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Sathanas - Necrohymns - 85%

Orbitball, September 11th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2018, Digital, Transcending Obscurity Records

Frontman Paul Tucker does a good job of songwriting here, producing some pretty intensive blackened thrash metal. I'd say it's a step-up from 'Worship the Devil'. It's stronger in the riff department and production. The length of the album is a little short though, spewing out eight songs and thirty-two minutes in length. But that doesn't take away from the sick music/lyrical concepts this record has to offer. Every song is good, solid and riff-wise the music is positively solid. The production sound is a bit raw, but by thought and design. The vocals are screaming as with past releases and duplicated. This one is even with more aggression.

I have two other Sathanas albums and this one tops both. Between the music and production, 'Necrohymns' definitely conquers. The music and aggression is more concentrated on here. Everything is more intense and lethal. These guys know how to make songwriting for this genre quite impeccable. The tempos aren't too fast but the guitar work is done with precision. No track on here is malicious in the sense of not well done. All of the tracks are done precisely the way that they meant to be composed. I can't single out a track on here that I disliked. All of them are my favorite.

The drums are well done too, following the music just right. However, the production made the snare a little bit flat. That's why I took some points away from the overall score. It doesn't mean that this whole release was just a waste, I thought that it deserved a 'B' because of the music. All Sathanas releases have been a little shady in the production department. 'Worship the Devil' was like that in a way as well. Same with 'Crowned Infernal'. But that doesn't mean either that these guys don't know how to write good music. Their budget might be the reason for the lagging production quality to their albums.

Check out "Throne of Sodom" and "Harbinger of Death", those are two good tracks from the album. That is, even though all of the tracks I felt were solid. This album is available through Transcending Obscurity Records. You could also get it from Amazon, though not sold by Amazon. A lot of them are available as imports. I would check out those two songs I mentioned and you can get the digital album through Spotify. It's worth downloading, definitely. If you like metal played in a wicked fashion and you want something extreme, 'Necrohymns' will hit home for you. Too bad that this band is not more well known. Hopefully this review will MAKE THEM MORE WELL KNOWN!