"Kaos Kommand 696" (Osmose Productions; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from Singapore, Impiety has a relentless, uncompromising modern take on raw black metal that borrows liberally from old-school thrash originators Sodom and Destruction. Impiety has been described as "war metal" and I totally agree. If I were going into battle I'd want Impiety's technical, blast-beat laden tunes firing me up no matter my fate (survival or death, victory or defeat).

My tolerance for Impiety's brand of brutality is pretty low. More often than not when I listen to this kind of brutal music I'm lucky if I listen to a song all the way through, let alone the entire disc. This is not the case with Impiety's "Kaos Kommand 696." The drumming is overpowering and adds to the never-ending crush of the stop/start tactics of the guitar and bass. Despite the two and a half chainsaws I gave this CD, it is an interesting album to listen to despite its faults.

Oh, yeah - as if I needed to mention this - Impiety's blasphemous, anti-Christian views soak this album through and through. Some of you will appreciate that and some of you won't; Iím just here to report the facts.

I usually don't talk about cover art, but the cover art for "Kaos Kommand 696" has to be described. The cover art for "Kaos Kommand 696" features whacked-out half-man/half-goat beasts wearing gas masks and modern rapid fire weapons with a typical background of apocalyptic dimensions. There's a bit of multiple juxtapositions going on there, but who am I to judge? In any case it does touch on all the band's preferred topics - war, apocalypse, military action, desecration, and blasphemy.

Limited edition copies (both digi-pak and vinyl versions) will contain bonus cover songs (Sextrash's "Black Church" and Blasphemy's "Goddess Of Perversity").

Fans of Destroyer 666 and Bestial Warlust will appreciate Impiety's "Kaos Kommand 696."

"Kaos Kommand 696" was produced by Berno Paulsson.

Impiety is Shyaithan on vocals and bass, Fyraun on lead guitars, and Fauzzt on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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