There are not many bands that were as influential and amazingly infectious as Impetigo. Like Carcass, Repulsion and Napalm Death they had litterily thousands of followers, bands trying to immitate and adopt their style, image and sound. Hardly any of these bands succeeded, of course, as the band who left the blue print for a whole new genre is hard to dethrone. This amazing historical document, released by the admirable Hell’s Headbangers label, is therefore a must-have for everyone who feels like being an extreme metal fan. This is simply a release you can’t miss out on.
It might not be necessary or even possible to accurately review, musically, it is the jaw-dropping packaging that does most of the speaking here. You won’t easily run into a package this complete again (except for the “Horror Of The Zombies” re-release perhaps, which will be released later in 2008). Besides the album tracks on LP 1 (including the four bonus tracks, previously available on several other CD re-releases of the album) the rare 12” mini LP “Faceless” is re-issued on the second disc. Both housed in a nice looking high-quality gatefold jacket with the original cover artwork, as Wild Rags (or their printers, the stories differ a bit) didn’t want to print it because of the violent nature of the artwork. Several unused and unseen pictures are used for the inside of the jacket as well as old concert flyers. Besides the extras, it includes a poster of the original artwork, printed inner sleeves in thick and heavy quality and, the most interesting, a booklet with liner notes written by founding member Stevo.
Musically, to spend a few words on that as well, it is still one of the best grindcore albums ever made. When listening to it today, it makes you wonder how heavy and extreme it was back in 1990 when it saw its first release. The low rumbling buzzsaw guitars and pummeling bass-guitar and rather swinging drums and of course the unmistakable throaty grunt of Stevo makes the music of Impetigo always instantly recognizable and pretty much timeless too.
Definitely a must-have. And if you’re not yet familiar with the band and like vinyl records then you shouldn’t wait and get it, it won’t get much better than this.