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IMPALED- DEATH AFTER LIFE Century Media 2005

Track Listing
01. Goreverture
02. Mondo Medicale
03. Gutless
04. Theatre of Operations
05. Preservation of Death
06. Wrought in Hell
07. Resurrectionists
08. Critical Condition
09. The Dead Shall Dead Remain
10. Medical Waste
11. Dead Alive
12. Coda Morte
Mixing old school thrash with gore ridden lyrics has always been Impaled's game. "Death After Life" could be laughed off as a bad joke with it's muddy production and over the top "B-Movie Horror" intros but the music itself is far from a laughing matter. Anyone into this style of metal knows Impaled sound eerily similar to the now legendary Carcass. I assume they feel responsible for carrying the torch and are very worthy of the task. Ripping rhythms make way for some adventurous soloing and at times I felt like it actually was Carcass frontman Jeff Walker growling into the mic again. When this gore fest was over I was left somewhat satisfied. Musically, the members of Impaled are obviously well schooled but the horrible "mad-slasher" topics just makes the whole thing a joke to me. If you don't care about stupid lyrics and shitty production yet enjoy competent, well executed thrash you should look into "Death After Life".

--Axeman 03.08.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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