthy tracks). The vocals are a bit more varied as high-pitched screams attack the listener without warning. Sometimes they can even be mistaken with the guitars, which leads me to comment on the more present guitar work in the form of alarming and chaotic solos. This came as a positive surprise to me, as they add a twist to the songs and give them more identity.
All in all, Impetuous Ritual's latest release is a morbid monster that will certainly haunt many of us for the rest of the year. Give it time and it shall reward you.
"What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. What we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables."
~ Chuck Palahniuk
||Written on 22.04.2014 by An extremely lazy reviewer but he's so cute you'd forgive him for it.|
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