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Anyone who found disappointment with prior album RAPTURE should be appeased by the latest IMPALED NAZARENE: NIHIL. Some weren't so favorable of the pronounced punk influence in RAPTURE. While I'm not among them (the only IN I never have to hear again is SUOMI FINLAND PERKELE, which really isn't IN - and the band will tell you that themselves), I do like the UGRA KARMA style most, and NIHIL is more in that vein.
Not much has changed, musically or in the attitude, aside from the addition of more solos courtesy of CHILDREN OF BODOM Alexi Laiho. The songwriting is split rather evenly among Laiho, guitarist Jarno Anttila, drummer Reima Kellokoski, and frontman Mika Luttinen, which brings more identity per song than previously. There are the straight forward fast assaults of "Cogito Ergo Sum," "Wrath of the Goat," and "Assault the Weak." "How the Laughter Died" and "Nihil" have a more epic feel, with the former having a brooding feel and the latter slightly more melodic than usual (but typically fast).
means "nothingness," which is the uniting theme of Mika's lyrics.
From "Wrath of
these darkened times / Nothing fucking matters /
have remained high-pitched, but are often coherent. The punk is not entirely
abandoned; it surfaces on "Zero Tolerance," a great little anthem
whose lyrics were not included in the cd sleeve for obvious reasons. "Human
Proof" has a main riff reminiscent
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