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Impaled - The Last Gasp
Formed in 1997, Impaled has been a Carcass-clone for many years now. I saw them on their last European trek, and they made quite an impression on me back then. Never really got (or took) the chance to check them out later though, so this is my first encounter with these guys on record.
 
The Last Gasp is a cool death metal record in the style of, as I mentioned, Carcass. Just like Exhumed (whom were close buddies with Impaled, and occasionally featured some of the same people in the line-up), only a bit lower on tempo. Heavy grooving death metal riffs, lyrics that will make your stomach turn (just like the artwork), reviving the old school like the last ten years didn't even happen. Brutal shit.
 
But, compared to their live performance, I'm not that much blown away by The Last Gasp. And the main thing to blame is the production. It doesn't blast out of my speakers, it's just... there. And that's it. It's a bit dull with no ups (and luckily no downs either), so after a couple of tracks you lose attention, which is a pity because there are some cool riffs on this disc. I guess they just didn't have enough money to really make it worthwhile.
 
Overall the music is pretty excellent, bound to please any death metal fan. And I sure bet that these songs will blow me away in a live environment. But in a world where there are about as much death metal bands as there are sidewalk tiles, how do they plan to stand out, besides relying on their status and history. Time will tell. For now, fans of Carcass, Exhumed, The County Medical Examiners and of course old Impaled records can definitely buy this one.
Impaled - The Last Gasp
74/1001Details Candelight Records/Willowtip Records
Released on Tuesday Nov 6th, 2007
Death Metal

Writer @DemonDust on Saturday Dec 22nd, 2007

Tags: #Impaled
Tracklisting 1. G.O.R.E.
2. Sickness Is Health
3. The Visible Man
4. You are The Dead
5. All Gut, No Glory
6. Up The Dose
7. Torture of Duty
8. Masters of Ordure
9. Right To Die
10. Dawn of The Dread
11. The Last Gasp
Line up Sean ``Bloodbath`` McGrath - Guitar, Vocals
Dr. Jason Kocol, MD. - Guitars, Vocals
Ross Sewage - Bass, Vocals
Raul Varela - Drums