David : Ever since 'Nihil' things have improved for Impaled Nazarene. Not only does it seem that the band has been getting much more attention from both press and metal fans the during the last couple of years, but there also seems to have been injected much progression and variety into the music.
This also rings true for 'All That You Fear', the follow-up of last years (excellent) 'Abscence Of War Does Not Mean Peace'. Impaled Nazarene still play their own unique mixture of punk, black, thrash and heavy metal, but have noticeably improved on quite a few points. The production of this album for example is easily better than of any of their previous albums. Everything sounds clear and strong and the guitarplaying is more spectacular than ever due to many excellent melodic leads and solos. The band has not all of a sudden 'sold out' or 'gone soft' in any way. On the contrary, when you compare 'All That You Fear' to their previous album, everything has become much more direct, aggressive and venomous. One of the minuses is that you occasionally get the feeling that certain tracks, like for example the more catchy metal songs like 'The Endless War', could have benefited from a cleaner vocal style. In the end though, this really is not much of a problem and it definitely does not diminish the quality of the songs.
As far as I am concerned, 'All That You Fear' is Impaled Nazarene's best release to date. So check out this cd, even if the band's earlier material did not quite appeal to you. Very much worth buying and certainly one of the better albums in the extreme metal scene this year.