Impaled Nazarene - Death Comes in 26 Carefully
By Marcus Pan
For fifteen years and ten albums Finland's Impaled Nazarene have
been slamming their brand of dirty black metal. Their live shows rival some of
the best metal spectacles the world over according to Kerrang. Finland's
version of Gwar, Impaled Nazarene's Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected
Pieces is their first official live record and was originally recorded on
December 19th '04 at Helsinki's Tavastia Club.
A long 26 tracks of some of the heaviest thrash and speed
I've heard, Death Comes is a brutal smash to even the hardest core fans.
The band is staunchly Satanic in their sensibilities and its painfully
obvious in their music (We're Satan's Generation, Sadistic 666,
Sadogoat) as well as their imagery. Unlike most speed metal bands, Impaled
Nazarene aren't your typical "speed it up so they can't tell we can't play for
shit" brigade. The music is highly technical, well performed and surprisingly
the album is excellently mixed and mastered for a live recording. The album
photography within the jacket is excellent, and gives a very good idea of the
brutality of the group on stage.
Of course you can't understand any of the lyrics, being the
guttural decimated growl typical of black metal which is what makes it
difficult for most folks' sensibilities. But the lyrics are included for those
who aren't affected by continuous visions of horror, war, decadence, brutality,
devil worship and gore. The lyrics take on a poetic tack and don't combine with
the music, instead being somewhat spoken (screamed?) word style against the
backdrop of aggressive guitars and gut smashing percussion. Most black/speed
metal fans would argue that this is expected and welcomed.
My regular listening in the metal confines usually went as
far as Megadeth and old school Metallica and I usually don't listen to music
this sped up and guttural. I can say for certain that Impaled Nazarene are one
of the most brutal depictions of thrash and could easily shred eighty percent
of the rest of the troops out there doing it and then hang for a beer with the
other twenty. With twenty six tracks from their career and being their first
live record, any Darkthrone, Marduk, Ritual Carnage or Gwar fan would be doing
themselves a disservice for not picking up Death Comes in 26 Carefully
Selected Pieces which is destined to be a defining moment of the black
metal culture and sound.
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