Here's the second album of the Finnish black kult Impaled Nazarene. From Impaled Nazarene you can always and only expect a massive dosage of pure aggression and violence. The debut album will forever be remembered as one of the most extreme outputs of the first years of the 90s and the following album, this "Ugra-Karma" is simply a natural continuation of the path with more violent compositions that, however, show more complex and mature parts. By the way, the words “mature” and “complex” should always be seen related to a band like Impaled Nazarene, that never abandoned their way to violence in all these years.
The production is quite raw but truly bestial. Even if they want to mock the other black metal bands, this album can result heavier than most of the black metal outputs in those years. Mika’s screams are incredibly powerful and manage to be also quite versatile, passing easily from a form of growl to the characteristic scream. The songs are generally not so long and beside pure furious opuses like “Sadhu Satana” and “Chaosgoat Law”, we can also find a little more various tracks like “Hate” and “CyberChrist”. Often, there are keyboards parts in which the atmosphere is gloomier and more epic if we want. The rest is a continue march towards pure detonating parts.
Forget about technique or sense of a smart songwriting. Everything has planned to be primordial and that is. The guitars are in perennial open chords parts and they achieve the goal of creating a massive, black monolith of bestial carnage behind the restless drums that, so often, are on a sort of primordial blast beats pattern. “Soul Rape” is more punk on the approach of the guitars and the general tempo that this time is a bit less impulsive and more focused on the up tempo, like also on “Kali-Yuga”.
All in all, this is one of the most violent albums by this band and surely one of the most vicious in this genre. It’s ironic but on the other hand it’s completely primordial, destructive and unmatchable. The band has made a quite big step respect the first album and you can really hear that. By the way, we easily recommend it to any fan of really extreme sounds.