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For a good few weeks now, I’ve been mulling over whether I should be excited or pissed off that Impaled are re-recording their 2000 debut album The Dead Shall Dead Remain. I’ve known about this a little longer than most have, as it wasn’t really a secret. I actually found out about this while I was messing around on Willowtip Record’s Bandcamp page for a stream to add to a review, and happened upon it on accident. But, even with the news being reported by Earsplit PR recently on behalf of Willowtip Records, it seems either nobody has an opinion, or nobody really cares…

Impaled: The Dead Still Dead Remain

I’ve always been a fan of Impaled as I grew older in the Metal universe. In fact, they had a good deal of impact as to why I still run sites like this. Back around 2002, I ran my first website for Metal reviews, and Deathvomit Records was one of the first to send over some promos for review, and I greatly thank them for that. It’s honestly a shame they had to shut their doors, as there was a good deal of talented Death Metal bands to be found there. But, from that point on, I actually got in touch with Sean and Ross through AOL Instant Messenger, and enjoyed talking to them whenever we had a chance to communicate. This eventually led to me conducting my first e-mail interview with them both.

I actually hadn’t heard their debut until the late 2000’s, and actually only recently acquired an original CD pressing from a local used music store for four dollars US, the owner not being too familiar with Metal albums and not quite knowing what he had sitting there below a few Incantation albums. It’s a great album and one I love throwing on now and then. I do still prefer Mondo Medicale though, but that’s an entirely different issue. So, when I found out about this, I thought back to the recent Amorphis and Exodus re-recorded albums, and immediately started worrying.

When it comes to re-recording an album, a lot of factors need to be considered. Is the album old enough to be re-recorded, and what determines the age limit for this? Is it really something that needs to happen? If so, how will the fans take to it? How many members of the band at the time of the initial recording are still involved? Have any of those members died? Will a digital recording kill any analog atmosphere if it was recorded at or before the turn of this century? And then there’s the question of whether this is being forced on your die-hard fan-base who own all your albums already as a full priced release, instead of a cheap add-on.

Recently, Annihilator went ahead and re-recorded fifteen of their songs as a bonus disc for their new album, Feast. Sure Dave Padden’s vocals sucked and were auto-tuned to hell at times, but it was a way to celebrate twenty-years of Metal without really pissing off the fan base. This gave the devoted listeners an option, where as the Bonded by Blood re-recording was just taking a great album and momento of Paul Baloff for the sake of making it sound new and modern. This wound up more a travesty than a good way to celebrate an anniversary.

So, is The Dead Still Dead Remain, which is the new title for this interpretation of the band’s debut, poised to piss off a slew of fans? Well, there are a few things working in the bands favor at least. It’s only been about thirteen years since it dropped, so how different can it possibly end up being other than to sound new and modern? On top of that, the original line-up is performing the material. This is commendable, and will spark the interest of many devoted fans, but if that’s the case, why not just record a new album already. It has been about six years since The Last Gasp after all…

Am I curious to hear the final product, yes, but I’m definitely dreading it for more reasons than you might expect. While Metal is a very broad and unique style, it is still prone to falling prey to trends. Often, the true fan’s opinion doesn’t matter, especially when it comes to record labels or bands trying to make a quick buck. Look at some of the insane pushes that occur of bands that take part in the latest fad, and the labels trying to cash in by signing every carbon copy clone of the “in-thing” to flood the market with. Re-recording songs was the norm for compilations and bonus tracks for special editions. But, in the past year, we’ve seen a few re-recorded albums hit store shelves, and it seems the more they sell, the more we see, leading to what may some day become a new Metal epidemic that will split the community right in half.

The fact that I haven’t really heard much praising this specific re-recording restores a little faith in my outlook to this concept. I’m not looking too forward to getting this promo, but I’ll be sure to get a review of it posted when it happens my way. Sure, this sort of releases have their audience, but in many ways, a simple reissue with a possible remastering would even appease them this time around. Why replace a hard to find, yet incredibly recent album with a fresh recording when you can just as easily release it on vinyl, or a digipack CD with something like a documentary for the fans who missed out and want to know more about Impaled, their involvement with Ghoul? Look at the success of the recent Carcass The Pathologist Report reissues Earache Records did. It’s a superb nod to the quality of those releases, and would respect Impaled‘s debut, and their time as a band since then perfectly.

But, with all that being said, it all boils down to one simple question: Are you interested in this re-recording, or do you simply not care at this point, finding this type of release already getting older than the original pressings they are based off?


Press release provided by Earsplit PR.
  • anonymous alcoholic

    Perhaps you were totally oblivious to the part in the press release where it says that the band were unable to get the master tapes for the original album and therefore decided to re-record it so that people like yourself wouldn’t have to pay extra for a copy on eBay. 

    Perhaps you might be the kind of person that thinks a band is making a quick buck (though if you’ve been around as long as you say you have, you probably know better), despite the fact that you’re clearly getting a free promo as you mentioned several times in the article.

    Perhaps you’re tired of so many bands re-recording and re-releasing old material despite the fact that you were only able to name three other bands that had done so. Out of the hundreds, possibly thousands, of new metal releases this year alone, 3 in the last few years is definitely the start of a trend.

