Review: Satan's Host – Pre-dating God part 1 & 2 (Moribund 2015 CD)

 These US veterans decided to not only give us one, but two brand new albums this year, which I doubt anyone would mind. The fact that the whole thing is divided into two albums means that there's a lot of music to take in, but the songs are very well written and filled with small details. Even though you've listened to the whole thing 10-15 times, there's always something new to discover each time you revisit these albums.

Also, the vocal performance of the one and only Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (or if you prefer it so, Leviathan Thisiren) is absolutely brilliant. Anyone who have heard Ample Destruction shouldn't be surprised that he's got a hell of a voice, but the performance here shows a width in his range that is just incredible. Valley of Blood sounds like they have used five different vocalists. Add to that the evil riffing and the crazy yet inexcessive drums, and you've got some of the most interesting and innovatory heavy metal you possibly could find these days. Imagine if Iron Maiden on their post 2000-albums instead of the progressive elements would have taken some influences from death and black metal, and I think you've got quite a good idea of how Satan's Host sounds. We'll see if Maiden will be able to deliver something of this high quality with their new album, it sure won't be easy... 8/10

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