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Sathanas / Spawn of Satan: Split 7inch

This split 7inch brings together two bands that, should they be found together anywhere else, would most likely be dancing the waltz with a couple of corpses in an abattoir, the strains of filthy, blasphemous and putrid metal filling the rancid air. Having been around since the late 80s, both bands have long been dining on grime to nurture their skills in the 'orrible art of death metal. Spawn of Satan's 'Ritual Murder' is barbaric and vicious; nothing more, nothing less. The barking vocals that promise to kill us in the opening line sit against a blazing wall of sharp guitars and equally sharp riffs and ruthlessly aggressive drums. Sathanas, the more prolific of the two bands, bestow upon us the track 'Unholy Eternal', a track that matches Spawn of Satan's offering in the brutality and uncompromising ugliness stakes. That their output has been so prolific is apparent in the song-writing, the performance, and the production. As splits go, these two bands complement each other very well yet with just one track from each band and of such quality it does raise the question as to why they didn't try to pack in another track from each of them.

Track Listing:

  1. Spawn of Satan Ritual Murder
  2. Sathanas Unholy Eternal

Added: March 10th 2013
Reviewer: Jason Guest
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Sathanas / Spawn of Satan: Split 7inch
Posted by Ryan Skow, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-03-10 19:36:35
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This two-song split record between Sathanas and Spawn of Satan is a no nonsense outing between two long running but rarely mentioned US death metal acts. Pennsylvania's Sathanas have been toiling in the underground since 1988 with a whopping eight full-lengths to their name while Spawn of Satan serve as more of an informal side project to equally long running Cleveland metallers Nunslaughter. Both bands contribute a single song to this EP.

The easiest way to describe Spawn of Satan's track "Ritual Murder" is as a loving homage to Massacre's classic From Beyond album. The band employs a similar form of thrashy but decidedly death metal riffing and Jim Sadist's vocals are eerily similar to those of Kam Lee. It would be easy to deride the band for a lack of originality but given that this is a single track on a short 7" record, and I admit to being unfamiliar with the rest of the band's material, we can grant the band a certain amount of leeway for what amounts to a break from their day jobs. They might be following in the footsteps of others but to their credit it is achieved with an informal swagger that has the air of old friends jamming out in the garage playing the music they grew up on and love. That might not earn them any points for brilliant songwriting but you can bet they had fun writing and recording it.

The stronger half of the split belongs to the unsung Sathanas whose track "Unholy Eternal" is squarely in line with their brand of sturdy blackened death metal. The band has made a career out of material that eschews blast beats and technical showmanship for gritty mid-paced odes to all things anti-Christian. This song could easily have fit in anywhere on their 2012 album La Hora de Lucifer and does nothing to suggest that Sathanas is seeking to branch out or alter their long dependable sound. That might sound dismissive but given the quality of their track record what we have here is simply more of a good thing.

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