Impaled Nazarene - _Rapture_
(Osmose, 1998)
by: Adam Wasylyk (5 out of 10)
Impaled Nazarene's last effort, _Latex Cult_, didn't sit well with me until I played it enough times for it to properly sink in. The album previous to it, _Suomi Finland Perkele_, showcased some great melodies with thrashy aggression, but with the direction that _Latex Cult_ ventured into, it appeared that the band wanted to throw out the melodic side of the band and go for a punkish, over-the-top sound. _Rapture_ is in much the same vein as _Latex Cult_ -- in fact, some of the tracks on _Rapture_ sound either like re-written or just re-treaded songs off the previous album. The drumming at times stagnates due to the same beats being used time and time again, thus creating a same-ness effect throughout many of the songs. The bad outweighs the good, but the standout tracks include the catchy "Angel Rectums to Bleed", the rampage of "Goatvomit and Gasmasks" and the last track "Phallus Maleficarum". Buy at your own risk.

(article published 8/7/1998)

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