Origin: St. Paul, MN, USA
Genres:

Impaler  


Impaler is a name familiar to many 80's underground metal fans. Much of this Minnesota band's popularity was due to being in the right place at the right time, as their debut EP and album (Rise Of The Mutants* and *If We Had Brains ... We'd Be Dangerous) were among those releases singled out by Tipper Gore and the PMRC as being offensive, which of course meant free publicity for the band. Musically the band isn't really a lot to write home about -- punky, semi-thrashy street metal with lyrics centering on gore and zombies and the like. If We Had Brains sold reasonably well for an indie release but the band was unable to capitalize on its success, and by the end of the eighties enthusiasm for the band had dwindled considerably. Nonetheless, vocalist/founder Bill Lindsey never threw in the towel, and with a varying lineup surrounding him, has released several independent albums (most recently, Old School Ghouls). The band is still active in the Twin Cities area, and their image, if anything, is even more over-the-top than in their heyday.

Special thanks to DJ "Killa" for providing the opportunity to review this band!

Current Members

Bill Lindsey

vocals

Michael Torok

guitars (Torok)

Kyle Skogquist

guitars

Court Hawley

bass

Tom Croxton

drums (Impetigo)

Dr. Corpse

backing vocals

Former Members/Guests

Nikki Nichols

guitars

Brad Johnson

guitars

Eric Allyn

bass

Bob Johnson

drums

Ron Barna

drums


Discography



(EP) Rise Of The Mutants 
1985 IRD
  1. Shock Rock
  2. Crack That Whip
  3. Impaler
  4. Heaven's Force
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Michael Torok
  • Court Hawley
  • Bob Johnson




If We Had Brains ... We'd Be Dangerous 
1986 Combat
  1. Blood Bath
  2. Puppet Master
  3. City In Chains
  4. Wasteland
  5. Search And Destroy
  6. Assassin
  7. Speed Thrills
  8. Witch Queen
  9. Dancin' On The Edge
  10. Metal Messiah
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Michael Torok
  • Court Hawley
  • Bob Johnson




Wake Up Screaming 
1989 Channel 83
  1. Call Of The Wild
  2. Abomination
  3. Breathing Down Your Back
  4. Monkee See, Monkee Do
  5. Island Of The Damned
  6. Push & Shove
  7. Who Runs The Asylum
  8. Vicious Dreams
  9. Kick Out The Jams
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Michael Torok
  • Court Hawley




Undead Things 
1996 self-released
  1. Dying To Meet You
  2. Strap Me Down
  3. Tall, Dark And Gruesome
  4. Superhuman
  5. King Of The Freaks
  6. Pet Cemetary
  7. Undead Things
  8. Sci Fi Classic
  9. Angels Kiss
  10. Psychobasher
  11. Unnatural Rites
  12. Someday I'll Rule The World
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Nikki Nichols
  • Eric Allyn
  • Ron Barna




It Won't Die 
1998 RootOfAllEvil
  1. Goblin Queen
  2. Viva Santo (Santo vs The World)
  3. It Won't DIe
  4. Monster Maker
  5. Grave Robbers From Outer Space
  6. King Cadaver
  7. Meat Wagon
  8. Alice & Ozzy
  9. Black Leather Monster
  10. Shock Rock 2000
  11. Welcome To My Darkside
  12. Cursed
  13. Too Young To Die
  14. Meet Your Maker
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Brad Johnson
  • Eric Allyn
  • Ron Barna




One Nation Underground 
2000 RootOfAllEvil
  1. I Walk Again
  2. Cage Match Tragedy
  3. Under The Dirt
  4. Beautiful Monstrosity
  5. Revenge Of The Lizard Man
  6. Dead As A Doornail
  7. Girl Of My Dreams
  8. Mad Caps And Lunatics
  9. Call Of The Wild
  10. No Pulse, No Breath
  11. Scream Machine
  12. One Nation Underground
  13. Embalmed
  14. Teenage Frankenstein
  15. Heaven's Force
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Brad Johnson
  • Eric Allyn
  • Tom Croxton




