I usually frown upon compilation releases, with such releases feeling like a label’s attempt to milk as much cash as possible from fans, and the only reasons for me to actually get a compilation release are if the releases have become out of print, or if I am new to the band. For Impiety, it is more of the former rather than the latter, and Vengeance Hell Immemorial is the compilation release that tracks several of the band’s out of print demos and EPs in a single release, allowing fans of the band to trace the band’s growth since the very early days.
Longtime followers of the band would know what to expect, and starting from tracks taken from their Salve the Goat EP and the Ceremonial Necrochrist Redesecration demo, Impiety presents their early black/death metal sound, drawing parallels from early bestial metal bands such as Blasphemy, Archgoat and Beherit. This especially so on the tracks from Ceremonial Necrochrist Redesecration, with the aggressive and crushing riffs, along with the oppressive atmosphere that is in the air. With the Funeralight EP, the band once again displays a shift in style to a more black/death sound not unlike bands like Infernal War, with an increased focus on speed and intensity, a nice prelude to their infamous Skullfucking Armageddon album. Subsequent tracks showcase the style that is prevalent on releases from the Kaos Kommand era onwards, and is a more familiar style to the more recent releases of Impiety.
The last tracks are taken off the band’s split with Abhorrence in 2008, leaving out the newer EP releases, and subsequently the more death-metal leaning material, so those seeking out the Advent of… EP can get it separately instead.
The EP also displays the band’s sense of humour over the years, with the spoken interludes, intros and outros that are taken from the various releases of the band. For instance, Outronomicon sees the band presenting a brutalised version of Eye of a Tiger, before ending with sounds of pissing and the flushing of the toilet at the background.
Despite the constant change of members over the course of their history, Vengeance Hell Immemorial has proven that this has not caused much impact on the quality of releases of Impiety, though the evolution in sound and style of the band are rather obvious. But whatever it is, this compilation is still certainly a worthy addition to the collection of any fan of Impiety.