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02. For The Wicked
03. Chaos: Reborn
05. Falling Away
06. Absolute Horror
07. Angry Letters To God
08. Baptized In Filth
09. My Light Unseen
10. Death. Ascension. Resurrection
Reviewing the new Impending Doom album on this site is just asking for trouble. It’s no secret that their deathcore style throws many traditionalists off, and being openly Christian gets them obscene levels of scorn. They are a band that is either adored or disdained; very little middle-ground can be found, and Baptized in Filth won’t change the balance of those opinions either way. It’s a vicious bombardment of chugging breakdowns and tuneless screaming that’s been worked on during the past three albums.
Baptized in Filth is for the core group of people who found something compelling about the band back in 2007 with Nailed. Dead. Risen. Impending Doom have been handling themselves with poise since their debut, considering the nonstop backlash that has been dumped on them from every angle. Each album has been pulling into a sound that retains the aggression, but integrates the tight chemistry the four-piece possesses after years of live shows and band rehearsals.
There’s not much the band does besides blasting away and twisting an angry, yet hopeful, message behind their lyrics. “Murderer” is a decent opener, as the foursome throw down an obvious live anthem for their next few rounds of touring. Most of the first half of Baptized in Filth keeps to a similar formula, though the rhythm section gets their moment on the compelling slow-paced introduction to “Deceiver.” Cory Johnson is the lone guitarist, and makes the best of it with a few slamming breakdowns and riffs that trade in complexity for memorable simplicity.
“My Light Unseen” will be the song that will drive many over the edge. Be prepared for clean singing and melodic guitars, which may have the elitists raising their brows and groaning in waves. It’s not for the whole song, but it definitely screams, “Mainstream, respect us!” At least it’s a break from the painful-on-the-ears screaming and hardcore posturing Brook Reeves has grown into. He has made improvement in clarity of the words he’s preaching, but it won’t be confused for a master performance. Reeves fits the music, and doesn’t outright offend with his harsh style.
That can be relayed back to the entire album as a whole, as Baptized in Filth is inoffensive deathcore that delivers exactly what a fan of Impending Doom would expect. It’s heavy, perfect for their fans to do weird karate moves and flare around like seizure-induced monkeys to, and doesn’t stray from the band’s roots. Haters of the band won’t be swayed by the album, and life will continue on with the stereotypical bashing playing out in the comment section below.Bottom line:
Baptized in Filth will have Impending Doom fans left satisfied, but haters will keep on hating at the band’s religious affiliation and conventional deathcore sound.
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