This sounds nothing like anything Impending Doom has ever written. That being said, Baptized In Filth is a very surprising album by how different it sounds compared to anything in their past catalog. Let’s take a short retrospective: Nailed. Dead. Risen. was a muddled goregrind/death metal album with few breakdowns, Serpent Servant was leaning towards more metalcore with deathcore elements, and There Will Be Violence was pure and heavy deathcore. Baptized In Filth is the epitome of everything they’ve done up to this point. It’s primarily deathcore, but with a few new (and very surprising elements) added in, such as alternative metal. But more on that later.
Being that we’re about seven years into the hardcore generation, it’s extremely rare to hear satisfying breakdowns nowadays without thinking of where the band ripped it off at. “Murderer” kicks it off with an absolutely sick breakdown that utilizes both the drums and guitars trading off back and forth to create a behemoth, which streamlines perfectly into the metalcore-ish verse that has death metal double bass shaking the ground beneath you. Brook is growling at his all time best, which was previously thought impossible after the last album.
Going almost straight death metal for the next track, “For The Wicked” will put the –core haters to shame with their eclectic and unique blend of death metal and deathcore. Rapid drums keep this track going where it needs to go, the guitars just give off such immense energy, and Brook’s vocals is the blood that keeps this monster alive and conquering. “Giving birth to evil / From the womb of hell” pretty much sums up the direction the lyrical direction of the track, along with “Beware of the mark of the beast.”
Every track brings something new to the table, and “Falling Away” is no exception. It’s a more straight forward and basic song done in metalcore fashion, but with lower guitar tuning and blast beats with a few sweeps here and there thrown in for good measure. The breakdowns are really heavy and are not just basic chugs. They pave the way towards the verse sections of the song, showing a more progressive element in their song writing that ninety nine percent of bands these days are missing.
The biggest surprise of not only this album, but of their career, is the track “My Light Unseen.” It’s (believe it or not) a slightly alternative metal song that features Ryan Clark from Demon Hunter using cleanly spoken vocals that are simply stellar. Although it’s unprofessional to add a personal note, I would love to see them make more songs like this. The man can sing. The guitars are slightly ominous and, at times, drag out a little to doom metal standards. Overall, this is a standout track. For some reason, it’s listed on iTunes as an instrumental, but it’s really not.
Impending Doom seems to completely reinvent themselves for every album. If one were to listen to their albums back to back, you would have to check and make sure it’s all still the same band. The last track mentioned in this review proves this fact even more so. Solid effort from one of the premiere chug-and-chug bands in today’s over-saturated breakdown scene.