Flesh for the Devil
I have heard some good things about this Philadelphia based band and was interested in checking them out for myself. When this CD Flesh for the Devil began, I was faced with the cheesy opening of the first track (“Invocation”), which had me thinking “Oh shit, this is going to be stupid and suck!” (A supposedly evil voice gives a spoken intro, but to me it sounded more like Darth Vader.) -But then I heard the opening riffs as the song actually kicked in and I felt incredibly better!
Growling type vocals that range from semi-guttural to mid-level tone are surprisingly easy on the ears for extreme metal music. (That isn’t an insult either, for this band isn’t lacking in brutality or intensity!)
The vocals are pretty clear and obviously Satanic/blasphemous lyrics prevail here. Such is actually starting to get boring to me these days. (Ok, maybe it was cool in high school and all, but I’m in my mid thirty’s now…) Fortunately, I care more about the songs in general than the lyrical messages.
Regardless of any seemingly negative comments I have suggested, Sathanas is a very talented band and I can’t believe I haven’t heard them before (since they’ve been around for quite a few years now, I guess).
The music of Sathanas is a good dose of all traditional metal features. We have the thrash of bands like Slayer and Kreator, with the incorporation of the original black and death sounds in the realms of early bands like Death, Venom and Bathory. You can hardly go wrong with all that!
The best thing is, that while Sathanas brings to mind lots of different bands when trying to compare their style, they don’t actually sound like any particular one band. That’s an impressive feat to pull off. Sathanas is definitely not run of the mill as a lot of other bands of this genre that I have heard lately.
The title track is one of the best for excellent guitar riffing and all around musicianship.
“Nocturnal Hell” has some great fast-fingered riffing leading into it and hell yeah, I found myself head banging.
The beginning of “Reign of the Anti-Christ” sounds like a long lost track from Slayer’s South of Heaven musically. Vocally, it is much ‘barkier’ sounding than Tom Araya’s raspier spews.
The three above mentioned are my personal favorites from this six track demo, but I have found myself listening to the entire CD often and will definitely be checking more into this band as their career continues to unfold.
Heavy guitar riffs and drumming and doom-inspiring bass and all the beloved elements of traditional extreme metal are here, rolled into one bands by the name of Sathanas. I would definitely raise the ‘devil horns’ proudly at one of their shows.