SATARIEL’s EP “Chifra” is a decent four-track record featuring varied, heavily Gothenburg-inspired Death Metal. The keywords here are melody and force. All the instruments work together as a unit and the riffing is fairly varied, often built up with short bursts of rhythm guitar in front of the bass and with occasional melodies, which often seem to be parallel with the basic riffing instead of lying over it. However, this cut-up riffing isn't really my cup of tea. The overall impression of the music is that it is accessible, but mostly keeps the power. This is one point where the four tracks differ a lot, though.
In my opinion, the best song on here is the opener “Hogtied Angel” that bursts forth with real power and builds the Death Metal-part of this EP together with the title track. Still, there is a lot of clean vocals around and I actually think, for once, that that is a shame. Pär Johansson has a really interesting and raspy growl that I really like, while his clean vocals feel very typical for Gothenburg Metal – almost sounding relaxed or uninterested. Well, there is no major problem with the clean vocals, but I have never liked that singing style.
The second song “Slithering” lacks growling and together with the closer “Flies Halo” shows the softer side of this record. These two songs are weaker than the more Death Metal oriented ones. After a few listenings, this makes the whole EP seem a little tired and at the end I feel that I cannot really recommend this EP, but I think that my Gothenburg Death antipathy is speaking here...
(Online February 27, 2008)