Todayâ€™s metal scene is known for combining various genres such as punk, hardcore, grind, death and thrash metal, and shaping them into new subgenres. But if you dig deeper in heavy music history, youâ€™d be surprised that metalcore, grindcore or crustcore were played long before they had a name! Impulse Manslaughter proves that even in the 80â€™s punk and metal did collaborate, creating the same extreme combinations we know today.
The exclusive double reissue of â€œHe Who Laughs Lastâ€¦ Laughs Aloneâ€ and â€œLogical Endâ€ shows the band in the peak of their career. Impulse Manslaughterâ€™s debut album â€œHe Who Laughs Lastâ€¦ Laughs Aloneâ€ delivered sixteen devastating tracks closed in a little more than 30 minutes. The intensity of the material was truly incredible â€“ no wonder the album sold very well for its genre, while the band grew famous as pioneers of the punk/metal/hardcore crossover. The follow-up album â€œLogical Endâ€ was released in 1988, but this time it consisted of only ten tracks. Two of them were cover versions of â€œStone Deaf Foreverâ€ by Motorhead and â€œGimme Shelterâ€ by The Rolling Stones â€“ quite unusual choices for such an extreme band.
Impulse Manslaughter remains one of the most innovative bands as far as extreme music goes. Both full-length albums proved that metal can be approached from many different angles, without losing its primal power. This double reissue introduces a raging group of maniacs who managed to capture their work in an amazing combination of anger and intensity. So without further ado, stick this album in your CD player and prepare to be destroyed!
Metal Mind Productions will release double re-issue of â€œHe Who Laughs Lastâ€¦ Laughs Aloneâ€ and â€œLogical Endâ€ on 7th July 2008 in Europe and 2nd September 2008 in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to 2000 numerated copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc.
â€œLogical End/He Who Laughs Lastâ€¦ Laughs Aloneâ€ (remastered)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1189 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 2000 numerated copies)
Genre: punk/metal/hardcore crossover
Release date: 07.07.2008 Europe / 02.09.2008 USA
2. Face It
3. Not Quite Sure
4. Missing Children
5. Gimme Shelter
6. Crimson Dreams
7. No Deals
8. Let Them Die
9. Stone Dead Forever
10. Borderline Retard
11. Batman & The Oracle of Penile Savage
13. We’re All Bored Here
14. Suffer in Silence
16. They Start The War
17. Premature Evacuation
19. Too Late
21. This World
23. Cheer Up You Fucker
24. Kein Spiel
25. Oatmetal II
26. 1987 Schitzoid Sam
27. Pattonstien’s Disease
28. Piss Me Off
29. Sack O’Shit
Impulse Manslaughter was formed on New Yearâ€™s Eve 1984 in Chicago, when Glen Herman (drums) and Chris â€œMikeâ€ Hanley (bass) decided to start a band together, while sitting in Glenâ€™s basement. They called themselves Liberty Cabbage, but quickly changed the name to Impulse Manslaughter after adding vocalist Karl Patton and guitarist Randy Sorkin into the fold. This line-up did not preserve long, however, as Randy was soon replaced with Dan. From that time on, line-up changes became a constant problem for the groupâ€¦
In the fall of 1986 Impulse Manslaughter recorded their debut EP called â€œBurn One Naked & Nuke Itâ€. Although the EP was entirely self-released, it gained a surprisingly big popularity in the underground metal scene and got a handful of favorable reviews in American and European magazines (not to mention that the EP was picked â€œSingle of the Weekâ€ by Britainâ€™s NME). Unfortunately, Dan quit the band shortly after the material was recorded. This allowed Chris to switch from bass to guitar, and after a countless number of auditions, Nick Stevens (known from Terminal Death) was added as the groupâ€™s new bass player. Together they went on their first American tour which ended up with their equipment being stolen by a street gang in Los Angeles. Despite these misfortunes, Impulse Manslaughter begun working on their first full-length release. â€œHe Who Laughs Lastâ€¦ Laughs Aloneâ€ hit the stores in November 1987, distributed by Underdog Records in USA and a small record label in Europe, started by Glenâ€™s pen pal. This label wasâ€¦ Nuclear Blast!
Impulse Manslaughterâ€™s debut album delivered sixteen devastating tracks closed in a little more than 30 minutes. The intensity of the material was truly incredible â€“ no wonder the album sold very well for its genre, while the band grew famous as pioneers of the punk/metal/hardcore crossover. In the meantime line-up problems occurred again, as Nick decided to leave the group. Chris switched back to bass, while the band welcomed guitarist Mike Schaffer in their ranks. Unfortunately he didnâ€™t last long in Impulse Manslaughter and eventually joined Paul Speckmanâ€™s band Abomination. Without a proper guitarist in sight Chris decided once again to switch to guitar and the group got Vince Vogel of Screeching Weasel to fill the bass position. With a fairly stabilized line-up Impulse Manslaughter started working on their follow-up albumâ€¦
â€œLogical Endâ€ was released in 1988, but this time it consisted of only ten tracks. Two of them were cover versions of â€œStone Deaf Foreverâ€ by Motorhead and â€œGimme Shelterâ€ by The Rolling Stones â€“ quite unusual choices for such an extreme band. Although the album proved that Impulse Manslaughter was a scene phenomenon, the line-up problems they faced again almost destroyed the group. After the departure of Chris and Karl the remaining members wanted to carry on with new musicians â€“ John Tolczyk (guitar) and Guy Aitchinson (vocals). The style of their music, however, went through such an enormous change that the band decided to change their name to Vermicious Knids and dump their previous materialâ€¦
Fortunately, â€œLogical Endâ€ got great reviews everywhere and Nuclear Blast persuaded the guys into reassembling the group and going on a tour across Europe with label mates Rostock Vampires. With John as the second guitarist, Impulse Manslaughter returned in all their glory to invade Europe. Unfortunately, the tour proved to be a major letdown â€“ due to numerous organization errors, several shows were cancelled and by the end of the tour the group collapsed again.
But that wasnâ€™t the end of Impulse Manslaughter. The guys continued to play gigs, though soon founding member Glen Herman left them for good. With Dan Duchaine of Speed Freaks filling in for the drummer, the band prepared to write some new material, when Chris Hanley â€“ the second founding member â€“ announced that heâ€™s leaving as well to form his own band No Class. He was replaced by Rob Lanam, known from Flying Bottles. After these immense changes the group managed to record two EPs: â€œSometimesâ€ in 1991 and â€œNo Warâ€ in 1992 â€“ a split with long time friends Provocation. After a short US and Canadian tour Impulse Manslaughter officially broke upâ€¦
Some years later several band members met in the studio to work on one last album by Impulse Manslaughter â€“ a compilation of live recordings they managed to gather over the years. The material was planned to be released only in a cassette tape format, but the label that was supposed to release it eventually dropped the idea. It wasnâ€™t until ten years later that a small record label Beer City Records decided to give this compilation a try. â€œLive at WFMUâ€ officially hit the stores on July 20th, 2004.