Impious - _Holy Murder Masquerade_
(Metal Blade, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (5.5 out of 10)
With a grand concept brought to life by a beautifully illustrated graphic novelette rendered in the CD sleeve, you're almost rooting for Impious to come good and deliver the monster record that 2004's _Hellucinate_ should have been.

Judging the proverbial book by its cover in this case brings mostly disappointment however, as Impious regurgitate a hundred Swedish riffs from yesteryear with very little in the way of creative insight to lend the music just a hint of originality or x-factor. Songs like "Bloodcraft" and the brooding title track break the conveyer belt mould and win out by virtue of the sheer exuberance with which they're performed -- but overall, _Holy Murder Masquerade_ is the sort of album you recommend to that die-hard Hypocrisy fan who's worn out his second copies of _Abducted_ and _Virus_.


(article published 18/1/2007)

9/4/2010 A El Naby 7.5 Impious - Death Domination
12/31/2004 J Smit 7 Impious - Hellucinate
3/26/2003 A Lineker 7 Impious - The Killer
3/13/2001 A Cantwell 6 Impious - Terror Succeeds
1/16/1999 D Rocher 10 Impious - Evilized
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