SATANIKA - METAL POSESSION
IRON SHIELD RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
the Iron Shield Records company I received a package of their newest Thrash
bands. From out of Italy I announce a band called Satanika. At the background of
the CD the warning “May cause excessive headbanging!” makes me predict this
might be the harsher kind of Thrash. And Am I right? Yes I am….
the very first seconds some kind of dark atmosphere is heading through my
speakers and Satanika proves why Thrash Metal deserves the terms “extreme”,
“dark” and “evil”. Satanika is ultra energetic and delivers the listener
ultra dark yet varied extreme Thrash Metal. By writing Satanika plays varied I
also mean that there’s place for some great musical arrangements that
constantly empowers the sinister and twisted mood the bands gets me into.
plays on the boundaries of the even more extreme Black Metal but stays mostly a
Thrash Metal band. Anyway the band can’t hide the fact that also Black Metal
has been a source of inspiration, “March of the undead” for example….
Satanika is clearly influenced by bands of Dark Angel, Sadus, Viking and maybe
the very old Slayer (“Hell Awaits” era) and tons of more obscure old school
Thrash Metal formations. Satanika also found inspiration by those threatening
Norwegian Black Metal forces and it makes that Satanika really blows me away
with tracks you need to experience on a gloomy and menacing night. The band
members seem to be fans of those old Horror movies too and often that kind of
atmosphere crawls all over you while listening to “Metal Possession”,
awesome! Possessed you will be, no doubts! The band didn’t use any samples to
create that kind of mood, and yes, maybe it could have lifted this album to a
higher level if fragments from their favorite movies would have been mixed in
their songs…. On the other way I am pleased they didn’t because it makes
them pure as hell!
you into those might Exodus riffs? Are the Dark Angel arrangements giving you
that perfect kick? Or you like it even more obscure and don’t mind a band that
crosses lines of genres? You need for this kind of Metal a singer with the
perfect serpentine voice for it? Well… Satanika might deliver a CD you were
looking for since a long time. Add some good, even emotional played, solos
(listen to “Deep Red” for example) and you’ll have another reason to
purchase this one. A track like “Deep Red” proves anyway that these guys
also adore traditional Heavy Metal, just listen to those fantastic mid tempo
arrangements. Riffs you’ll hear on for example “The Arms Of Death” will
really make your eyes wide shut and believe me musical wise Satanika is strong
enough to convince every Thrasher! The band gears up the tempo at the right
moment and boredom isn’t an option. Therefore there’s too much to experience
on this release! And again I hear superb guitar riffs, ditto solos and a drummer
who really knows how to smash his sticks!
“A Mother’s Love” I hear traditional vocals and Howard Smith is
responsible for both of them. Howard Smith? It doesn’t ring a bell? H from
Acid Reign does? Well…To end the band delivers a cover song from Bulldozer but
both tracks with Howard Smith impressed me more to be honest.
intimidating and hostile gives the perfect thrill, a kick a person needs once
and a while! Old school with a slice of a modern touch! Addictives should really
check this band out on http://www.myspace.com/truesatanika.
My Points: 84 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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