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Terror Succeeds
Century Media

I read a "listeners-sound-off" collection of opinions about what's wrong with the music business on Salon recently, and while I agreed with the authors' unanimously nauseated assessment of the state of commercial radio (which isn't just bad now, but is truly the worst thing ever in the whole wide world, a few minutes' worth being enough to cause any right-thinking person to start praying out loud for swift, irreversible death), at the same time I wondered why these people weren't looking toward the more obvious places for new exciting music: the time-honored, the trustworthy places. The stalwarts. Like, you know, Swedish heavy metal.

Not getting any play anywhere near you is Terror Succeeds, the great new album by Impious. Terror Succeeds is ten death-metal songs played in that melodic, twin-guitar, boulder-heavy Swedish style. This style would be a constant topic of conversation if more journalists and radio people were getting paid under the table to write about it, but fortunately for good art and unfortunately for the would-be listener who wonders how come there's no good hard rock around any more, nobody at Impious' old label (Black Sun Records) or at their new one (Century Media, who absorb so many other labels' bands that they're like a heavy-metal Time-Warner, only less satanic) plays the game the way they're supposed to. The result is that unless you run out right now and buy Terror Succeeds, you'll never know how good it is.

If I could, I'd tell you about how brilliantly it welds harsh metal crunch to mid-tempo and cut-time riffs, and how exemplary it is of the melodic Swedish death-metal style, about which people of discernment should know at least enough to hold their own on the subject should it arise at a cocktail party. I'd tell you how clean the production is, and how tight the band plays as a whole. I'd tell you, but the record is actually quite brutal, and it has blown the top of my skull clean off, so I am going down to the hospital now. If somebody wants to bring me down my boombox and the Impious CD, I'm in room 236. Thanks in advance.

by John Darnielle

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