Devilish Impressions - Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon

Devilish Impressions changed my impression of its release, "Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon", from the first two listens to the third-it got better. When I first heard this album my mind got stuck in a horror-metal loop and I heard mostly Misfits and Devils Whorehouse influences, but my ears finally jumped that hurdle and heard the awesome power and chopping energy waiting on the other side. And the other side it is. Devilish Impressions refers to itself in its literature and on its sites as black / death metal and I absolutely agree. The CD opens with simple loud yelling and very full and open guitar riffs, things that I might connect with horror metal, and the vocals are not growly-evil in the first track at all. The guitar riffs pile up and the band builds in some harmonies only in that first track, the track that sounds more like horror metal and less like black or death metal.
But in the second track, “Rex Inferni,” the real depressive stuff is ready and the metal riffs pound out solid black metal. The keyboards are essential in this mix, even though there are many people who disagree with that statement. I like the filler they add to this track and I find that the blackness is amplified because the vocals are sort of staccato and barked curtly against those keyboards. All the while, the guitars produce a wall of accompaniment and the drums blast along in typical black metal style. This track also made me think of something from the production value of Dimmu Borgir in a way too. But this track has some oozing sounds in it toward the end that remind me more of gore bands like Plasma or Erythrioblastosis Fetalis. The third track, “The Word Was Made Flesh Turned Into Chaos Again,” opens with more oozing sounds but then kicks into black metal vocals after just about fifteen seconds or so. It is this capability that Devilish Impressions has in its agility to blend so well elements of powerful Polish death metal, black metal, and gore music that makes the band’s labeling of itself as black / death metal meaningful and still incomplete. Devilish Impressions is even better than that. "Diabolicanos - Act III: Armageddon" is a heavy album that creates tension, lets it loose, and then builds it again all over until the end of the CD. I will not hesitate to mention that in the traditions of Polish metal, Devilish Impressions has certainly made one on me.

Go buy it.

1. T.H.O.R.N.S.
2. Rex Inferni
3. The Word Was Made Flesh Turned Into Chaos Again
4. I Am The Son Of God
5. Tales Of BabylonÕs Whore
6. Diabolicanos
7. Natas Ro Dog On Si Ereht (Of Plagues And Blasphemy)
8. Har-Magedon
9. Mass For The Dead
Conquer Records
Reviewer: twansibon
Feb 26, 2009
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