IMPIOUS HAVOC
Infidels
(Aphelion Productions)
39:19min

I never heard any tone from IMPIOUS HAVOC before, even though this Finnish band is around for more than a decade now and released five albums and a few EPs to date. But their latest offering before this one is already six years old, so "Infidels" might be seen as a comeback album more or less. Since I discover a new land (or band) here, I can only concentrate on "Infidels". And listening to the album, I grow desperate quite soon. It’s not the music, it’s the way it sounds. Even though I like my Black Metal raw and unpolished, this album is too raw and a finish might have helped a lot to make this record enjoyable. It seems like the nine songs were recorded directly in the rehearsal room with an old cassette recorder and pressed onto CD without any mixing or mastering. So we have a mud of noise with dominating drums, a booming bass and guitars, that are sometimes scarcely audible. This whole chaos gets screamed down by rabid vocals. And all that is pretty sad, since IMPIOUS HAVOC’s mix of Black Thrash and influences from the glory days of Metal (listen to the riffing on ‘The Gospel Of War’ or ‘The Hunter’, for example) might have been pretty enjoyable with a production. But every nice approach is immediately doomed to drown in chaos and a swamp of noise. Due to the none-production, I can recommend "Infidels" to the hardboiled Metalheads only. They should check: www.myspace.com/impioushavoc or www.aphelionproductions.net

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

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