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Review: Death SS - Black Mass
Death SS
Black Mass

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2017
Originally released in: 1989
Duration: 45:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 28, 2017
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
Readers Rating
Black Mass

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Black Mass is album number two for cult Italians, Death SS, and the second of the Shadow Kingdom Records reissues. Compared to the quirkier debut, Black Mass is a somewhat more streamlined effort, though Steve Sylvester's unique vocals still push the sound to the left-of-center.

The album can mostly be labeled traditional heavy metal, though there are obvious influences from proto-black metal, punk and 70s prog rock. Highlight "Cursed Mama" even flirts with speed metal. While it may sound like Black Mass is stylistically directionless, Death SS do a fine job of merging all of these elements into a cohesive whole. Fans of the more obscure sides of heavy metal will find plenty to enjoy here.

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