The series of islands which form the nation of the Philippines are far more known for exporting coconut oil than thrash and groove oriented black metal but the now three-piece band called IMPIETY are doing what they can to alter that, and have been since the early 90's.
Seven simple yet brutally pummeling tracks and a cover of BATHORY's "Sacrifice" slice through this new record like nobody's business. I say simple because IMPIETY root themselves firmly in the tradition of the old guard of speed influenced thrash metal. Heavy riffs played with high tension, furious speed and passionate aggression.
The album opens up with some of the tightest double bass pedaling, a devilishly wavy guitar solo and some perfectly placed horns to sound the band's war cry. The vocals on Ravage & Conquer are pure blackened thrash growls in the vein of early Sodom and Possessed but musically they have more in common with the former to my desecrated virgin ears. Actually singer Shyaithan's approach sounds almost entirely derivative of Wagner "Antichrist" Lamounier's early work in the Brazilian thrash scene of the middle to late 80's, which would make considerable sense when geography is taken into account here. The swelteringly humid and feverishly Christian environment of the Philippines, just like Brazil, must have played a rather significant role in the creation of this album beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Ravage & Conquer is the band's eighth studio album and showcases them as they continue to burn white hot with not only enthusiasm and promise but now also with experience behind them from having delivered on that promise with this album. IMPIETY have grown into one of the foremost international blackened thrash outfits of our time and that can be heard nowhere better than on this record. The solo on "Weaponized" is a great example of their technical prowess which is perfectly balanced with an air of carelessness that brings all the girls to the yard.
I want to see these guys tour the world with Aura Noir and Venom. 'Nuff said.