Satan's Wrath - Die Evil (Metal Blade Records)

Suitably ferocious...
Release Date: 
4 May 2015 - 11:30pm

Being in a particularly foul mood, I bunged this on the gramophone and found it matched my mood precisely. Die Evil staggers about the place pissing venom and generally being unpleasant. These are its good points. It's not overly complicated but it's got a retro chunkiness and old school charm to it that I enjoyed whole-heartedly. Remarkably Satan's Wrath is the result of some insane ponderings by multi-instrumentalist Tas Danazoglou (I'm not sure if he banged this album out on his own, or composed it all, or what); regardless, it's the kind of thing that you can just chuck on the stereo and postively seethe and fume and rage to, without getting bogged down in technicalities.

I particularly enjoyed the dark stylings of Dead Of The Shallow Graves with its olde worlde crunch and lashings of hammer-ons - all this depsite having a rather doomish tempo - but most of the tracks on here seem to fly by at a rather furious pace. Given that the album appears to finish almost as quickly as it starts (with the splendidly frenzied opener Raised On Sabbaths) suggests a deliciously brief yet intense piece of metal for your listening pleasure. Perhaps some readers may find its 'looking back to the past' stance to be a tad uninspiring but I found it to be just what the doctor ordered. Short, sweet and sharp.