I heard about Impureza from one of Islander’s posts on No Clean Singing, and, like half the new music I discover these days, I had to follow it up with a visit to their livestream. The concept of technical death metal and flamenco together sounded like a bit of a gimmick to me, but Islander assures that the flamenco flourishes are not only essential to the music, but give the songs a distinct flair.
He was absolutely 100% correct.
Flamenco music is performed in a flourish – it’s intense, passionate music played and danced to in a frenzy. The very word Flamenco comes from the Spanish word “flama” (flame / fire), and the music represents the intensity and passion of flame. There’s beauty there, yes, but the music sits on the edge, not quite controlled, ready at any moment to become a destructive inferno. And that inferno is called Impureza.
La Iglesia Del Odio (the Church of Hate) is technical metal at it’s best – pummelling your senses with riff piled upon riff, drums like machine guns, bass like the Gods of fucking war. And throughout the songs you can hear the creeping of the flames, the licking of those flamenco tunes reaching out to singe the edges of the music. Far from being hackneyed or gimmicky, the flourishes of accoustic guitar add interest and dimension to these brutal songs.
The title track “El Gitano Maldito” – one of the best on the albums – demonstrates Impureza’s approach to flamenco metal. They start with some seriously wicked technical death metal, akin to the more melodic Nile or Fleshgod Apocalypse songs, and alongside it, an acoustic guitar adds the flamenco flourish. “La Luz De La Luna Negra” is one of the best straight death metal songs I’ve heard in a long time – add that little flama in the bridge, and it only ramps up the awesome.
It’s interesting to note that despite the clear Spanish influences, Impureza are a French band, represented by French label Snakebite Productions.
One does not often hear a reviewer say this about genre-mesh-up bands, but what I’d really love to hear in their next release is MORE flamenco. The songs where the dual layering occurs are the real stars of La Iglesia Del Odio. These guys are clearly talented at writing technical metal – their sounds has a distinctly progressive note at times – and I’d love to see them push this to the next level.
You can find out more about Impureza and stream La Iglesia Del Odio in its entirety on the Impureza Reverbnation page.
And, in case that’s too much effort, check out their video for “La Checa del Perverso” below: