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FOR FANS OF: Thy Art Is Mur­der, Winds Of Plague, Whitechapel

■ Emerg­ing from the five-year break since 2013’s Death Will Reign al­bum, Christian death­core mob Im­pend­ing Doom’s sixth LP sees the Cal­i­for­nian quin­tet ramp­ing up the djent-in­flected heav­i­ness to even more bru­tal heights than ever be­fore. From the tank-track rum­ble of War Mu­sic, to Evil’s out­right death-thrash as­sault, they have cre­ated a suf­fo­cat­ing tide of blood and fury here. There’s dy­namism, too: Paved With Bones de­liv­ers haunt­ing, post-apoc­a­lyp­tic hope­less­ness, while Devils Den is a tech-metal jud­der, and closer Run For Your Life (She Calls) swirls through pas­sages of en­tranc­ing post-met­al­core am­bi­ence be­fore div­ing back into limb-rip­ping heav­i­ness. True, the sheer dearth of any kind of sal­va­tion or pos­i­tive out­look means The Sin And Doom Vol. II sits a lit­tle awk­wardly in the Christian met­al­core church to which Im­pend­ing Doom be­long. But, re­gard­less of seem­ingly be­ing for­saken, long may their bru­tal wor­ship con­tinue. SAM LAW

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