Released: 2013, Hells Headbangers Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Impious Baptism’ Wrath of the Apex Predator, is the first fully formed demon child of one J, formerly of Destroyer 666 and Nocturnal Graves, who has thus far given necro birth to a demo and two E.Ps, since he first began spitting black metal venom in 2010 with Impious Baptism he has done so in solitude.
Solitude can do strange things to a soul, but in J’s condition, of being a multi-musician, this curse is a blessing. So too is it for those whom find themselves standing in the shadowed depths of his offering Wrath of the Apex Predator.
Splitting the darkness into shattered shades of blackness the opening track Revelation to Annihilation offers a doorway into the second track The Age of the Firelords where J stands in a cave of classic black metal darkness exorcising his demons.
It is exactly what any admirer/devourer of classic, stripped back, black metal wants.
As one reaches further into the depths of Wrath’ elements of thrash whip the sonic soul into submission, accompanied by schizophrenic samples, and descending voices of doom.
Tracks such as Release the Titans Pt. II slow the heartbeat for moments only to cause erratic ones in the next. The end track Temple of Necromancy ends Wrath’ on much the same strengths it started a head and heart rush into a mire of black metal.
A slick production sound and expert musicianship makes Impious Baptism’ first full-length album an impressive achievement for this one man black metal marauder.
Recommended for admirers of Impaled Nazarene, Burzum, and Mayhem.
Review by Sarah Angelise