Nashville trio Act of Impalement have returned following a gap of five years with their sophomoric full length album ‘Infernal Ordinance’. Whilst that may sound like nothing more than re-filing all of Hell’s tax returns, the album itself is a famished beast eager for meat! US label Caligari Records are responsible for unleashing this highly anticipated second album, and they’ll do so on both CD and cassette formats.
Opening with ‘Summoning the Final Conflagration’, and Act of Impalement groove straight into a smooth flowing blend of guttural Death Metal vocals mixed with oppressive Doom laden riffs, surging drum tones that keep things moving at a rapid pace, and the constant pummelling of bass. Despite the lengthier nature of the opening track, Act of Impalement then blaze headlong through a series of shorter tracks, each more gnarly than the last and all of them sporting a heavy old school Death/Doom style.
There is no let up in intensity throughout the albums full twenty nine minute tenure, and the level of creativity, punishment and musicianship is remarkably high. Moments of particular note; the blazing guitar solo during ‘In Wolflight’ that was a very nice touch, as well as the supremely catchy crust/doom tones of ‘Specters of Unlight’ that then break down into crunchy slabs of pummelling, chugging riffs.
Great album, and also great to see Act of Impalement return after five years of silence.