Desaster – 666 Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate (Metal Blade Records)

Thursday, 14th March 2013
Rating: 7/10

Kinda like throwback thrash, primitive churn-and-burn BM can be pumped out fairly easily. Not to say bands like Impaled Nazarene or the band in question, Germany’s Desaster are without merit, it’s just that when such a simplistic and bonehead style is performed so overtly, it’s easy to overlook the musical aspect in favor of just how quick and blunt this stuff is.

666 Satan’s Soldiers Syndicate is all that and a bag of chips, with 10 sharp, raw black metal offerings further defining Desaster’s rather nondescript career. The rapid-fire “Razor Ritual” is a quality slab, while the fist-banging “Hellbangers” (yep, the title gave it away) is one of the more immediate and is pulled off admirably thanks to Infernal’s layered and halfway charming riff-work.

While the ever-awesome A. Nementhanga of Primordial fame pops up on “Tyrannizer,” Satan’s Soliders Synidcate and more importantly, Desaster, have done very little here. Just some standard staying within-the-lines, full-throttle, punk-infused BM with no sight of dynamics or the drunken, haggard spew of an Impaled Nazarene.

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