Mixing together a deadly combo of death and black metal is Impure Ziggurat and above you can see the artwork for their latest EP titled Serenades of Astral Malevolence. This EP treats you to three total songs with the opener being a short intro and the other two songs clock in at over four minutes providing you with a healthy dosing of blasphemous metal. After the intro concludes Impure Ziggurat jumps straight into the blackened heart of the EP and from the first note of the first full song they keep on rolling at a blistering pace. The only reprieve that you get is when each song cuts away to sinister audio samples but right after that they continue with their blasphemous ways.
Impure Ziggurat does a great job of mixing both black metal and death metal together to create a cohesive soul tearing sound. Each song is equal parts black metal and equal parts death metal, so while you feel like you are getting prepped for a sacrifice you are getting brutalized all at the same time. The two full songs on this record are entirely sinister and seem to aim for letting the blood of anything and anyone that stands before them. Both of these songs are well put together death machines that you have no choice but to headbang to.
Each song is riddled with venomous slashing riffs, tumultuous drumming, heavy bass lines and vicious vocals that sound as though the vocalist just ripped off a chunk of flesh and decided to record. The musicianship is on point and the vocals are forceful and menacing and with that coupled with the raw production you are provided with a purely savage listen. With Serenades of Astral Malevolence only packing two full songs it still gives you plenty of content to listen to as both songs-as mentioned before-clock in at over four minutes. This is a short EP but it is wholly entertaining, raw and sadistic.
After releasing a demo in 2015 this is a great follow up and another great jumping off point. From here it seems that Impure Ziggurat can only trend upward and while we wait for a full length we have Serenades of Astral Malevolence to tide us over. This really is a solid release as it displays the destructive power of Impure Ziggurat and it only makes you wonder what a full length would sound like, but until that time comes, get your sacrifices ready and crank up these blasphemous tunes.