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Impaled are back after two years, and The Last Gasp is a testament to their undying aggression and medical mischief. As some of you are already aware, their 2005 release, Death After Life, was widely criticized as being a Heartwork-era Carcass rip-off, and to some extent it was true, they had lost the edge of their relentlessly grinding early days (much in the same way as Carcass themselves). Or so we thought. The Last Gasp, for lack of a better expression, is a breath of fresh, fetid air into Impaled’s lungs. Opener “G.O.R.E.” kicks you in the face with heavily punk influenced grind, even complete with cheesy gang chants and chugalug riffs (for those who detest the core scene, such as myself, do not be turned off by this, no traces of core here). Furthermore, they have almost balanced the use of Walker-esque rasps and the gurgled vocals yore, which adds a much more balanced and interesting sound. Not only have Impaled regained their grind; they also pay homage to their home, Bay Area Thrash. The riffs from songs like “Masters of Ordure”, could well have come off of Megadeth’s Killing is my Business… For those who look for Carcass worship, Imapled still have that unbeatable sense for melody, and even incorporate some of the more twisted melodies from their side-project Ghoul. These new elements all culminate in tracks such as “The Visible Man”, “You Are the Dead” and “Up The Dose” making them immediate classics.
Many wonder, “What would Impaled be without stomach churning album art?” well fret not demented gore-lings, The Last Gasp’s cover is adorned with a blindfolded woman who has evidently just vomited up her own innards. What more could you ask for?
The real question it boils down to is, is Impaled another Carcass clone, the answer is an emphatic and wholehearted no. Though their approach is based on that of the grand masters (Carcass) they bring in other influences like punk and thrash. Furthermore they approach similar issues with a sense on humor and adolescent fun, and no one likes a gore grind band that take themselves too seriously. All in all, this is on my album of the year list.
Originally for: www.leviatan-magazine.com