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SATAN!!! SATAN!! - 79%

UltraBoris, March 23rd, 2004

Top-notch power-thrash to be found here... possibly the first thrash LP from the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, actually. This is really in line with what the rest of the world was doing in 1985, which is not something the Soviets can claim ;-) It's not quite the over-the-head wallop of Bonded by Blood, but imagine a bit of that album combined with the first Overkill LP, the first Slayer, and a lot of Teutonic influence (Iron Angel, Necronomicon)... and throw in some slightly harsh vocals, and you get this one.

Does it work? Fuck yes it works. This is not just a novelty act, a band that needs to be put on a pedestal simply because they're under communist oppression - no equal opportunity here, it does not suck simply because it DOES NOT SUCK, and there is no mitigation needed. From the hacksaw shredding opener and the first riffs of Metal i Pieko (Metal and Hell), which are a complete take on Bonded by Blood, except more speed-metal in style, to the very last notes of 666 (Satan, Satan!!), this is a raging basher. The album is really summed up more as power/speed for the most part, though every once in a while they throw in a real raging thrash riff... the first song, after some more chainsaw shredding (seriously, this lead guitar is vicious and sounds like nothing else on this planet), there is a huge Overkill/Necronomicon-style thrash break. Diabelski dom Cz. 1 (Devil's House, Part I) is more classic-styled, less fast and furious, with a bit of Rock Hard Ride Free melodicism, but still power-metal enough to border on thrash. Catchy as fuck.

Then, in Morderca (Killer), you get more insane speed metal out of nowhere, with some really over-the-top vocals, and again that shredding guitar style, and Czas Zemsty (Time of Revenge) is kind of a ballad, but imagine not Every Rose Has Its Thorn, but rather Laaz Rockit's Means to an End. And how they pull it off without changing that heavy guitar tone, but put in some more classical-style soloing, is really quite the sight to behold.

I have no idea what happened to Devil's House part 2, but Part 3 is kinda similar to Part 1, but not enough so that it becomes repetitive - there's one main counterpoint riff that keeps coming back, and the whole thing is really quite melodic, but also while staying heavy as fuck at the same time. There's more random thrash to be found in Wyrocznia (Oracle), which is probably the heaviest track on here...

Overall, this is pretty much just what you'd expect for 1985, Germany. So if you like German speed/thrash (and who doesn't!!), this is wholeheartedly endorsed. Recommended for thrashers, speedfreaks, and students of Communist history. SATAN SATAN!!!