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Impaled Nazarene: Pro Patria Finlandia

Finland's veteran black metal/punk band Impaled Nazarene return with their ninth studio album Pro Patria Finlandia. Having been around now for over 15 years, the band has their style down pat and offer up no real surprises here, just plenty of hateful and speedy black metal littered with punk exuberance. Lead singer Sluti666 still delivers some of the most evil and maniacal vocals around, as he does so convincingly on songs like "Goat Sodomy", "One Dead Nation Under Dead God" (gotta love these titles!) and "Weapons to Tame a Land". The twin guitar attack of Tuomio and Onraj 9mm provides plenty of fast picked tremelo riffs and harmonies, and the relentless rhythm team of bassist Arc V 666 and drummer Repe Misanthrope bash your brains in with a non-stop assualt of crashing double bass drums and speedy grooves. In the end though this is my one problem with Pro Patria Finlandia, and Impaled Nazarene's music in general. Most of the songs follow the same course and in the end are almost interchangeable, as the riffs, vocals, and tempo of each track tend to sound the same after a while. It's not until mid-way on "This Castrated World" that you get any sort of slow paced and complex breakdown, and when you do it's a welcome relief.

I'm sure many die-hard Impaled Nazarene fans will love this new release, as technically speaking it's well executed black/speed metal with plenty of punk attitude. For my tastes though, I like a little more variety in my music, and there's not much to be heard here.

Track Listing
1. Weapons To Tame A Land
2. Something Sinister
3. Goat Sodomy
4. Neighbourcide
5. One Dead Nation Under Dead God
6. For Those Who Have Fallen
7. Leucorrhea
8. Kut
9. This Castrated World
10. Psykosis
11. Contempt
12. I Wage War
13. Cancer
14. Hate - Despise - Arrogance

Added: September 16th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Impaled Nazarene Website
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Impaled Nazarene: Pro Patria Finlandia
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-09-16 19:35:46
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There is nothing subtle about the music of Impaled Nazarene and for 15 years, they have shown the world that despite being banned or lambasted for their subject matter - which they simply will not change the course from delivering some of the most brutal Black & Thrash Metal that fans can hope to absorb. Lead singer Sluti666 is maniacal across the album as he belts out some of their more controversially titled tracks like "Goat Sodomy" and "This Castrated World" or "Something Sinister" (which has a chorus that will surely send some listeners off the edge). I think that this is the reaction that they want their music to have on you. Musically this is a very tight release and has many Punk aspects to it and perhaps that is the downfall of it besides the rather jarring lyrical content. As a piece of music, there is quite a bit of similarity across the recording with many songs finding the same drum pattern and guitar riffs under the growling vocals. This similarity might make this a boring CD for some of the fans who are listening to the more progressive and Experimental Black Metal bands. However, it is quite possible that this is the plan that the band had with the album but since I was not being present for the writing sessions I can only guess about that. I did enjoy a few tracks on the album, as they were the most detailed in terms of the music being executed on the piece. "One Dead Nation" has a pounding straight-ahead Metal feel to it and "This Castrated World" since it offered some thundering drumming that changed up from straight blast-beats at points.

The band established themselves long ago and no longer need to prove anything to the Metal buying public as to their appeal to the fans that enjoy this type of music. As a fan, I lean more towards a little more progressively themed Metal and find a release like this too repetitive yet for those who have followed Impaled Nazarene for the fifteen years past this is exactly what they are hoping for. The members on this recording are guitarists Tumio and Onraj 9mm while Arc V 666 and Repe Misanthrope handle the bass and drums to Sluti666's screams. It's not an album for everyone and yet somehow I think this is how Impaled Nazarene intended it to be.

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