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Impavidus - Eradication of Mankind

I reviewed Impavidus’s demo recently here on the blog, and they’ve returned with a new four track EP called ‘Eradication of Mankind’. This continues their journey creating some of the more interesting melodeath to come out of this country for a while. It is out on the 29th March via Bandcamp.

Gloomy, blasting opener ‘Reprisal’ pulls no punches immediately, with haunting clean vocals twisting around the chunky riffing. The raspy screams of vocalist Michelle Adamson works well with the ragged melodies and chunky groove. There’s a more overt death metal influence on ‘Eradication of Mankind’, but I can’t say I’m overly convinced on the use of the clean vocals on ‘Lies’, which treads the fine line between extremity and commercial metal a bit too closely for me.

The fantastic ‘Void’ rescues that for me, with some delightfully galloping melodeath riffing and earworm melodies proving to be a hit, and closing with the almost sultry menace of ‘XII’ really puts a stamp on that Impavidus ‘sound’. They don’t sound like anyone else, and while ‘Eradication of Mankind’ has the odd stumble, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Impavidus cover art

Manchester newbies Impavidus (fearless in Latin) are another band coming up in the fertile city scene. Their debut EP is available on their Bandcamp page, and it is four tracks of solid deaththrash, influenced by the likes of The Haunted, Carcass and Machine Head.

Opener ‘Heaven’s Gate’ has more than a dash of Arch Enemy about it, probably due to the scathing vocals of Michelle Adamson. When she breaks out the clean vocals though, it becomes something else entirely. Backed up with growling male vocals, the duelling voices work well, and her clean vocal has this subtle oddity about it. They sound unique, which is a major thing for me these days. The guitar work is pure Gothenburg worship, but it’s full of headbangable moments, such as the spiralling lead work of ‘Exculpate’, which brings me fond memories of ‘Heartwork’-era Carcass.

Blending the groove of thrash and the breakdown destruction of modern death metal, adding some awesome guitar heroics and some stellar songwriting, Impavidus have got themselves a great start. There’s something for everyone here, from the galloping deaththrash of ‘Black Mirror’ to the twisting evolution of ‘Scourge’ from furious melodeath into an almost Mastodonian voyage into progressive territories. This is a band worth keeping an eye on for the future, not just because they do something different, but because they do it well.