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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Impious, "Holy Murder Masquerade"

Reviews : Albums : Impious, "Holy Murder Masquerade"

Impious, "Holy Murder Masquerade"
Impious
Holy Murder Masquerade
2007
Impious, "Holy Murder Masquerade"

Impious return to my machines of noise for yet another foray into the crushing Swedish death/thrash that I admit to being terribly in love with. However they do so with a twist, namely a concept album. This is the story of a serial killer who wears the face of Jesus during his crimes. If the lyrics aren't enough to explain this the artwork doubles as a comic book that will get the point across. The art of the comic is really good too, I was surprised at how well it fits. They even begin and end the album with a couple of samples to let you know what is going on. In the middle you get a fake news report about the rampage of the main character. Enough about the story though the music however is why we are here. Musicially this album is something of a departure for Impious as the songs are more melodic than I remember them ever being. There is still plenty of speed and heaviness to sate the speed-crazed loonies such as myself, but there is a but more style and subtlety to it. Adding this dimension to the music along with the concept that unifies the song makes this a really different album for these guys. I still love Hellucinate and Terror Succeeds, but this actually stands out from the pack just a bit more. This isn't the most unique album I've ever heard, but I like how they took a step away from what they were, while remaining very much in touch with what got them where they are. I hope they keep up the good work on the next album, comic book included or not.

K.Huckins