|Review: Sathanas - Crowned Infernal|
Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: February 18, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)
Latest disc of Blackened Death/Thrash mayhem from this fine, unknown US band. Sathanas have been knocking around in the underground for better than a decade, but they still remain largely below the radar, attested by the fact that they have released 6 albums with little to show for it but a string of label problems and awe among those who have experienced them. Finally, Pulverised records seem dedicated to giving this band a real home, and let them do their stuff.
That stuff is hate-spewing Satanic Death/Thrash that takes no prisoners and leaves no survivors. Sathanas bow to no trends, and they are not trying to innovate at all, they just crank out riff after riff of killing evil goodness with a saw-edged guitar sound and inimical screeching vocals that maintain aggression without sacrificing intelligibility. Once again they do not fall into the speed-for-speed's-sake trap, and these songs are filled with ultra-heavy megachug riffery and actually quite a lot of dynamic for a band of this type.
Pretty much every Sathanas album is worth having, but this one sets new standards with great production and a level of consistency that keeps kicking ass all the way through the album. Heavy, evil, and hooky as fuck, Sathanas deliver the goods with Crowned Infernal.
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