Impaled Nazarene - _Latex Cult_
(Osmose Productions, 1996)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (9 out of 10)
Christ on a crutch!! When it comes to unrelenting energy and fiery aggression, this 14-song, 30-minute monster pretty much shreds everything I have ever heard. Seriously. Over the course of four full-length releases and a couple of EPs, Impaled Nazarene have progressively stripped their trademark "cyber nuclear black death" style of the rust and grime it was coated in on their '93 debut _Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz_. The result: _Latex Cult_, a teflon-coated sonic bullet gunning straight for your adrenal glands. This is total, no-frills fury-mongering, delivered with amazing conviction and skill. The songs are all ultra-simplistic, each consisting of a few basic, punishing rhythms and surprisingly crusty bass lines propelling a tidal wave of scorching guitar. The riffs are pretty basic, too, but many are also catchy as hell. Some pummel you like a kick to the chest ("Goat War", "Violence I Crave"); some cleave the air like razors (the amazing "Punishment is Absolute"). The overall energy level is never less than totally maniacal, and the whole package is pushed way over the top by Mika Luttinen's raspy, lacerating snarl. And check out the battle screams that launch "Zum Kotzen" and "Karmakeddon Warriors"!! Ha ha!! The blazing speed of the best black metal, the snarling delivery of the craziest hardcore, and the pounding rage of the coolest death metal are all present, in their purest form, in every song of this astounding release. _Latex Cult_ sets a whole new standard for getting down to the business of just plain tearing it up.

(article published 5/10/1996)


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