Impiety return silently with Versus All Gods that finds the band treading more or less the same territory but without much of the flair that made this band an enjoyable curiosity. On Ravage and Conquer the band displayed some fascinating ideas like the contrapuntal yet intense ending of “Weaponized“. While these moments were rare, there was potential for the band to realize that such fleeting moments if fully exploited could open much more possibilities for them.
Impiety don’t take advantage of those lucky occurrences and instead opt to drift even more towards the modern end of the spectrum. Songs are held together by simple choruses of shouted lines that distinguis these riff salads. Rhythm is the main factor here as the melody is provided by the constant lead guitar theatrics that occur far too frequently and fails at hiding the lackluster riffs. Rhythms are taken from the European strain of Death metal as seen on “Azazel” that borrows far too liberally from Pestilence’s “Chronic Infection”. Riffs are modulated only to highlight changes in rhythm while barely varying the cliched motifs and chord progressions.
Though at times Versus All Gods impresses with an occasional riff or a solo that happens to enrich the music rather than work against it, these can now be attributed to luck rather than any conscious decision as these instances are even less present here than the the previous record. Impiety have lost any value they could have once had and can’t compete with bands like Belphegor and Krisiun in the “War metal for people who don’t like war metal™” category which has worn out its welcome two decades ago.