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Sathanas - Nightrealm Apocalypse (7/10) - USA - 2009

Genre: Death Metal / Black Metal
Label: Pagan Records
Playing time: 37:46
Band homepage: Sathanas

Tracklist:

  1. Ever Falling Darkness
  2. Prayers Of Armageddon
  3. Cult Of Blood
  4. Night Realm Apocalypse
  5. Black Witching Millennium
  6. One With Satan
  7. DemonHellStorm
  8. Kingdom Of The Damned
  9. Prophecies Of Evils To Come
  10. Revel In Death
Sathanas - Nightrealm Apocalypse

Despite having one of the most uninspired band monikers and some equally clichéd song titles (“Cult Of Blood”, “Kingdom Of The Damned” anyone?), SATHANAS is actually a pretty decent band. They’ve been churning out albums since the tail-end of the 80s, with “Nightrealm Apocalypse” being their seventh full-length effort, and while this is my first encounter with them it has been a positive one.

Nobody in their right mind could claim that these guys are terribly original but they are a prime example of a band making the most of their admittedly limited style. There’s some old school Death Metal present here (think the murky grooves of OBITUARY or a keyboard-less ACHERON, with who they share members BTW), some Black Metal, and even the odd dash Thrash. Couple all this with a vocalist who’s sending his larynx straight to hell and a clear production job and you have a pretty fine platter of extreme Blackened Death Metal that should especially appeal to fans of ANGEL CORPSE or even AKERCOCKE. Sure, the songs do bleed into one another after a while but with standout moments like the relentlessly thrashy “One With Satan” and “Revel In Death” (watch out for the blistering groove around the 2:30 mark) there is definitely some fun to be had with this album. They don’t toss about with too many slow moments and overall a deft balance is maintained between the darker Black Metal elements and the groovy rumble of the Death Metal undercurrent.

I wouldn’t call this one of the absolute highlights of the year but as far as this kind of Metal goes these guys are a pretty safe bet for some pure moshpit pain. If you manage to find a copy and fancy what you’re hearing then also be sure to check out DISSIMULATION, a similar ‘second-tier’ band that deserves more recognition. Good stuff!

(Online May 18, 2009)

Neil Pretorius



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