Review by Alex on November 14, 2019.
Of men battling between their reckless desires and philosophies of right and wrong tumble to an inescapable and irredeemable abyss granting all urges while robbing them of sanity, find only a place in which their pleasures are but scratches to a morally and spiritually torn abode. Somewhere in Mexico City Mexico 4 men arrive at the conclusion that there is no escape from the siren of temptation and tragedy thus their shells become fully committed conduits to channel their collective depravity in a series of torments breaking apart the holy pillars overshadowed by "Glorious Impurity".
No single wandering mind could birth into life such a disastrous display of death metal without subjecting itself to the peril and pleasure portrayed; hence to make manageable such an ancient force of evil the accursed quartet of In Obscurity Revealed answer the slithering hiss of whores chased for ages with a brutish and bold display of death metal/black metal. Casts in a slingshot of war metal styled drumming and untamed vox, "Glorious Impurity" from an angle only bares the tag by chance as every note played alters the genre's path to reflect an animalistic rite. 'Our Crimson Madness' flings you into a chasm of carnivorous vocals, a whirlwind of riffs and ransacking drums. What began on a linear path of death metal suddenly shape-shifts with the introduction of 'Coven Maleficia' implying the first track was but a 3 minute prep and stretch session for what was to follow. With riffs starting to appear out of control and the drumming adopting an almost acrobatic carriage moving quick and deft with what little space is granted by the guitars, the fills and rolls pour out their own share of oohs and aahs, among riffs and solos left and right.
At the center of all this happens to be a competition occurring among guitars and drums not exclusive of the bassist as he is made to fend for himself all the while playing the role of a referee through the fierce competition. 'Beast and Serpent', 'Congress Cum Rampage', and 'Abhorrent Coffins' are the results of such rivalry taking place, tracks that not only dominate the highlights but push "Glorious Impurity" beyond the mark of an average death metal band and album. Vircolac brushes the senses too often to not find some similarities sound-wise leaving me to wonder whether In Obscurity Revealed is in anyway influenced by the Irish lads.
This very thin sheet separating black and death metal is torn too often to not recognize the breach in genres taking place, fundamentally death metal by riffs but the vocals and drumming sing a different tune that when fused causes a reaction. Even during the instances where In Obscurity Revealed disassembles or suppresses dominant elements to focus on lesser influential ones such as on 'Beast and Serpent' where the bassy groove parts the quarrel momentarily; those quieted sediments still come afloat and could be heard rumbling beneath the meaty layers of bass.
The topography of "Glorious Impurity" though strikingly death metal through the riff work offers more than what meets familiar ears and its there In Obscurity Revealed entices the listener/s inquisitive ears to detect even the most minuscule detail hiding beneath a bombardment of foul vocals, skilled riffing+soloing and a semi-gymnastic approach to the drums. Down this jagged cavity In Obscurity Revealed has uncovered, "Glorious Impurity" proves to be not just a strong album but a challenging one strenuous to the unseasoned.
Rating: 8.7 out of 10201