Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Anonymity is a rarity in this world nowadays. Everybody is so preoccupied with getting their voice out there, and to push their products or agenda. Rarely does anybody let their product speak for itself--and this is especially true for music. But here we are. I received the link to this album from Impostrous Lord in the DM's of my Instagram page. I was immediately intrigued due to the members of this band not being listed, desiring instead for the music to, as aforementioned, speak for itself. This is a special review for me, and I'm so happy to have had this sent to me.
This is the debut album from Impostrous Lord, entitled Devil's Veil.
There's a real dread-inducing atmosphere permeating this album. Songs like "Holy Avenging Blight" and "Poison of Catharsis" carry this chaotic sense of evil throughout the entirety of their run times. They also strangely have a hypnotic and meditative element. Don't get me wrong: the riffs are still very much in the black metal vein, but they have a melodic and atonal depth to them, helping build the atmosphere. "Murder in Heaven" is a more elegant and constructed approach to this album. More methodical and "slow-paced" (if you can really say that), this song is a journey in its own right.
With this album I feel that you are fully enveloped into the atmosphere as soon as you click play. The murky and cacophonous production style really serves it well. It has the familiar black metal edge, but gives Devil's Veil an even more sinister flavor. The melodies take place front in the mix, with the drums coming off in a more subtle way.
There's so much to unpack with this album. On a surface-level listen, one could say this album is simplistic, and to extent you would be correct...but this is, in fact, quite a layered album. There's so much depth and atmosphere to these songs that it can be hard to comprehend or hear. Impostrous Lord are definitely a band you need to look out for. While you could argue that they aren't doing anything completely new with black metal, their brand of dissonant atmospheric black metal is highly enjoyable. If you are into the extreme metal world and have an open mind, this is for you. Enjoy and cheers!
Impostrous Lord - Devil's Veil was released May 5th, 2021
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