MetalBite Review by Alex on 7/17/2018 6:15:06 PM
Sathanas paves an exit wound with their 10th release titled Necrohyms. They have been casting stones since the late 80's. What I find unfair is they have not received the attention and praise other black/thrash metal bands have garnered even though they have been in existence since the era of first wave black metal. Usually black/thrash metal is something I’m extremely picky about even listening to, but this release has opened my mind and encouraged me to check out other bands of the same genre. I received a promo of Necrohyms and upon immediate glance at the artwork, I was enthralled; black and white illustrations always sucker me in anyways.
Sathanas is listed as black/thrash metal on The Metal Archives, and though I am not familiar with their past installations, Necrohyms sounds like a very groove driven brand of black/thrash metal. There is a significant amount of gravitation towards the flow via mid paced compositions. From the inception of "At the Left Hand of Satan" the blazing speed is present then slowly dissipates and is replaced with a mid paced flow that is accompanied by mid tempo guitars as the leads. This formula is detracted and revisited momentarily once "Harbinger of Death" begins and serves as a blueprint for the remaining music to be heard on Necrohymns. That is the formula for primarily the majority of Necrohymns. The fast repetitive boring thrashing I was expecting to hear was absent for the albums entirety. Instead what I got was a focus on melody and sensible instrumentation. Sathanas did not go all crazy with the trash metal and forget the diversity aspect of it. Thrash metal is the one genre I get bored of quickly, however, Sathanas' ability to let the groove take dominance over the music payed off well. Though only 32 minutes in length, Necrohymns offers a genuine amount of memorable songs that you can sing and hum to. "Raise the Flag of Hell" and "Witchcult" are strong contenders for best songs on the album. They carry the momentum of the record with consistency due to short bursts of detailed guitar solos, obscurely pronounced vocals and candid drumming. To my surprise, Necrohymns was enjoyable unlike other thrash/black metal albums released this year that I refuse to give a second chance to. Though not as ferocious as some of the other albums I have had the fortune of hearing, Necrohymns feels more like a final neatly and gracefully crafted piece of combat embroidery.
I have had at least 2 full listening sessions of Necrohymns, and being Sathanas' 10th full-length release, I feel compelled to visit their earlier works. The music on Necrohymns possesses the maturity and steady handed competency you would come to expect from a band that has been officially releasing music since 1988. Another win for Transcending Obscurity Records, Necrohymns has earned my support.
Rating: 8 ouy of 10