After an 'only better than the average' "Rapture", Mika's band had simply kicked my ass with the very melodic and terrific "Nihil", on which CHILDREN OF BODOM's Alexi Laiho appeared. But as Mister Alexi chose to leave IMPALED NAZARENE, we could only but wonder which direction the Finnish band would take… well, that's not so complicated, it's at the same time more melodic than "Nihil", but also way more violent!
In fact, the titles are very varied, and even if you can definitely recognise IMPALED NAZARENE's own style on every track, there are a lot of new influences: there can be German Heavy/Power Metal (just listen to the way the drums sound and are played), some kind of violent Black Metal-version of CHILDREN OF BODOM, Punk, or even Swedish Death Metal melodic lines. There are even some keyboards on "Never Forgive", and a Grind-track with the fifteen seconds of "Satan Wants You Dead".
Anyway, this albums rules, everything is very well made, the artwork is excellent, and the picture will achieve you. "Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace" is a gigantic album, way above 90% of the Metal-releases we can get nowadays.