Riding Easy Records, Bad Omen, US/THEM
Release date: 19/10/2018
Running Time: 35 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
Satan, eh? Old Beelzebub has had a long-established association with rock’n’roll. Most notably there was dear old Black Sabbath, or as I knew them in the late 60s, a bunch of hippies called Earth. I remember well the day I lent Tony and Geezer (let’s face it, the brains of the bunch) some cash to go to the cinema for a break in rehearsal. Lo and behold, the pair were inspired by queues for a horror film to rename the band in a scary manner. They called themselves Black Sabbath, and an unholy cacophony known as Heavy Metal was born.
These Satan’s Satyrs lads may well be in league with the devil himself, I don’t know. They do peddle a very enjoyable mash up of garage punk and 70’s proto metal, however. Like Motorhead covering T-Rex songs, whilst a bunch of rowdy werewolf bikers have a drug party.
Opener “Thrill of the City” rages out of the pit and sets the tone nicely. Most of the album follows suit and it’s as greasy as a week-old chip pan. Muscular yet melodic dual guitars from Jarrett Nettnin and Nate Towle, with Clayton Burgess providing vocals and deep-fried bass and solid drums by Stephen Fairfield.
“She Beast” offers up a beautiful, big fat riff that really greased my gears. That glam rock sheen shines through nicely on “Trampled by Angels” and there’s a change of pace somewhat with “Take it and Run”, which has a pleasant jangle.
In honesty it took a couple of listens to begin to appreciate “The Lucky Ones” – deceptively simple at first, yet revealing more gleaming gems when the grime was rubbed off a little. A great, satisfying record and I’ll be investigating more of Satan’s Satyrs in future.
Oh, and Ozzy, if you’re reading this: if I could have back that tenner I lent you in 1969, I could really do with it. Cheers.
The above review was originally published by Ever Metal – go check ’em out for more rock and metal reviews!