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Review: Impaled Nazarene - Eight Headed Serpent
Impaled Nazarene
Eight Headed Serpent

Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 2021
Duration: 32:26
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: June 4, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)

I was surprised to see this new album land in my album as, for some reason, I had not heard of Impaled Nazarene since 2007's Manifest, despite there being two albums and some EPs since then. Obviously, there was a major in communications that I will have to rectify... ;)

Eight Headed Serpent starts off with a silly intro that, depending on my mood, either makes me laugh or shake my head. Maybe both sometimes. Anyway... That is just a prelude to an onslaught of fast, raw, chaotic and kind of punk-ish black metal like the band has been cranking out for many years. And they're still obsessed with goats. The vocals are insane, spiteful screeches that rip through the speakers and I found them decipherable for the most part if you pay enough attention (and crank the sound loud enough). Musically, this is a pedal to the metal, take no prisoners kind of speed fest that's pretty much unrelenting. If you've heard the band before, you know what to expect here. Why change what works, especially when it's good? That's what Impaled Nazarene does best. Full speed ahead, blasting every ear drum on their passage. This is not really the kind of album that leaves a mark once it's over, but it sure as hell destroys while it's on.

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