    You’ve known about it a little longer than most because it wasn’t a secret? Journalism at it’s finest, ladies and gentleman.

    So while you, the “true fan,” are curious-slash-dreading your free promo (that you’re not looking too forward to) perhaps maybe you ought to ponder the fact that the band owes you exactly nothing and your negative criticism is really just another LOOK AT ME I HAVE AN OPINION ON THE INTERNET Youtube-style bullshit commentary on the whole matter.

  • anonymous alcoholic Really? I’m JUST another “LOOK AT ME I HAVE AN OPINION ON THE INTERNET Youtube-style bullshit” commentator? I WENT TO COLLEGE FOR JOURNALISM, GOD DAMNIT! Does this site look like MetalSucks?! ;)

    But no, seriously, thanks for the input, and yes I did go to school for journalism but didn’t get to finish (life can be cruel sometimes). That said, allow me to explain.

    I rarely do editorials, and it’s because people get butt-hurt that someone has a differing opinion, and then this happens. Yes I did the article without research. I intended to review the album. And yes I’m getting a promo, but it’s digital, so don’t think I’m raking in all these free physical copies. I LOATHE digital, but hey, it’s cheaper and easier for bands and labels to get the material out there, and if it helps the bands, I’m on board.

    And a side note on the “name three other bands” thing is due to my condition destroying my memory. I would have commented more but I couldn’t think of any others off the top of my head. I’m sure others exist, and they shouldn’t be. Hell I’m not even too keen on remastering an album. Also, if you think this is a glamorous thing I do, I make zero money off it, and no, I don’t get physical promos unless offered which is maybe one every two months if that. I actually am thousands in debt. Work cut my hours horribly from the economy. My meds cost thousands a month and I owe the hospital I get my monthly infusion from over one hundred thousand dollars. Also because of all this I can’t afford to finish my two degrees. So, please excuse that I only cited three bands, I got a lot on my mind, and a lot I can’t remember.

    You may not see this as a trend, but after running this sit for going on five years, I see one starting. It scares me. I use to talk to Sean and Raul on AOL Instant Messenger back when I ran my first or second Metal related site and they were cool guys. I know the reason they did it, but I still see a trend forming. You don’t agree, that’s fine. It’s your opinion, and I’m perfectly fine with you looking at it, and at me, the way you do.

  • TyphonViserys

    anonymous alcoholic Would you mind linking me to your article on the matter?

  • anonymous alcoholic

    TyphonViserys There isn’t one, which is kind of the point, point-misser.

  • TyphonViserys

    anonymous alcoholic TyphonViserys And yet you blast his opinion with your own “LOOK AT ME… blah blah blah” opinion. This is one of the many things that the internet is for, posting your opinion and shitting on other people’s opinions. 

    Are we going to enter some kind of elitist vortex now?

  • anonymous alcoholic

    TyphonViserys I see. It’s only fair when the author is allowed to criticize others’ work. Got it.

  • anonymous alcoholic TyphonViserys Play nice you two… Don’t make me break out the whuppin’ stick.

  • TyphonViserys

    anonymous alcoholic TyphonViserys Look who’s missing the point now.

  • anonymous alcoholic

    apochweiss Believe me, I don’t think what you do is glamorous in the least (from your tl;dr version). Publicly broadcasting your opinion to anyone who might be unfortunate enough to hear it is not exactly life high on the hog.

    I get the point of the article. I think maybe you don’t get the point of your article. Whether you get a digital or physical copy is hardly an issue. Think about your article: you’re criticizing a band for releasing a record that you haven’t even heard and when you DO hear it, it will have been for free.

  • anonymous alcoholic apochweiss  “I actually hadn’t heard their debut until the late 2000′s, and actually only recently acquired an original CD pressing from a local used music store for four dollars US, the owner not being too familiar with Metal albums and not quite knowing what he had sitting there below a fewIncantation albums.”
    By the way by “recently acquired” I mean about seven, maybe eight years ago. Miss that paragraph?

  • anonymous alcoholic apochweiss Haha! I’M the idiot now… Misread your comment. Sorry about that, the missing the point thing must be contagious. ;)

  • anonymous alcoholic It’s going for 2am here, and I’m getting tired. Thanks for putting up with me and my bored shenanigans. Don’t know who you are, but either way, thanks for reading the article. Clearly you don’t agree with my fears of re-recording albums catching on, or my stance on the reissue from before it was released. That’s cool. 

    The promo is here, and I didn’t listen to it yet for good reason: It’s Impaled! These guys are one of my favorite bands. I’ve had the honor to speak with Sean and Raul off and on years ago, and they’re awesome guys who play sick Metal. I don’t want a re-recording to ruin what is one of my favorite albums. I trust them.

    You seem to be looking at this article as if I’m some a-hole who never heard them before, when in all reality I’m a fan who doesn’t take kindly to anyone messing with his favorite albums. Even the band themselves. Hence why there’s no review: I can’t seperate my love of this album with a critical opinion. Right now, I can’t be unbiased. Pure and simple.