All That You Fear
~reviewed by Joel Steudler
It's hard to take a band like Impaled Nazerene seriously. One look at their stage names, the track list, and the album cover for All That You Fear says that these guys are either off their rockers or slyly perpetuating the 'satan r00lz! 666!' joke that has stereotyped black metal for years. Though they've been around burning churches and bashing Christians since 1993, this release is the first time I've heard the music of Impaled Nazerene, and probably will be the last... still, things aren't quite as bad as they sound.
The music on All That You Fear is as brazenly over the top as the band's image suggests. Nearly all of the thirteen tracks are blazingly fast metal bolstered by sandpaper screams from... er... Sluti666. Yeah. They range in style from straight up black metal to speedy punk-thrash and sometimes even finn-folk-metal, but the band doesn't often pause to take a breath. Extreme speed, extreme intensity, and extreme extremity are all present and extremely accounted for.
Unfortunately, this all becomes extremely boring and induces extreme headaches as the album drags on to the end of its forty two minute running time. There is not enough variance in terms of structure or melodic content to justify including so many similar songs. Perhaps thirty minutes worth of pretty good music could be culled from All That You Fear and turned into a concise and far more tolerable audio beatdown. As it is, though, I found myself tuning out the powerchord assault after a while in favor of daydreaming about listening to better albums.
Impaled Nazerene is capable of writing
tunefully excoriating metal... in short bursts. If they trimmed the
fat from the album and ditched the clichéd image they project, I'd
recommend their music to fans of extreme black metal and speed thrash.
Since they haven't done either, I won't urge anyone to spend money on All
That You Fear, for fear that it would encourage them to make even more.
Impaled Nazarene is:
Impaled Nazarene Official Site:
The End Records (US):