Released: 2014, Evil Eye Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
I thought we were past the whole retro thrash thing already, but that might have just been wishful thinking.
With the imminent release of their sophomore GOD FROM THE MACHINE looming, Danish trash quartet Impalers have offered up PREPARE FOR WAR as an appetizer of sorts. The four track EP includes two originals and a pair of covers (from Sodom and Motorhead, no less), intended to whet the appetites of a waiting audience of thrashaholics. Though their 2013 debut POWER BEHIND THE THRONE wasn’t the most original release of the year, it certainly had its moments and was a fun batch of throwback thrash. The same can’t be said about PREPARE FOR WAR.
The opening title track is more …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL than TERRIBLE CERTAINTY, and is definitely a more mature sounding track from the band. I’ll take an album full of these, for sure. “Destination: Warfare”, however, quickly slips right back into old skool speed metal clichés. Fun to mosh to, but you’ve heard this before a dozen times over. Sodom’s “Napalm in the Morning” is serviced well enough, but doesn’t attempt to add anything of its own to the track, nor does their take on Motorhead’s “The Hammer”. Motorhead covers are a dime a dozen at this point; if you’re in a band and you’re reading this – at least “try” to make it interesting.
So, one out of four ain’t bad??
I’m optimistic that GOD FROM THE MACHINE will have more to offer than what Impalers are teasing with PREPARE FOR WAR. They’re a talented bunch of lads, and as a track, “Prepare for War” signals where they might be going, hopefully. Sit out PREPARE FOR WAR, you won’t be missing anything, and see what GOD FROM THE MACHINE has to offer when it hits the streets in April.