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Satan’s Host - Archidoxes of Evil (Reissue)

Satan’s Host
Archidoxes of Evil (Reissue)
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 03 December 2020, 7:00 AM

When people debate about the upcoming Metal savior (or can be said the next great band that will succeed IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA on the top of commercial success), one deeper idea must be set into the talk (and in the greater part of times, it’s not): names in such way don’t appear as a move from management or from the musical industry. Of course they can do some things, but without talent, a band is just another name. One case of a band with a huge potential that hadn’t the same lucky of many is from the North American quartet SATAN’S HOST. And anyone can see it clearly on the reissue of “Archidoxes of Evil”, their second full length.

The original release date is 2000, 16 years after their first album, “Metal from Hell”. In the beginning, they had an US Metal appeal due the presence of Leviathan Thisiren on vocals (in reality, Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin from JAG PANZER), and it’s when they could become a giant. But here, with the aggressive low tunes of the vocals of Lucifer Eli Elixir, the band gained an Old School Black/Death Metal insight with elements from traditional Heavy Metal appearing in many moments. Obviously it’s far from what they were in the past, but it’s still very good and personal, filled with energy. The sonority seems like and 80’s Metal band playing on those days (what they really are), but shaped by a vision that everything that is filthy must have that point that the listeners must understand what’s being expressed. It sound raw and organic, but in a way that can be understood, besides it doesn’t fit perfectly on what they did on that time.

The Black/Death Metal crushing grasp of “Devil’s Orison” (very good contrasts of rhythms and a very good set of guitar riffs), the nasty and oppressive of ambiences of “Spheric Destiny” (it’s so organic that during the solos, the listener can hear clearly the bass guitar parts), the Doom/Death appeal show on the crude approach of “Nightside of Eden” (where some traces of traditional Heavy Metal can be heard), the nasty Hardcore appeal of “Circle of Chaos” and “Purified in Pain” (due the raw ambiences on both songs, and very good vocals can be heard), and the crushing heavy weight of “Demons from Nazarene - Ode to Lucifer” are the best ones. As a bonus, a version of “Nightside of Eden” recorded with Leviathan Thisiren on the vocals.

This new release of “Archidoxes of Evil” is a very good opportunity for new fans hear what SATAN’S HOST is on its brutal incarnation.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Lilith, Consorting Lucifer
2. Devil's Orison
3. Spheric Destiny
4. Nightside of Eden
5. Plight of the Magus
6. Circle of Chaos
7. Melektaus
8. Purified in Pain
9. Clan of the Hellions
10. Shamanic Spectra
11. Demons from Nazarene - Ode to Lucifer
12. Nightside of Eden (2011 version)
Lucifer Eli Elixir - Vocals
Satan Patrick Evil - Guitars
Belial J. Phantom - Bass
Leviathan A.C. - Drums
Record Label: Moribund Records


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