Impaler (1983-present): a Speed Metal band from Saint Paul, Minnisota, USA.
uch of Minnesota based Impaler's popularity was due to being in the right place at the right time with their debut EP Rise Of The Mutants (1985) and If We Had Brains ... We'd Be Dangerous (1985) respectively both featuring the line-up of Bill Lindsey (vocals),Mike Torok (guitar), Court Hawley (bass) and Bob Johnson (drums). These releases were among those singled out by Tipper Gore and the PMRC as being offensive in the 1980s, giving free publicity for the band. But that's pretty much where their claim to fame ends for the music they produced really wasn't much to celebrate; their lyrics centering on B-Movie styled semi-horror themes with a quasi-Thrash musical score to match it. If We Had Brains... sold reasonably well for an indie but they were never able to capitalize on it. Johnson would be gone by the time their Wake Up Screaming was ready in 1989 and, indeed, the whole line-up was replaced except for Lindsay recruiting Nikki Nichols (guitar),Eric Allyn (bass) and Ron Barna (bass) for Undead Things (1996) now without a label and now reformed.
It Won't Die (1998) saw Brad Johnson replace Nichols. One Nation Underground (2000) saw them surprisingly struggle into the millennium, now with Tom Croxton taking over drums to also release The Mutants Rise Again EP (2002) and Old School Ghouls that same year with their image intact, even if it had taken a more grandiose presentation since their early days.
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Habeas Corpus were the last for 'Root of All Evil' Records and marked the return of original bassist Court Hawley. The band then signed with 'MVD Audio' for the first live recording, Alive Beyond the Grave and their first concept CD, Cryptozoology (Creatures Of God?); the second featuring the return of original guitarist Michael James Torok. Two DVDs 20 Years Undead and House Band At The Funeral Parlor, as well as two split 7" singles for 666 Dreary Lane featuring fellow Minnesota band Ripsnorter and Jersey Devil respectively followed, the second featuring two tracks by Iowa Grind/Crust band Black Market Fetus.
In 2009 Lindsay contributed a recipe for "Bloody intestines and Worms" to Hellbent for Cooking: The heavy metal Cookbook; the recipe name was just that - a name - for the ingredients were actually Italian sausage with onions.
The following year the compilation, Chronicles of Terror (2010), arrived. The album contained old demos of their unreleased tracks, as well as cover songs, a live show and a twenty page booklet that contained an interview with band members and rare photos of the group. The EP, 30 Years And Rising came in 2012.
Footnote: Do not confuse this Impaler with a British death metal band by the same name.
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