Impiety

Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny

01. Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny

[01/24/11]
[Agonia Records]

Of all the bands in the world to announce that their next album would be one long 40 minute track, I never suspected Impiety. For those who are unaware of Impiety, they are a Singaporean band who play blackened thrash in the same sort of vein as Blasphemy, Morbosidad and Infernal War, sometimes falling in the realm of all those bestial NEKRO NUKLEAR KVLT TERROR bands but siding more with early Celtic Frost. It’s probably the best reference point, vocalist and sole original member Shyaithan invokes the gruff snarl of To Mega Therion era Tom G. Warrior and the whole song reeks of a very ambitious Hellhammer.

The idea of one continuous track is not a new one but it is one I feel that hasn’t been properly explored yet, take for example Pig Destroyer‘s Natasha. It’s an amazing exercise in stretching what is acceptable for a grind band and while it’s not uncommon for grind bands to flirt with doom, it felt new and exciting at the time. Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny takes on the idea in a new way, while there are lulls in the intensity of the record, it’s all relative and the record maintains a steady pace throughout. There is little of the throw away ‘funeral doom riffing’ that seems to plague other attempts at crafting longer songs, but what doom there is sounds more like a huge tribute to a sleazy Black Sabbath rather than the note-a-minute world of Ahab.

For instance, just beyond the 35 minute mark everything I thought I knew about Impiety was thrown out the window when they suddenly introduced a soulful ‘guitar-god’ style solo over a massive rock riff that quickly transitioned into a more traditional black metal blast session. The very beginning of the song is pretty interesting; there’s a strange brass stabbing synth which welcomes you alongside some thundering drums, before kicking into a Morbid Tales-esque riff and even an authentic reverb soaked Tom G. ‘UGHHH!’. The work of guitarist Guh Lu on Worshippers… is not to be underestimated, he has played in a few bands but this is my first encounter with his playing and the recipe is definitely a classic one part Immortal to one part Slayer. Another less adventurous but still amazing highlight appears at about 12 minutes in when all hell is unleashed in a flurry of blast beats, tremolo picking and even a little synth, destroying any notion that the addition of synths Impiety have gone completely soft on us.

As to whether the one song method is needed, I’d personally say yes. The only other option would have been to split it up into sections and with all the reoccurring ideas it may not have worked, while there are definite spaces where you’re sure Worshippers… is about to end, it’s normally the case that they swing back into breakneck thrash just to throw you off. Yet at the same time it never feels tagged on or out of place. It feels as though they’ve genuinely tried to breath life back into a style that wasn’t nor isn’t always the most original. It’s not that different from a musical stand point, each individual section could have easily slipped into previous album Terroreign unnoticed but the sound has moved on and it sounds a little more (dare I say it) progressive. Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny seems like a labour of love for a genre that isn’t as appreciated as it should be; a middle finger to those who doubted it and for Shyaithan to be in his 21st year of bringing out blasphemous music from a country with less than savoury views on censorship is just a testament to that.

Impiety’s Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny gets…

4/5

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