Record Label: Osmose Productions
After a seven-year publishing hiatus, the longest in the history of the band, Finnish Impaled Nazarene released their thirteenth studio album “Eight Headed Serpent”. To say that this album is one of the best in their discography would be a tremendous flattening of the subject.
The very beginning of the album offers the listener an interesting, highly humorous intro, somewhat reminiscent of the procedure that Marduk used on his first EP “Fuck Me Jesus”. In the case of Marduk it was a scene of masturbation with a crucifix from “The Exorcist”. Impaled Nazarene used (I think) an original fragment, stylized as an old movie. There is no finesse here, but who would expect it from this Finnish black metal machine. When the intro of just a few tens of seconds ends, the real f ** k in good old fashion begins. Previously known as a single, “Goat of Mendes” clearly shows the tremendous progress made by the band during the seven-year hiatus. It’s fast and hard, the uncompromising playing spills out of this album for over half an hour. Each track immediately catches the ear.
After listening to this black metal work of destruction several times, my brain knew immediately what notes should sound after the end of a specific number. Mika and the rest of the band strongly emphasized his punk-theme inspirations on this album. A lot of the songs in the middle of the album sounded like a fusion of Impaled Nazarene and Motörhead. In this way, the Finns once again showed the black metal scene, where they have their opinions on what an artist is doing in this environment and what is not. A great component of the album is the last “Foucault Pendulum”, which with its slightly calmer character emphasizes the intensity of the album you have listened to. I’ve always said that Impaled Nazarene didn’t make a bad album. I am glad that I can maintain this opinion at least until the premiere of the next album of the Finnish black metal legend.
Impaled Nazarene – Eight Headed Serpent (full album)