Impetuous Ritual
Blight Upon Martyred Sentience


3.8
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
July 17th, 2017 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still don't know what that title means.

In their efforts to out-murk themselves, Impetuous Ritual have plunged even further down the rabbit hole of extremes, with their latest opus pushing the fold about as much anything can whilst eschewing gimmickry. Sure, stylistic dead ends and diminishing returns are becoming a real prospect for Impetuous Ritual now, but they still sound rather novel in that few if any have taken this style as far as them. Though limits in death metal may seem to contradict the genre's very ethos, if Blight Upon Martyred Sentience doesn't represent some kind of apex, it's damn close.

This album acts as a canvas upon which you can project your own visions of Hell, at times functioning like dark-ambient-via-blackened-death. The dichotomy between “Void Cohesion”, the opener, and “Apoptosis” is potent – the former staggering at a snail’s pace while its brisk and frenetic sequel begins the wanton devastation. Embroiled in the utter chaos are thunderous, tremolo-picked guitar lines that are both technically sharp but also brutishly violent, coupled with atonal guitar solos that serve little purpose but to intensify the bedlam surrounding them. As is often the case with music as turbulent and opaque as this, impressions will change from one spin to the next. At first, the only thing enrapturing about the album is simply how bludgeoning it is, but as the riff and drum patterns come to the fore, it’s evident that Blight of Martyred Sentience is far more than just sonic debauchery.

That said, I'd be hard pressed to blame anyone for giving up, because this album is sibilant, fatiguing and when even halfway cranked, probably deafening. The resonant and filthy tones may be evocative, but they go on to punish the listener for trying to decipher their minutiae thanks to the master. This is a shame as the mix itself is perhaps the best Impetuous Ritual have had so far – combining the viscera of their debut with the earth-shattering bottom end of their sophomore. When the appeal of an album centres as much on aesthetic and sound as it does composition and instrumentation, it’s maddening to hear an album stifled, not by technical limitations, but a creative decision to have everything be as loud as possible.

Sadly, the fatigue and disinterest that may ensue can make one overlook this being, in reality, the most diverse Impetuous Ritual album so far. “Sullen” brings the tempo down to a crawl, distinguishing the faster tracks that bookend it; “Untoward Evocation” is also a paradoxical mix of lethargy and fervour, switching between the two in a manner as irregular as the atmosphere is malevolent. “Intransience”, the closer, employs more moderate pacing and even has a trickle of easy-to-recall progressions, riffs and melodies, morose as they may be. The latter feels as though it was forged from day-dot as a closing act, showing a level of artistic finesse that one may think is lost on Impetuous Ritual at a first glimpse – don't be fooled. Blight Upon Martyred Sentience is death metal at its most volatile whilst hiding multiple facets, satiating musical desires both studious and primal.




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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This took so long cause every time I listened to this my opinion changed, stream it on bandcamp:

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/blight-upon-martyred-sentience



Birb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A43JOxLa5MM

ianblxdsoe
July 17th 2017


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah, i'm glad this finally got a review. really solid album and a really solid review as well dude :D

EvoHavok
July 17th 2017


7238 Comments


Gotta try this and the second album. Cool stuff, Jac.

Relinquished
July 17th 2017


36605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

title isn't that complicated mane. good review tho.

StarlessCore
July 17th 2017


5455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"This took so long cause every time I listened to this my opinion changed, stream it on bandcamp:"



dude forreal



i still cant quite get into it tho, i think their other work is leagues better execution wise

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adr
July 17th 2017


11797 Comments


caverncore fuk yeah


brainmelter
July 17th 2017


4578 Comments


v nice jac

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


21998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album

emester
July 17th 2017


8181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno if im insane or not but the mix on this thing seems to be different every time I give it a go. Currently its a lot less recessed but idk if this some psychosis shit going on

BigPleb
July 17th 2017


51490 Comments


Just want a new Portal album tbh.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"the mix on this thing seems to be different every time I give it a go"



Well I've had a cold for the last week and it sounded like white noise for a bit so maybe something's going around D:

Shadowmire
July 18th 2017


4538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these guys are a bit silly but this has their most interesting writing so far

great review

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2017


5447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Murky

as

fuck

m/

Asmodeuss1990
July 18th 2017


367 Comments


MAXIMUM OVERMURK


zaruyache
July 18th 2017


17930 Comments


What's the difference between this band and running the vacuum and garbage disposal at the same time?

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2017


2124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what's the difference between what you just said and the reductive BS that I'd expect from a youtube comment?

Inveigh
July 18th 2017


26308 Comments


As much as I like the other two records I haven't had the urge to jam this yet. I actually think a slight progression towards accessibility would serve these guys well...

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2017


2124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is more varied than their first two but I wouldn't describe it as accessible in any capacity lol



I still reckon you'd dig

tempest--
July 18th 2017


20577 Comments


wait what i didnt even know these guys had a new album..

kingdedethefifth
July 19th 2017


4266 Comments


Good review Jac. Sounds fairly interesting, I love some murky DM so i'll probably enjoy this. By any chance are they anything like Dead Congregation? I've seen comparisons to them before.



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