Impalers: S/T 12"
I was lucky enough to grab one of the advance tour pressings of this LP when Impalers played Raleigh this summer, and I've been listening to it quite a lot. I have to say that this kind of heavy, d-beat-inspired hardcore isn't the first thing I reach for to listen to these days, but this LP has overcome my ear fatigue from listening to so many heavy guitars. I've been trying to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes Impalers so much better than other bands that try this style, but at the end of the day they're just better. They still have that weird mix of later Anti-Cimex-style d-beat and the kind of lurching rhythms of Celtic Frost, but they craft amazingly dynamic songs (not to mention records!), especially given that they're pretty much in full-bore rage mode 100% of the time. That said, there are some surprising moments on this LP, like my favorite track, "Church Bitch," which sounds like Venom covering early Motley Crue... just a stunning track, but the whole LP is a certified rager. Beautiful packaging too, including a custom die-cut jacket.