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Review: Satan's Host - By the Hands of the Devil
Satan's Host
By the Hands of the Devil

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 58:47
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 19, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
By the Hands of the Devil

Rated 4.76/5 (95.29%) (34 Votes)

Satan's Host is a weird band. They started out in the 80s as a sort of NWOBHM band, then broke up for 12 years, and when they got back together they switched to a full-out Blackened Death Metal band, which they have been over the last five albums. Now, with original vocalist Harry Conklin (Yes, that Harry Conklin) back at the helm, they are still playing riff-heavy and dark metal, but with the Tyrant's booming metal wail out front.

With clean singing, this is obviously a very different work than their last few albums, but not as different as you might think. This is still ruthlessly heavy, dark, and Satanic as fuck, it just has the benefit of Conklin's powerful vocals as the center attraction. The combination works surprisingly well, as Conklin is a real veteran, and infuses this with hooky vocal melodies and really sells it. That said, this does not sound like Jag Panzer or any of Harry's other Trad Metal projects, as there is a definite atonal Death Metal riff sensibility at work, creating a fresh and compelling sound. Fans of dark and aggressive Heavy Metal will absolutely want to check this out.

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