Satan’s Wrath – Die Evil (Metal Blade)Sunday, 3rd May 2015
Observing the tried and true method of waiting a year between records, Satan’s Wrath has returned, following up 2013’s Aeons of Satan’s Reign. The band’s third release (not to mention third for Metal Blade as well), fans of the first two records shouldn’t be surprised by Die Evil. With the third release being oh so important in terms of defining a band’s sound, it’s pretty clear that Satan’s Wrath is set in their pathway.
Sonically, Die Evil doesn’t differ much from the worlds of Aeons of Satan’s Reign or Galloping Blasphemy. No, Satan’s Wrath still marches on the road of Bathory, Venom, Possessed, and just a slight bit of Slayer. Old school at its core, but the band gets it right. Obviously it doesn’t take much to guess the lyrical content here, but it suits the razor sharp riffing that is sure to get heads moving. NWOBHM influences also still preside over the solo section, with frequently energized bits that do have a tendency to give the listener a big grin (see the title track). An aesthetically pleasing production rounds out the whole thing, giving it a vintage feel yet not skimping out on giving each instrument it’s due.
As they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Such is the philosophy behind Die Evil. If you have dug previous releases, Die Evil will serve its purpose and please fans. At this point in the band’s career, it’s clear that this is the route that they shall continue to take as we look towards the future.