Impaler - If We had Brains...We'd Be Dangerous (Century Media) 198?
1. "Blood Bath"
A 1999 re-release of a 1980's underground favorite. However, the name of this CD ought to tip anyone off to it's worth. Impaler were early splatter metal, taking their image from a mixture of WASP, Kiss, Alice Cooper and a butcher shop. Musically the band was more punk in nature than pure heavy metal. This is reinforced perhaps by the bands cover of the Iggy & the Stooges classic "Search & Destroy." The production on this album is pretty thin, although apparently this disc was re-mastered, so I can't even imagine what the original release sounded like. Also, despite having ten songs, this CD barely clocks in at 30 minutes long. I have EP's that are longer. "If We Had Brains..." was released as part of a box set called "Combat Boot Camp" which also included Dark Angel's "Leave Scars," Agent Steel's "Mad Locust Rising", Possessed's "Seven Churches," and a killer compilation also called "Combat Boot Camp." "If We Had Brains" is probably not a CD I would have bought on it's own, but since it came as part of the box set, I am going to hang onto it.
Impaler - It Won't Die (Root Of All Evil Records) 1998
1. "Goblin Queen"
Impaler's "It Won't Die" is chock full of ghostly, punk influenced, somewhat-thrashy street metal. The songs are catchy and energetic, although not overly complex. As might be expected, the lyrics are of the b-grade horror movie variety, with particular favor given to goblins and zombies. "Alice and Ozzy" pays homage to two guys that are a huge influence on this band. Tracks 11-12 are from the "Meatwagon" demo and tracks 13-14 are from an unreleased demo from 1992.