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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


Review online: April 9, 2014
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.61/5 (92.14%) (28 Votes)

Satan's Host have kind of come full circle. They started as a straight-up Heavy Metal band, mutated into a Death/Black band, and then Harry Conklin rejoined and started pulling their sound back toward US-styled Heavy Metal. This resulted in some odd albums as they essentially played Death Metal with clean singing, but now their style has come back around.

This is a lavish album full of heavy riffs and Conklin's signature powerful vocals. Comparisons could be made to such US acts as Steel Assassin or Liege Lord, with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies. The riffs are heavy and crunchy, and you get a lot of them. Conklin's not hitting it out of the park, but he sounds solid. The drawbacks include songs that sprawl out without a lot of focus, and arrangements that are more than a bit baggy. There are not any really first-rate songs on here, just a collection of riffs and parts that all sound cool individually, but never really gel into a larger whole. You'll enjoy this if you like stuff like Heathen or Jag Panzer, but it's not going to really blow you away.

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