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on 29 January 2004
For those of you who are familiar with Finnish punk-style black metal band Impaled Nazarene, Ugra-Karma is one of the bands defining albums and one of their most extreme. The usual ridiculously blasphemic lyrics are there, the thrashing drums present throughout, some excellent guitar and bass work, and topped off with fantastic vocals. Ugra Karma is the first Impaled Nazarene album anyone who is interested in the band should listen to - it has all the bands trademarks, and includes some extremely good works. It might not be considered quite as melodic as some of their work, and it is noticably more raw in sound than their latest efforts.
For those of you who are new to Impaled Nazarene, this is the place to start. The band play a unique style of music, although due to the lyrics its quite hard to take the band seriously. And also, on the subject of lyrics, they will more than likely prove to be offensive to many people. The band combine many different elements into creating their own unparalleled sounds, using sound effects, the odd death metal style downtuned guitar and the traditional black metal style of drumming. If you've never heard the band before, you may be taking a chance in buying one of their albums, but there are so few bands that can compare to the style and musical abilities of the band that there is no substitute for just hearing Impaled Nazarene themselves. And this is the CD to go for.
The CD follows a pattern throughout, with no particularly noticable style changes. For those of you who are fans of the band, you're sure to enjoy songs such as The Horny And The Horned, Hate and Cyberchrist. The production quality does leave something to be desired, but it is a very worthwhile CD.
In the end, Ugra Karma is one of the bands most famed CDs, and if you don't enjoy that then the band just aren't for you. It is a slightly aquired taste and may take a few listens before you start to get into it, so be sure to give it a chance.
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on 1 January 2016
Great Album, AAA+++
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