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Impious - Holy Murder Masquerade (7,5/10) - Sweden - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 37:30
Band homepage: Impious

Tracklist:

  1. The Confession
  2. Bound To Bleed (For A Sacred Need)
  3. T.P.S.
  4. Bloodcraft >mp3
  5. Holy Murder Masquerade
  6. Death On Floor 44
  7. Slaughtertown Report
  8. Three Of One
  9. Everlasting Punishment >mp3
  10. Purified By Fire
  11. Dark Closure
Impious - Holy Murder Masquerade

One problem I have with not getting full booklet or a lyric sheet alongside promos is that I canít accurately judge how well (or badly) the lyrics are. Itís generally not a problem for me, but this is the first concept album Iíve gotten (I THINK), so Iíd like to read the story to see if it makes any sense or not. Well, to the people that will buy the record, the booklet layout is in the form of a comic, and all of the lyrics are printed in this fashion. I looked at their Myspace page, and it was a nice touch. The words were too small to read, unfortunately, so I still donít know the details of the story, but the format looked original, cool and bad-ass.

 

As far as I can tell from the little narrations, this is a story about a serial killer and it has some religious overtones to it as well, with him wearing the mask of Christ and everything. The soundtrack that goes along with this serial killer story is Melodic Death Metal, the like crafted by country mates THE CROWN, ENTOMBED, EDGE OF SANITY and DISMEMBER. Itís balls-out aggressive and heavy as hell, and fits the mood of the album perfectly. The guitars being tuned downed, gritty and dirty, itís just the right balance for the fast riffs and evil melodies used. Itís just perfect for the unchained and violent nature of both the music and the main character of the album. Chugging guitars, speedy riffs, sinister chord sequences, and well placed harmonies comprise the musical backdrop, and reminds us why Sweden is a hotbed for great Metal.

 

The biggest (and only) problem is the narration, which occurs at the beginning, at the end and on ďSlaughterhouse ReportĒ. The voice actor (or whoever is doing the voices) is good at what he does, but heís trying too hard, which makes his performance too over-the-top, and a bit humourous. It shatters the menacing mood built throughout the album, and itís a bit distracting.

 

I havenít heard something this FUN in ages. Basically, if you like Melodic Death Metal, youíll go ďFuck YEA!Ē when listening to the album, throw the horns and bang your head.

(Online April 18, 2007)

Armen Janjanian



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