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Death After Life

ImpaledAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0007LPS18
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Mondo Medicale
3. Gutless
4. Theatre of Operations
5. Preservation of Death
6. Wrought in Hell
7. Resurrectionists
8. Critical Condition
9. The Dead Shall Dead Remain
10. Medical Waste
11. Dead Alive
12. Coda Morte

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Production Lacks, But Still Solid June 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Review by Tyler Wagnon:

If you've been surfing around reading reviews about Impaled's newest gore soaked album, Death After Life, you've probably already come to the assumption that the recording sucks. And indeed it does. The snare drum has no pop whatsoever and feels totally lifeless, while the bass drum is mixed too low and needs quite a bit more warmth. The guitars sound really muffled and dirty as well, with the mix being somewhat f*#*** up. It needs work.

Despite this, it's a pretty good album. Impaled is one of the many, many bands strongly influenced by older Carcass. Essentially, they are a Carcass clone, but they are one of the best of the thousands out there. Anyway, you can expect tons of morbid medical imagery, bile-encrusted guitar work, vomitus vocals and much more. Sometimes the guitars take on a thrashy feel that really works well with the non-stop grinding madness.

Death After Life is a bit different than most gore grind albums in that it is a concept album. The basic story is about medical students doing experiments on coming back from death after life. Not the most original subject matter, but a concept nonetheless. It even has skits complete with dialogue and sound effects to bring the story to the forefront.

Although the recording sucks and really makes the album suffer, the music is what counts and it's another good Impaled album. The concept is a bit of a stretch, but the samples are fun and make for a humorous and engaging listen. It's always nice to hear music with a sense of humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten, but not a stinker January 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Impaled don't exactly hide the fact that they are one of the world's most hated bands, and they actually celebrate, advertise, and take pride in that fact. And this Oakland, Californian quartet are very easy to despise (or at least overlook) since they are, after all, one of a nearly countless number of Carcass clones with no originality, and lots of "Heartwork"-influenced groove, b-horror movie samples, sarcastic overtones, upper and lower register vocals, and disguisting subject matter. But, as 2005'S "Death After Life" (which is the band's third platter of thrashing, filth-caked, splatterhouse death-grind) demonstrates, Impaled do stand out from the rest of the imitators because the also boast funny lyrics, solid melodies, surprisingly and impressively ripping and technical solos, and (most importantly) excellent riffs that always stand out to the listener, even amid 300 bpm drumbeats. And on that note, plenty of exceptionally deft drumming doesn't hurt matters, either.

Plus, this may not be the heaviest album of its kind (i.e. Aborted's "Goremageddon" blows this out of the water in the brutality department), but you'd be hard pressed to find one that's more listenable. The songs on "Death After Life" never lose sight of the groove, and they also features lots of honest-to-god memorable (and very meaty) hooks, well-placed melodic guitar lines and harmonies, traditional song structures, and great sequencing to make it flow very well and be an effortlessly easy listen from front to back. And as a final positive, this album also has a production job which is much more raw, abrasive, and stripped-down than some of the genre's other releases (see The Black Dahlia Murder's "Miasma," for example).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good effort May 20, 2005
By mrblack
Format:Audio CD
Death after life has good things and bad things. There are really good songs on the CD, ie: Dead alive, Gutless and Mondo Medicale (wich include a verse that's much like a self-parody of their old songs) I also have to mention the funny interludes, that make a lot of sense if you know the concept behind the album.

Now, the bad news. Some songs sound much like the Mondo Medicale songs... some tracks doesn't sound like new songs at all. I hate when bands do that... it's like they can't offer us anything fresh, you see? I understand it's difficult to overpass the quality and ¨sucess¨ of Mondo Medicale, but they're quite talented musicans and I know they can do it better next time. Good effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good album March 9, 2005
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
Impaled is a great grindcore band. "Death After Life" is, so far, one of the best albums of 2005. This contains deep vocals, crushing guitar riffs, downtuned bass, occasional guitar solos, sick lyrics, and insane drumming. The best songs on this album are "Mondo Medicale", "Gutless", "Preservation Of Death", and "The Dead Shall Dead Remain". Ayone who says this band isn't talented can go jump into a volcano. Impaled: Sean McGrath (vocals, guitars); Andrew LaBarre (guitars); Ross Sewage (bass, vocals); Raul Varela (drums).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death After Life November 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When it comes to goregrind the only thing your gonna find better then Impaled is Carcass. Unlike many other bands in this genre, Impaled rely more on musicianship, and tighter song structures rather then chaotic brutality. Don't get me wrong, Impaled are heavy and brutal; however, they seem to come from the Morbid Angel school of thought which is to not be so chaotic and brutal that the instruments no longer stand out. Impaled balance this with surgical precision.

Death After Life is a more user friendly album then the previous two. It is nowhere near as chaotic as Dead Shall Dead Remain and slightly tighter then Mondo Medical. Death After Life is not radio friendly; however, if that was what they were going for then this is as close as they will ever get. This sounds like a band attempting to perfect their craft.

The only negative thing I have heard about this release is the production. I preferred the sound of Mondo Medical more; however, I don't feel as though the production is really that bad. The musicianship still stands out and the music sounds as heavy as ever. It's truly a great album.

If you love Carcass and/or goregrind and have not yet heard Impaled then now is the time.

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