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Iugulatus: Satanic Pride
Black Metal
The End of Time Records
September 7th, 2012
Release length: 42:07
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Iugulatus had a very short run as being an active Black Metal group. Hailing from Poland, the five piece formed in 2009, and recorded plenty of material. But, when drummer Wojtass left the group, the band changed their name to Architect of Disease, even though they still had two more albums worth of material waiting to be released. One of those albums is Satanic Pride, a five song full-length being issued through The End of Time Records. Will this recording from beyond the metaphorical grave stand as a testiment of what this line-up had to offer?

The audio quality to Satanic Pride is pretty strong on various levels. First off, the bass guitar isn’t really that dominant in the mix. While it does a good job at the level it’s at, the guitars carry a mid-range to higher pitch depending on the performance. This can make for a solid, aggressive sound, or one that is a little less grounded, not quite having the same aggressive bite. The vocals are pretty loud in the mix, having a harsher rhasp with a decent amount of energy that works to make it a somewhat venomous assault against the varied atmospheres of the album. Finally, there’s the drumming, which sounds great. The bass kicks have a really strong click to them that sticks out, matched by the slightly hollow snares and crisp cymbals, the latter of which is just a little lower in volume than the rest of the kit.

“Satanic Pride” kicks things off quite well. The music jumps between having a nice mid-tempo groove you can easily bang your head along with, to faster material that can traverse into blast beat fueled intensity among darker, melodic chords. There’s a great deal of variety that really stands out, though it’s around the chorus that things become a little more memorable. There, as well as some bridges, you can find the music taking on a slight epic tone that pushes things further as a Black Metal anthem, celebrating the heritage of the style in the lyrics, as well as the obvious passion and power in the performances from each member. Of course there’s “Beware the Flame from Undun,” which isn’t that bad a song for pushing eleven minutes, however it can feel a little dragged out. There are plenty of times where the bass impact simply is not as strong as it should be thanks to the many sections that have simpler riffs that are a few notes played before giving way to a moment of silence. Aside that, there are plenty of crushing passages to be found, really focusing on the bass kicks with a deeper sound from the guitars that can sometimes give way to some rather creepy riffs, as well as a decent amount of blastbeats that aren’t anything special, but do add enough variety to keep things from getting stale.

While “Beware the Flame from Undun” is still good, it’s not the best of the two longer tracks. “Demons Lust” is actually a far better experience. The slower pace does take on more of a ritualistic vibe that the sinister, deeper vocal performance matches greatly. This also allows a little more complexity to stand out in the chords. The bass also gets a better chance to stand out on its own around the four minute mark, presenting some riffs with a louder hum than on previous songs. But, of the few tracks present, it’s “Black Song of Necromancy” that stands out the most. The band manages to mix the blastbeats superbly among the haunting chords. While the song doesn’t always stay as deep or heavy as you would hope, often giving way to a higher pitch in areas such as the guitar solo. Other than that, the entire performance finds plenty of energy behind it, which works to make the music a lot richer, as well as have some tight shifts in pace, such as around the two-and-a-half minute mark when things slows down, and shortly after when it seamlessly switches back to the aggressive mid-tempo it was at before.

Satanic Pride definitely does show plenty of pride in their work, making this an enjoyable Black Metal experience from start to finish. Sure, it’s only five songs, but there’s a good amount of length to them, especially with “Beware the Flame from Undun” and “Demons Lust,” both presenting solid longer offerings with very little filler or obvious padding. Even though the music can be a bit too higher in pitch than it should be, the performances here are excellent, varying between early second wave haunting or ritualistic riffs, as well as modern blast beat fueled rage. If you enjoy the style, Satanic Pride by Iugulatus is definitely worth giving a shot.

01. Satanic Pride – 5:04
02. Chaos Invocation – 4:43
03. Beware the Flame from Undun – 10:56
04. Black Song of Necromancy – 6:34
05. Demons Lust – 14:50
Overall Score: 8/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by The End of Time Records.