26 April, 2013

Satan: Life Sentence – new album


Listen to rejuvenated SATAN's comeback album ‘Life Sentence’, the follow up to their 1983's debut album and NWOBHM cult classic ‘Court In The Act’! Thirty years in the making, ‘Life Sentence’ features the (classic) lineup of vocalist Brian Ross, guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, drummer Sean Taylor and bassisy Graeme English. The CD was recorded at First Avenue Studios in Newcastle, England, mixed and mastered by musician and record producer Dario Mollo at Damage Inc. Studio in Italy, with its artwork created by Eliran Kantor. Buy the record via the band's site here or search for it on Amazon/Amazon MP3 when available: April 29th, 2013 in Europe and May 21st, 2013 in North America via Listenable Records:
“For a genre that adopted the devil as chief muse and aesthetic patriarch, SATAN should have fitted right in; acceptance should have been instant. But while SATAN, too, were a product of VENOM's hometown, Newcastle, England, their approach was wholly different,” [introduced SATAN's resurrection Jonathan Horsley, Decibel Magazine – read more here]

Formed 1979 in Newcastle, England, SATAN released their debut album (“what at the time surely ranked among the heaviest albums yet recorded”), 1983's ‘Court In The Act’, on Neat Records:
“ ‘Court In The Act’ bordered on the yet undefined style of thrash metal, thanks to the frenetic speeds achieved, but the album also boasted more accessible and melodic mid-paced metal fare, putting great effort into the memorable melodies and choruses…,” [wrote Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic – more here]
Vocalist Brian Ross decided to leave SATAN in order to resurrect his first band BLITZKRIEG. With new vocalist Lou Taylor, SATAN became known as BLIND FURY and as such they proceeded to record 1985's hard rock-oriented album ‘Out Of Reach’, issued through Roadrunner Records. Enlisting yet another new vocalist Michael Jackson, the group decided to give the old moniker and pre-thrash sound another try. SATAN recorded ‘Suspended Sentence’ they issued on SPV/Steamhammer in 1987.
“Frustratingly,” [continues this perplexing story Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic] “SATAN would squander any momentum they might have gained from this masterful gem of an LP, by once again changing their name (although, not their singer, thankfully) before their next album, which they released as PARIAH,” [more here]
Through SPV/Steamhammer PARIAH put forth two additional albums, ‘The Kindred’ in 1988 and ‘Blaze Of Obscurity’ in 1990, before guitarist Ramsey and bassist English moved on and formed folk metal band SKYCLAD. SATAN reunited in 2004 for a one-off performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air 2004 and then reassembled their original line-up in 2011.

SATAN features: Brian Ross – vocals, Steve Ramsey – guitar, Russ Tippins – guitar, Graeme English – bass and Sean Taylor – drums

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