Impavidus - Eradication of Mankind
Impavidus fearlessly throw away the rulebook to create a tasty sonic soup
Words: Paul Cooke
George Orwell apparently once proclaimed Manchester as being “the belly and guts of the nation,” and, whether this bears a modicum of truth or not, there is certainly at least one Manchester band displaying plenty of these characteristics in their attempt to stand from the crowd. Their name is Impavidus. Learn it well.
The idea of a heavy metal scene being overcrowded is a nonsense one – I mean who ever had enough riffs? Anyone who loves heavy music knows this and there are no shortage of bands willing and able to wreck your neck. It is, however, slightly more tricky to carve out a distinctive sound above the thunderous racket and white noise. And so, dispelling the myth that fans of all things weighty are narrow-minded in their tastes, Impavidus fearlessly throw away the rulebook to create a tasty brew of varied influences and ingredients and serve up a tasty, beefy sonic soup. Yum.
The real key to Impavidus’ distinctive sound is, as always, Michelle Adamson’s vocal stylings. Take the seductive, inviting banshee wail of opener Reprisal that breaks into a vicious growl before winding into a middle-eastern sounding bridge that invokes the work of Israeli singer Ofra Haza. Lies, however, invokes classic Debbie Harry.
But, soaring vocals and catchy melody aside, what else have Impavidus got to offer? Well for one it’s butt-kickingly heavy and unswervingly groove-laden. Think Gojira bumping uglies with Heartwork era Carcass and you’ll get some vision of the beasts at work in the riffs. The technically precise drumming and blast beats, heaving bass work, chunky riffs and some dazzling guitar pyro guarantee mosh pit flailing aplenty even if you’re just on your own at home.
Remaining just on the right side of non-commerciality, this new EP is a strong release that sees Impavidus further assert themselves as a brick-heavy musical force in Manchester and beyond, and hearing these tracks live promises to be a treat. I’ve witnessed them live before and giving less than 100% is not on the cards in the intensity stakes for these guys. Eradication of Mankind is released March 29, 2017. Be there