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Impaled Nazarene - Ugra-Karma
Review: Gods of blasting rudimentary black metal Impaled Nazarene return with a more complex sound that supports their apocalyptic mentality, as witnessed on this album's diatribe against the mercyful hippie neutrality of religions while our world is in the throes of our murder. And if the screeching goatvoice of this album cannot etch that in your mind nothing can.
Perhaps the most fascist-sounding black metal ever created, this music works by creating streams of melody which conquer various spaces of sound, causing them to be calibrated to the marchlike robotic percussion which drives the mechanistic and violent aspect of the music forward. Phrase sequencing and fundamental rhythms originate out of hardcore with an acceleration via black metal rage.
What gives it depth however is its willingness to add ranges of structure for intensity, and to use harmonizing melodies to create a consciousness of sensitivity and appreciation for existence similar to the compositions of Count Grishnack of Burzum. In all of its raging chaotic violence, this music is conceptualized for revelation of the secrets of darkness.
Although this is blasting, vile, heretical and obscene black metal in both its contents and the structures of its creation, this is also first class black metal art in its total commitment to the abyss and to the pessimism and destructive angst which that slow suicide march entails. Like Nietzsche, Impaled Nazarene have realized that humanity at its heart is indifferent to its future - and they are here to celebrate a justifiable homicide.