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|Associated acts||Finntroll, Children of Bodom, The Black League, Sentenced, Shape of Despair, Nightwish, Catamenia, Sinergy, Kylähullut, Tarot, Barathrum, Thy Serpent|
Tomi UG Ullgren
|Past members||Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen
Tuomo "Tuomio" Louhio
Impaled Nazarene are credited, along with Beherit and Archgoat, to pioneering the Finnish Black Metal scene. The band gained national success when their first album, Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz, entered the Finnish charts. Since this event, Impaled Nazarene have released 10 subsequent albums in which many have reached positions on international charts. Their ninth studio album, Pro Patria Finlandia, was the top album import of Japan.
When asked about the origin of their name, Mika Luttinen stated in an interview that he had read a pamphlet about Christ appearing to be a vampire. He got to thinking about how impaling a vampire is one of the only ways to kill them, and thus, thought of the name "Impaled Nazarene".
The band was infamous for seeming to hate the Norwegian black metal scene back in the early 1990s however the band now seems to disassociate with such hatred. It has been ascertained that the origin of such "hate" was the fact that singer Mika Luttinen had been subjected to telephone pranks by members of fellow Finnish metalheads Beherit, which he interpreted as "attacks" from members of the Norwegian black metal scene. They also stopped wearing corpse paint in the mid 1990s due to it being "too trendy".
In 2003, guitarist Teemu Raimoranta died falling – or jumping – off a bridge on the ice below. Although officially stated to be caused by intoxication, Mika Luttinen speculated it was suicide.
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Impaled Nazarene have for most of their history displayed Finnish nationalism (for instance in their song Total War - Winter War about the Soviet-Finnish war in 1939 and 1940), and have been strongly anti-communistic as exemplified in their song Healers of the Red Plague on Rapture.
Other lyrics revolve around war and all things Satanic, though many can be considered rather comical or tongue-in-cheek. The band has also stated that at least one song on every album is to have the word "Goat" in it somewhere (examples: "Goat Sodomy", "Goat Vomit and Gas Masks", "Sadogoat", etc.).
Manifest was banned for sale in several nations in the European Union. Mika Luttinen stated as a reaction to this "it seems that basic freedoms such as freedom of publishing and freedom of speech, which are supposed to be supplied under the European Union, are no longer available to us. Thanks for fucking deceiving everyone." The European Union did this due to the supposed Nazi association of the lyrics and Mika has stated again that the lyrics have no Nazi influences. Despite the ban, several of the countries who voted for it still allow active distribution of Impaled Nazarene albums. The only country that has enforced the ban so far is Germany.
- Mika Luttinen - vocals (1990-present)
- Reima Kellokoski - drums (1995-present)
- Mikael Arnkil - bass (2000-present)
- Tomi UG Ullgren - guitar (2007-present)
- Kimmo "Sir" Luttinen – Drums (1990–1995)
- Ari Holappa – Guitar (1990–1992)
- Mika Pääkkö – Guitar (1990–1992)
- Harri Halonen – Bass (1991–1992)
- Jarno Anttila – Guitar (1992–2010)
- Taneli Jarva – Bass (1992–1996)
- Marco Hietala - Bass (1994)
- Jani Lehtosaari – Bass (1996–2001)
- Alexi Laiho – Guitar (1998–2000)
- Teemu Raimoranta – Guitar (2000–2003)
- Tuomo "Tuomio" Louhio – Guitar (2003–2007)
- Shemhamforash (demo, 1991)
- Taog Eht Fo Htao Eht (demo, 1991)
- Goat Perversion (EP, 1991)
- Sadogoat (EP, 1992)
- Tol Cormpt Norz Norz Norz... (1992)
- Satanic Masowhore (7", 1993)
- Ugra-Karma (1993)
- Suomi Finland Perkele (1994)
- Latex Cult (1996)
- Motörpenis (EP, 1996)
- Rapture (1998)
- Split 7" w/Driller Killer (2000)
- Nihil (2000)
- Decade of Decadence (compilation, 2000)
- Absence of War Does Not Mean Peace (2001)
- All That You Fear (2003)
- Death Comes In 26 Carefully Selected Pieces (Live, 2005)
- Pro Patria Finlandia (2006)
- Manifest (2007)
- Road to the Octagon (2010)