Impending Doom
Baptized in Filth


4.0
excellent

Review

by thechodewarrior USER (27 Reviews)
March 14th, 2012 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DEATH! ASCENSION! RESSURECTION!

Once a band with three guitarists, Impending Doom has dwindled down to 4 members on their new album Baptized In Filth and it's a huge improvement. Personally, I never really got into the band, but they had a few good songs, and had some nice riffs every once in a while, but it just wasn't enough to catch my full attention. That is, until they dropped 2 of 3 guitarists. Any band with more than 2 guitarists is a plain mess, unless they use them all to their full potential. Impending Doom didn't do that, and thus their first 3 albums were generic-but-fun at best. Baptized In Filth, however, is a prime example of what the now almost completely stale genre of deathcore can offer. Skullcrushing breakdowns (Murderer, Death, Ascension, Ressurection), brutal riffs (Chaos: Reborn, Angry Letters to God) and just overall tight and focused musicianship.

Each individual musician does what is asked of them and more. The drums are near flawless, and throw in some great fills and can range from very slow monotony, to breakneck blastbeats, all while providing a solid backbone to every song (listen to the title track to get what I mean). The bass is rarely audible, but when it is, at least it's trying to do it's own thing, and not just mindlessly follow the guitars. The guitars are looow. They sound almost djent, but take a more groove tone. The breakdowns, while mind-numbingly heavy, are very monotonous, and get old quickly. They could have much more with them, but they're decent nonetheless. The vocals are crisp, staying mostly in mid-range screams. In my opinion, the vocals are definitely the low point of the band, but having that been said, they aren't too bad. They just could've had more variety. Which leads me on to the 9th track, My Light Unseen featuring Ryan of Demon Hunter. This song could be passed for a Metallica ballad. There are clean vocals, clean(ish) guitars, and everything is packed with emotion. A huge high point for the album.

The songwriting hasn't progressed much. It's still pretty generic, featuring such deep lyrics like The future... written in the past which is ungodly redundant, and the slightly disturbing Giving birth to evil from the womb of hell. If lyrics aren't your main concern, they are easily overlookable and I guess it could be considered nitpicking, but those 2 lines in particular really bothered me for some reason. The only song with any thoughtful lyrics though is My Light Unseen. In conclusion, if you are tired of the same old '-core' bands, give this album a shot, it's worth at least a listen.

Recommended Tracks
-My Light Unseen
-Death, Ascension, Ressurection



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Shuyin
March 14th 2012


11831 Comments


i bet the album sucks and youre just trolling on us

Digging: Yoko Kanno - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1

Exodus287
March 14th 2012


43 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't stop listening to this album. It's not bad at all.

BallsToTheWall
March 14th 2012


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

first comment. ^ this.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Spec
March 14th 2012


27188 Comments


Hmm. Might listen to this.

AfterTheBreakdown
March 14th 2012


7157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

might be their best work yet.

BallsToTheWall
March 14th 2012


44620 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

There’s a new marque of darkness coming out of the amplifiers of Impending Doom. Three guitarists contribute to the density of sound that fills
your head like an inky black menace when first you hear this band. This is a band comprised of musicians who manipulate the genre of death
metal like a butcher wields his cleaver. Bending vocal sounds to his whim, Brook Reeves takes the listener on a downward spiral into the depths
of the band’s convictions where one may be surprised to find a shining light of unbelievable brilliance. The juxtaposition of guttural bellowing and
slaughterhouse wailing isn’t the only thing that catapults Impending Doom above the rest of the death metal bands.

Spec
March 14th 2012


27188 Comments


The fuck breakdown. Been talking about Despised Icon all day and you're nowhere to be found.

Activista anti-MTV
March 14th 2012


3146 Comments


Very well-written review. Also, is this not a Christian band?

AfterTheBreakdown
March 14th 2012


7157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was at work lol.

Spec
March 14th 2012


27188 Comments


MVP

AfterTheBreakdown
March 14th 2012


7157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

song is sick!^

MMX
March 14th 2012


4830 Comments


only really liked their first album, hated this

Eulogize
March 14th 2012


2969 Comments


Listened to two of their other albums and they were boring from what I actually remember.

And yes Activista, they're a Christian band. Or at least, they used to be.

sexpoi
March 14th 2012


599 Comments


i always heard that these guys were super generic but I might give this a shot. pretty good review

deathofasalesman
March 14th 2012


5850 Comments


This really reads like a 3 or 3.5 at most. You discuss a lot of low points and call most of the components of the album "generic."

AtomicShane
March 14th 2012


1830 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these guys sound alot better since i last heard them

Eulogize
March 14th 2012


2969 Comments


"DETHCOAR BLOWS BUT THESE GUISE ARE SOMETHING SPESHUHL 5/5"

Even though deathcore is my favorite genre this is the case on 3/4 of the reviews on this site.

KSK1
March 14th 2012


4090 Comments


Murderer is cool. Everything else is meh. Production is sick on this though.

KILL
March 14th 2012


71957 Comments


stop bumping fag albums

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Durrzo
March 14th 2012


1112 Comments


Listened to a few songs on youtube... they still sound pretty boring to me.



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