(EP) The Mutants Rise Again 
2002 Horror
  1. Decayed
  2. My Mephisto
  3. Dead Babies
  4. Blood Of The Vampire
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Brad Johnson
  • Eric Allyn
  • Tom Croxton




Old School Ghouls 
2002
  1. The Worms
  2. Legend Of The 13 Graves
  3. Decayed
  4. My Mephisto
  5. Dead Tired
  6. Dead Babies
  7. Mutated Genetic Monster
  8. Master Of Disaster
  9. Blood Of The Vampire
  10. Psycho Therapy
  11. Superhuman (2002)
  12. 666 Dreary Lane
  13. Worms (Reprise)
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Brad Johnson
  • Eric Allyn
  • Tom Croxton

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



20 Years Undead 
2004




Habeus Corpus 
2006 RootOfAllEvil
  1. Angel of Misery
  2. Follow Me (Will o Wisp)
  3. Supernatural Superstar
  4. Bride of Impaler
  5. The Last Ride
  6. Hatbox Ghost
  7. Black River Falls
  8. Angel in White
  9. Lost on Monster Islands
  10. Sonic Reducer
  11. World Insane
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Brad Johnson
  • Court Hawley
  • Tom Croxton




House Band At The Funeral Parlor 
2007




Alive Beyond The Grave 
2008 Vlad
  1. Intro
  2. Island of the Damned
  3. Legend of the 13 Graves
  4. Bloodbath
  5. Follow Me
  6. Alice and Ozzy
  7. It Won't Die
  8. Blood of the Vampire
  9. Pet Semetary
  10. The Last Ride
  11. Heaven's Force
  12. 666 Dreary Lane
  13. Shock Rock
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Kyle Skogquist
  • Court Hawley
  • Tom Croxton




Cryptozoology - Creatures Of God? 
2009 MVD
  • Bill Lindsey
  • Michael Torok
  • Kyle Skogquist
  • Court Hawley
  • Tom Croxton
  • Dr. Corpse




Chronicles Of Terror  COMPILATION
2010 Area Death
  1. Impaler
  2. Assassin
  3. City in Chains
  4. Witchqueen
  5. Island of the Damned
  6. Vicious Dreams
  7. Heavens Force
  8. Schock Rock
  9. Live Hard Die Fast
  10. Breathing Down Your Back
  11. So Fine
  12. All Worked Up
  13. Come to Me
  14. Damn Good Looking Man
  15. Ziggy Stardust
  16. Lose My Mind
  17. So Fine
  18. Come to Me
  19. All Worked Up
  20. Blood Thirsty (Original Version)
  21. Satan is Death
  22. World Insane
  23. Monkey See Monkey Do
  24. Sin City
  25. The Exorcist
  26. Go Down Fighting
  27. Rub You Raw
  28. Metal Rage
  29. Darkside
  30. Feed You to the Lions
  31. Sin after Sin
  32. Hard Lovin' Man
  33. Iron Fist
  34. Black Leather Monster
  35. Buried Alive
  36. The Hammer
  37. Shock Rock
  38. Impaler
  39. Ace of Spade
  40. Assassin
  41. Wrathchild
  42. City in Chains
  43. So What
  44. Heavens Force
  45. Love like a Reptile
  46. Witchqueen
  47. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
  48. Island of the Damned
  49. Hit with an Axe
  50. Call of the Wild
  51. Breathing Down Your Neck
  52. Abomination
  53. Monkey See Monkey Do
  54. Island of the Damned
  55. Push and Sgove
  56. Who Runs the Asylum
  57. Viicious Dream
  58. Kick out the Jams
  59. Too Young to Die
  60. City in Chains
  61. Impaler
  62. Rise of the Mutants
  63. Island of the Damned
  64. Crack That Whip
  65. Witchqueen
  66. Assassin
  67. Go back to hell
  68. Viicious Dream
  69. Bloodbath
  70. Viicious Dream
  71. Kill the King
  72. Deuce
  73. Interview 03/15/1987


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