|Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Metal Mind Productions (2010), Nuclear Blast Records
August 25th, 2003 / November 17th, 2003
Release length: 44:00
2010 Reissue review posted on October 31st, 2010.
Right from the start with Impact, you are just brought into an intense, brutal musical world. Each track on here is a fast paced attack that barely ever let’s up for a second. Every track on here is great, and littered with both lyrics and musical atmosphere of absolute aggression to the point where you’ll be looking for the nearest living thing to just punch in the face. “Acts of Rage” makes from a great starting track, with fast paced guitars that incorporate both speed and some complexity throughout, continuing that flow until the very end. Another positive aspect to this release would have to be the guitar solos, which typically suit the songs they are in very well, but often can add even more intensity or change the natural flow of the song to a faster, more intense level, such as the solo in “One By One”, which is simply jaw dropping and almost takes on a life of it’s own.
It’s very rare that the music on this release will let up for a second for your breath. The only moment of the album that really doesn’t come at you at a fast pace, or with any intensity at all, comes during “Agony Designed” during the chorus, as well as after. This song still has a factor of intimidation thanks to the guitars, but for the most part it doesn’t hit you are hard as everything else on the album does, moving at a much slower Thrash pace, focusing a bit more on complex riffs, but with drumming that can be considered a bit robotic. “Slaughtervain” also slows things down a bit like “Agony Designed”, but nowhere near as bad and actually still comes off with some great intensity thanks mostly due to the drumming. These tracks do come as a welcome change of pace, however, as by the time you hit “Down My Neck”, the album does start to sound a bit repetitive mostly due to the vocals staying the same, and song’s structure acting more as a pattern with very few changes between them.
There exists two versions of the Special Edition issue of this album. While this pressing isn’t necessarily the actual limited version, it contains the same material. The Limited Edition version of this release does come in a digipack format, as well as two bonus tracks. These tracks appear on the generic North American pressing of the album, so it’s not hard to come across these. “Force-Fed (The Bleeding Scheme)” is a great track that fits with anything on this release up to “Agony Designed”. The last song, however, is definitely an oddball. “Hobbit Motherfuckers” is actually a cover track of a song composed by Turbonegro, and it’s rather close to the original, featuring rough harmonized vocals against a very Punk and Hard Rock sound. The song isn’t bad at all, and is quite catchy as a matter of fact, so there’s no real harm in this bonus track being added. Just be glad it’s the only one of it’s kind on here, as anything more then this would just be too much.
Impact is one of six Dew-Scented releases to be reissued in 2010 by Metal Mind Productions, and it’s a little odd to see this release being reissued as part of the series, only because of how recent this release is, but it’s not the most recent of the six to be reissued, considering the band’s full-length library only consists of [at this time] eight full-length releases. However, this is a great reissue, and shows the care that Metal Mind puts into these kinds of releases. While not all of the Dew-Scented reissues feature bonus material, which there clearly isn’t a lot to work with, this one offers a good amount of material for both the casual, and die hard fan, as an incentive to pick it up. This reissue is a limited to two thousand pressing digipack, but the package itself comes in a nice soft, matte-like finish instead of the traditional high-gloss finish, as well as slightly altered artwork that is simply a darker version of the original material to emphasize the green, which seems to be an important factor in the artwork of these reissues.
Of course, the disc itself is the label’s staple gold disc used for their reissues, and it does cause the audio to sound just slightly better, though, again, not remastered. Accompanying this disc is a page of liner notes from the band, which are on the left side of the digipack this time since information about the bonus tracks are behind the tray that holds the disc, and a band photo on the right side. This reissue also collects all four of the bonus tracks that were issued on both the North American Special Edition of the album [which was reviewed above], as well as the Japanese Special Edition of this release. “Force-Fed (The Bleeding Scheme) and the cover of the Turbonegro song “Hobbit Motherfuckers” we’re both available on the North American digipack special edition pressing, being very energetic songs and well worth tracking that edition down for, but this edition brings in a re-recording of the song “Skybound”, which appeared on the band’s album Ill-Natured, which incorporates the band’s current sound and really amplifies how enjoyable the song is, though some of the more Melodic Death elements of the song still exist to show the band’s past moreso. That song also appears on the Incinerate special edition bonus disc, so if you have that you’ve heard this track already. Finally, there is a cover of the Metallica classic “Metal Militia” makes an appearance on this track, but again, it appears on the bonus disc of Incinerate, as well as on the Japanese special edition of Impact, as well as “Skybound”. While these tracks have all been made available for North American listeners, not everyone managed to get their hands on the Incinerate special edition, plus it’s nice to just have these tracks on the one CD they originally appeared on.
One of the big issues behind Dew-Scented would easily be that the music, while soaked with fury and rage, seems to not really change shape often and comes at you with a lot of similarities. But, even when you acknowledge that, the album is full of well composed Metal that seems to never want to let go of your neck when it’s fangs are sunk in deeply. The bonus tracks are a nice touch and at least “Force-Fed (The Bleeding Scheme)” is worth going to distance to find a copy it’s available on, so if you happen upon this version of Impact, or any version of this release, really, it’s worth picking up. While the rather repetitive nature of the music can become boring in a shorter amount of time then many titles out there, it’s an album that will have you coming back time and time again whenever you’re looking for something truly heavy to headbang to. While the North American Special Edition may be a little easier to come by, the 2010 reissue from Metal Mind nicely collects the bonus tracks from both special editions, and gives Impact the treatment it rightly deserves, making it the better choice of all pressings available.
01. Acts of Rage – 4:02
02. New Found Pain – 3:05
03. Destination Hell – 2:55
04. Soul Poison – 4:02
05. Cities of the Dead – 4:48
06. Down My Neck – 5:50
07. One By One – 3:36
08. Agony Designed – 3:49
09. Slaughtervain – 4:21
10. Flesh Reborn – 4:06
11. 18 Hours – 3:26
|Original Pressing Score: 7/10
Special Edition Score: 7/10
2010 Reissue Score: 8/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds
Additional 2010 Reissue review copy provided by Metal Mind Productions.