Die In Holland [EP] Review

artist: Impaled Nazarene date: 12/17/2013 category: compact discs
Impaled Nazarene: Die In Holland [EP]
Released: Dec 12, 2013
Genre: Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Punk Hardcore
Label: Osmose
Number Of Tracks: 2
Impaled Nazarene deliver another chaotic batch of black metal on their new EP "Die in Holland," that will leave most listeners scratching their heads as to what they just heard.
 Sound: 6
 Lyrics: 5
 Overall Impression: 5
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overall: 5.3
Die In Holland [EP] Featured review by: UG Team, on december 17, 2013
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Sound: Impaled Nazarene are Finnish black metal band, who first broke out onto the scene back in 1990. The group are credited to having helped pioneer the black metal music scene in their country, and to date have released over ten studio albums which have made an impact on the international music charts. Impaled Nazarene are renowned for their Satanic and Nazi-associated lyrical content; most of this fame came as a result of the band's 2007 album "Manifest," which was subsequently banned from circulation in Germany. The group's most recent effort was 2010's "Road to the Octagon," and now Impaled Nazarene are making a return with their new EP "Die in Holland." The title of this two song EP alone does enough to let the soon-to-be listener know what is waiting for him upon pressing the play button: racing, chaotic death metal. The opening self-titled track returns the established listener into a familiar groove set around blunt screams, nearly undecipherable lyrics, manic percussion playing and pick grinding guitar work. It's important to note that the instrumental side of these two songs are actually quite impressive. There are some evident punk and hard rock influences present in the chord progressions that would normally be proud highlights in almost any band. The percussion playing, if the tempo was slightly reduced, would similarly be a formidable backbone within the composition. Even the lyrical content, while at times very out of place and stomach turning, could fit the rest of the piece with ease if the person executing said lyrics was talented enough. However, lead vocalist Mika Luttinen is the unignorable downside to these two recordings. His deafening screams quickly become out of place, and when set against heart pounding drum work and spark producing guitar work makes for a jumbled mess sound wise. It is with albums like these where it almost sounds like these musicians just met together for the first time and are just messing around in the studio, and not like a band who has been together for over two decades creating music. We find this to be the same case on track two, a cover of "Let's Start a War" originally by the band The Exploited. Solid guitar work does a commendable job at welcoming the listener to what should have been a bold cover song, however Luttinen's singing style immediately begins clashing with the rest of the cut. // 6

Lyrics: Mika Luttinen is the main downside to the two songs present on "Die in Holland." I am not saying it doesn't take plenty of skill to be able to go out every night for over twenty years and emit lung bursting screams for crowds of thousands. Not only that, but a black metal singer such as Luttinen has to face the challenge of keeping up his performances he originally gave in the '90s. It does take talent in order to give the type of performance which Luttinen gives on "Die in Holland," however when he is placed against fast paced guitar and drum work while screaming at just the same pace, it doesn't allow any one section within the song to standout, to have a chance to breathe and capture the listener's attention. Instead it comes across as a blindly angry mess. // 5

Overall Impression: The members of Impaled Nazarene clearly all have musical talent, however they fail at allowing this same skill to surface on their new two song EP "Die in Holland." Each section within the mix is set at backbreaking paces, which clash horrifically and ultimately leaving very little which stands out. // 5

- Lou Vickers (c) 2013

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