I’ve been waiting for this album to be released pretty much as soon as Devilish Impressions’ previous album, “Diabolicanos – Act III: Armageddon”, was released. Devilish Impressions are one of those bands that just goes from strength to strength with each release and “Simulacra” is no exception.
“Simulacra” is, however, very different to the band’s previous work. While “Diabolicanos” and “Plurima Mortis Imago” (and “Eritis Sicut Deus” for that matter) could quite comfortably be described as Blackened Death Metal (no matter how avant-garde they may be), that label doesn’t really fit this album. Yes, Blackened Death Metal does play a huge part here, but Quazarre and co have most definitely developed their own sound here. “Lilith” is a key example – it’s a track with haunting clean vocals that probably would have sounded out of place on previous releases. Here, it sounds natural and its unexpected power has led it to becoming one of my favourites from the album (and it’s downright beautiful!).
As with previous releases, Devilish Impressions have once again used a killer combination of melody and harsh brutality. They know when to go full throttle and hit you with some of Icanraz’s spectacular drum beats and they know when to lull you into a false sense of security. The band have made use of orchestral sounds, complex rhythms, fantastic leads and a combination of two very different vocal styles (Quazarre has really shown what he is capable of vocally here). There’s a lot going on within each track, but it’s not overpowering.
Highlights include… well, the whole album. But, I’d especially recommend you checking out “Icaros” (a fantastic example of how to compose an amazing track), “Lilith” (for the reasons mentioned above), “Fear No Gods!” (because it sounds insane – especially after the calming effect of “Lilith”), “Vi Veri Vniversum Vivus Vici (not only is this track pretty much the embodiment of perfection, it also displays some shockingly good guitar solos) and “Solitude” (because it sounds colossal).
This is an album that needs to be heard to be believed. It shows Devilish Impressions jumping off at the deep end, fearlessly trying new things and creating something breath-takingly original. “Simulacra” is an album that I could quite happily listen to all day on repeat.