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Interview : Impaled Nazarene


When and how was your band created?
We formed in November 1990 as our old band Mutilation split-up. Mutilation was not getting anywhere and there were other Mutilations popping up everywhere so me and my brother decided to carry on with a new band name and new members.

Where the name of your band is coming from?
To make long, boring story short: I kinda took it from Ellen Datlow book of vampire tales. Basically the idea was that Jesus was not crucified but impaled because he was a vampire.

What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
Sodom, Venom, Kreator, Violent Force, Exciter, Extreme Noise Terror, Suicidal tendencies, D.R.I., S.O.D., Driller Kller etc etc

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician / singer (in Finland)?
The most negative aspect is definitely taxation of musicians, it is ridiculous to say the least. Secondly, we do not get any support from goverment at all, only popular "music" gets loads of money...and the biggest joke is that they are all signed with major labels who already have money!!! If you are an underground band, you have to survive by your own!! As for positive things...I don´t know what could be positive to be a musician here.

How could you qualify your style of music?
Nuclear metal. You take black, death, thrash metal and mix it with crust punk and hc = nuclear metal.

Have you ever considered the possibilty to change totally your style of music? If so, what style of music would you choose?
Never. If we would want to change our style, we would split-up and start a new band. I just wanna play metal, nothing else.

What are stories/topics you tell/treat in your songs?
Sexual perversions, Satan, violence, hatred against religions/people, alcohol, you name it, we got it!

What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
There are lots of them actually. If you need one, I would say Wrath Of The Goat, lyrically!!! It sums up my life in 1998-2000 perfectly. It was shit.

Do you tour regularly? Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
Both are nice but I prefer touring/playing shows. You got to meet people, see new places, eat/drink local food/booze. We do nowdays more one-off shows, thanks to the fact that most of us are working "normal" jobs beside the band. We are finally having a real European tour in December, 15 shows in 7 countries, including 3 shows in France. See www.impnaz.com for details.

During the process of making an album, what is the moment that you prefer?
When you have the master cd burned!!

Because the fucker is ready and you know that all the hard work has paid off.

What kind of music / What artists do you currently listen?
I am very much into new Driller Killer cd, it is absolutely brilliant crust/metal shit!!! Apart from that, new Halford and new Nile has been on my stereos lately.

What are your actual and future projects?
I am also member of Obscene Eulogy, two Canadian blokes and me. It is extreme black/death metal, our debut album is out on 31st of October on Baphomet records. I am heading for studio on November to lay down the vox on the 2nd album. As for Impaled Nazarene, we are rehearsing new shit (and rehearsing for the tour as well). We are heading for thye Astia studio on March 2003!!!

A stupid question but... what is among all the songs you've been listening in your life the BEST song? Why?
It is definitely Venom´s Witching Hour. It changed my life!!!

Internet is something interesting for musicians because it gives them the opportunity to touch a larger audience but it is also a threat for them (regarding the copyrights). What is your opinion regarding this medium?
I am not really fond of the fact that you can download our album three months before its street date on the net, that is just utter bullshit. But, it hepls booking the shows, staying in touch with fans/promoters etc etc. It is love/hate relationship!

Do you use computers or home studios during the process of making an album or a song?
We sometimes demo our songs in home studios (none of us have them but we have some friends who own them) and therefore use computers mainly for drums (ie program drums on the demo versions). On the actual recording of the albums, computers are used for editing/mixing stages. Everything you hear on our albums is real, played live!!

Interview by Vincent Lefrançois - 2002




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