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Review: Satan's Host - Virgin Sails
Satan's Host
Virgin Sails

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 54:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 5, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Virgin Sails

Rated 4.61/5 (92.14%) (28 Votes)

I feel like I should be enjoying Virgin Sails, from Denver, Colorado's Satan's Host, a lot more than I do. It is the eighth full-length from the band fronted by former Jag Panzer vocalist Harry Conklin (billed here as "Leviathan Thisrien"), a man familiar with the task of creating Heavy Metal. The music on Virgin Sails is at times thrashy, doomy or even slightly progressive, yet is pure Heavy Metal at heart. The guitars are low, thick and heavy while the drums and bass deliver thunderous bottom end. Conklin/Thisrien covers the gamut with his clear voice; from powerful mid-range to ear-piercing screams. Since no other vocalist is listed I'll assume he also provides the evil, Black rasps that are balanced quite well with the clear singing. It all sounds good, but other than "Island of the Giant Ants," which sticks out for its unusual title and reminds me, both musically and lyrically, of Anvil, I can't recall much from Virgin Sails even after repeated listens. I'm probably in the minority here, but it isn't striking a chord with me. I hear a lot of similarities with bands I like, such as Fates Warning, the U.K.'s Hell, Iron Maiden and the aforementioned Anvil, but it just doesn't come together. Fans of pugilistic, ugly and mean Heavy Metal definitely owe it to themselves to check out Virgin Sails, I can say that for sure, but, based on my experience, your mileage may vary.

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