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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2012
In my review title, I called this "deathcore"... because that's what it is. Classic death metal purists needn't bash this album, because it doesn't claim to be "death metal." On the other hand, I believe anyone who listens to this music with an open mind will very quickly fall in love with some of the heaviest deathcore/groove metal of the past decade. Do you like breakdowns? Buy this album. Do you like powerful/clean lyrics? Buy this album. Do you like screams that sound like thunder being filtered through human vocal chords? Buy this album. Do you love Impending Doom? The answer is yes... you do... and you should buy this album.

That first paragraph was my opinion as a shamelessly devoted fanboy... This paragraph is my technical breakdown of "Baptized in Filth" when stacked against the bands previous works. The opener ("Murderer") should be the first clue that this is definitely Impending Doom 2.0. It's fast, unrelenting and sounds like "The Famine" on steroids. The melodic guitar is standard of the style, but works well to the advantage of the song. By the time the relentless breakdowns hit you in the face, you are well and ready. "For the Wicked" continues in similar form as Brooke bellows "The mark of the BEAAASST!!!" Again, a very fast and technical song with a definable chorus, a thrashy beat and a lot of biting lyrical content. To me, the album REALLY picks up with "Chaos: Reborn" and it shows us an entirely new side of Impending Doom that is as thoughtful as it is brutal. The high guitar riffs are amazingly mood enhancing (and the crushing breakdowns that follow are amazingly intense.)

My personal breakdown of Impending Doom albums is as follows (keep in mind, this is just my opinion.)

1. The Serpent Servant/Baptized in Filth (Exceptional/Perfect)
2. Nailed. Dead. Risen. (The Classic that Takes a Close Second)
3. There Will Be Violence (Amazing Album... Just SLIGHTLY Less Intense and Less Impacting as a Whole)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
Even with the advent of Christian rock and metal in the early nineties, there are still people who wish to make controveries over the style, claiming it to be Satanic, and I have no doubt they'd cite Impending Doom's self-proclaimed "gorship" style as such, which would be to completely miss the point altogether. The cover looks decisively evil, yet, lyrically, this is about where worship is to go to, not to religion, but to Yahweh, not the people who claim to be "spokespeople" using rituals and fake words to better their own image. There are even several thought-provoking lines in several songs that drive home their point in each song's theme (one of my personal song themes is in "For the Wicked").
Musically, it sounds like they try experiment with different types of musical sounds and more in this album than they tried with in their previous album, There Will Be Violence. Yes, it's dark, but so is the Bible, so comparatively speaking, it's on-rails. It seems like everything about this album is a major improvement over their last two albums, not just musically and lyrically, but also on the album art, even if there are no bright colors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
This is probably one of the BEST Deathcore CDs I have ever heard! I mean it was angry, it was gnarly, it was intense, it was atmospheric, and it was very impressive!

Song-by-song ranking (1 to 10; 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest)

Murderer: 9, I was hooked on this song for a LONG time and it is easily one of my favorites off the album!

For The Wicked: 9, at first this song was really boring to me, but that quickly changed when I realized one of the lyrics was "giving birth to evil from the womb of hell" pretty intense.

Chaos: Reborn: 10, this song is like one of my favorite songs of ALL time, this song is that awesome!

Deceiver: 11, THE BEST SONG ON THIS ALBUM! Probably because it is such a scary song (esspecially when accompanied by the music video!).

Falling Away: 7, it was an okay song not really that imperssive esspecially when this is the song right after deceiver!

Absolute Horror: 10, a short awesome little song! I mean it is short! It doesn't even break two minutes! But it is STILL one of the best on this album!

Angry Letters To God: 10, now this is the song that should've came after the awesome deceiver because since that song was the scariest on the album and this is the most chilling song on the album!

Baptized In Filth: 10, as much as the title disturbs me, it is an AWESOME song! Though, it was another short song on the album, it was still a very good listen!

My Light Unseen(feat. Ryan Clark of Demon Hunter): 11 I believe this is a ballad, BUT IS THE SECOND BEST SONG ON THIS ALBUM!

Death. Ascension. Resurrection: 9, seeing how this seems like it was trying to be the continuation of "Nailed. Dead. Risen." it falls short of my expections, but it was nonetheless a great listen!

So, if you don't buy this album now, then you are a lost cause :P
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
It took me a while to getting around to buying this album, but once I did I haven't been able to put it down 2 months later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
If you are looking for christian death metal that does not have singing in every single song then this is the band for you. Great christian point of views and definitely song heavy music. Good break downs but some awesome rhythms to bob your head to, definitely a 5 star album. If you don't already have it then you NEED to get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
Very good cd from start to finish! Saw these guys in concert and they rocked, figured I'd support them and buy their album. Glad I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
very well done, sound is as clear as a bell. exactly as described. came faster in the mail than anything.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
This is one of my favorite albums of the year. The screams are low and satisfying. The production value is fantastic. The songs leave a little to be desired lyrically, but only a little. And maybe I'm expecting too much after listening to Demon Hunter. But this album is wonderfully brutal and will pump you up for anything. And as always, Impending Doom leaves no ambiguity as to their beliefs, and that is very refreshing even if you don't agree with them. I like it much better than their last album, and I liked it quite a bit. The line, "I AM A MURDERER" is ridiculously powerful. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
I've been a following Impending Doom since 2010 when they released There Will Be Violence. Needless to say, when I heard the title track of that album, I was impressed. Shortly after that, I purchased The Serpent Servant in order to experience their earlier material. "There Will Be Violence" is easily one of the most-listened-to albums in my collection while "The Serpent Servant" is steadily growing on me.

I believe "Baptized In Filth" marks a new chapter for Impending Doom. They took most of the elements from their two previous albums and vastly improved upon them. Brimming with ferocity, Impending Doom captures almost all that I like about this sub-genre of metal. "Baptized In Filth" spews forth a raw intensity and volcanic rage that is nearly unmatched by its peers. This album is a refreshing addition to the metal world, which is dominated by unoriginal, stale, copy-cats.

In the words of bassist, David Sittig, "'Baptized In Filth' represents the mindless indulgence and self-worship in the vile world we live in." Impending Doom has stayed true to their message, overall sound, and musical roots, but their creativity has continued to blossom. This album is unrelenting--full of potent lyrics and vivid imagery. From the incredibly aggressive "For The Wicked" to the eerily dark anthem "My Light Unseen", this album delivers some of the heaviest music I've experienced. Each song has that undeniable Impending Doom "stamp", but they are still unique and maintain a sense of unity. The album is fairly short but I'd rather have a shorter album full of good songs than a longer album with filler. "Quality over quantity" as the saying goes...

Impending Doom pulls no punches in their live performance--a "must see" for any heavy music fan. I had the opportunity to meet the band after a show, and despite the foreboding nature of their music and appearance, all four guys were very warm and friendly. They even took the time to ask how I enjoyed the show as well as sign my CD's!

Impending Doom has set the proverbial bar extremely high for themselves and I look forward to their next release with mounting anticipation!

Buy this album! You will not be disappointed.

5.0 of 5.0
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
Best CD yet by awesome Christian metal band Impending Doom they have added a great touch to the overall feel of the album with light unseen. God Bless Impending Doom
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