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Satan- Atom by Atom

Satan

NWOBHM has been making a resurgence over the past few years and bands like Angel Witch and Iron Maiden have been enjoying great success. Listenable Records, known for having signed big names like Aborted and Gojira, wisely decided to jump on the band wagon and sign NWOBHM pioneers, Satan, back in 2013 for a long awaited reunion.
Satan is the kind of band that your dad’s cool friend with the motorcycle and the possible weed connection might listen to. Ever old school, their new album entitled “Atom to Atom” doesn’t deviate too far from the classic, heavy metal sound Judas Priest and Grim Reaper fans have grown to love. The first falsetto scream and blistering riff will have you squeezing your bloated ass into acid washed jeans and fist pumping your way back to 1982.

In many ways, “Atom to Atom” is a step up from the band’s last album, “Life Sentence”, and that’s saying a lot considering the album boasted rave reviews from both zines and Metal Archives alike. Admittedly, I found myself a tad bored during the first two tracks, entitled “Farewell Evolution-1” and “Fallen Savior”, but Satan soon made up for it with the third track on the album, “Ruination”. Definitely stand out track on the album, “Ruination” is reminiscent of Paul Di’Anno’s solo works, featuring epically smooth, clean vocals, and melodic guitar solos that bordered on hypnotic.

The album continues on this upswing, ultimately leaving listeners in a haze of arpeggios. There is a bit of a cheese factor toward the end, in songs like “The Fall of Persophone” and “Bound in Emnity”, but the band makes up for it by injecting blistering riffs into the songs that’ll make you want to punch your dad’s friend in the face. Overall, “Atom to Atom” is a solid release. A classic in the making.

8.5/10

https://listenable-records.bandcamp.com/album/atom-by-atom

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Hour of 13 is Back

110105_photoYou know those albums in your collection that you play over and over. Those bands you follow religiously. For me, Hour of 13 was one of those bands. So you can only imagine my disappointment when the band went on hiatus months back. I am proud to announce, however, that doom laden traditional rockers, Hour of 13 are actively recording again and will soon embark on their European tour, sans powerful yet controversial vocalist, Phil Swanson.

Chad Davis (the brains behind Hour of 13) will be taking over vocals, making Hour of 13 a one man project. Session musicians, John Mode and Dave Easter will fill in on bass and drums for live performances. Phil Swanson will continue to work with Seamount, Briton Rites and Vestal Claret. It seems to me, we can say goodbye to unreliability and cancelled shows, as Phil seemed to be the issue here, consistently complaining about the “lack of tour support”. I’m both curious and excited to discover Chad Davis as a vocalist. Here is a glimpse of Chad on vocals live in Chesapeake, VA. Happy Listening. Hails!