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Sathanas / Spawn of Satan: Split
Black Metal, Death Metal
Hells Headbangers
October 31st, 2012
Release length: 8:25
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Hells Headbangers has released a very special Halloween treat for fans of Death Metal. This two-way Split recording brings Pennsylvania’s Blackened Death Metal group Sathanas together with Ohio’s Spawn of Satan for an eight vinyl seven-inch vinyl assault. While the first has put out a number of recordings through the years, and finds their home with Pagan Records, the latter of the two has only put out a few splits through the years, and one compilation. With only one song at each either’s disposal, do these two groups take advantage of the EP to put their best hooves forward, or do these devilish bands drop the band for this outting?

Each track offers a different audio quality, but both a professional experience. For “Ritual Murder” by Spawn of Satan, you get a solid, deeper performance that has a stronger bass presence. The deeper audio is met with thin distortion on the guitars that is also a bit distant, but the mid-range sound works well with the catchy drumming. Crisp and somewhat powerful cymbals fill the music well, while the slightly hollow snares stick out well against the deeper clicks of the bass kick. This is the instrument that really works with the song. The groovey offering is catchy as all hell, working with the deep bass guitar to really establish the infectious rhythm against the energetic, mid-ranged harsher gutturals. The only gripe of the song is the monotone spoken “Kill for satan” that appears towards the end, feeling more like a tacked on novelty to such a strong, impressive performance.

On the other side is “Unholy Eternal” by Sathanas. The Black Metal influence here is obvious right off the bat, as is the slightly higher pitched music. The guitars have a lower distortion to them, but still carry a bit of treble that works better with the blacker riffs that often come through. The bass guitar is what helps to keep the song grounded, having a deeper tone that helps to make headbanging more of a mandate. The cymbals seem a little washed out, but the bass kicks have a subtle click that can be picked up on, and the snares vary between a thicker and hollow sound when hit. The vocal range here is what really stands out, having more of an energetic rhasp to it that matches the overall enthusiastic performance, but can also shift into more of a harsher performance when necessary. While the Death Metal riffs sound great, and even have a bit of melody to them, it’s the Black Metal riffs that really grab your attention, and would easily dominate the split in general if the bass kicks had a richer click to them to help fill the music and make it even more sinister than what is present.

This Split isn’t exactly a wasted opportunity for both bands. While neither song is actually gold, there’s no denying that both bands are quite impressive, and aside some issues with the audio in “Unholy Eternal,” chances are good you’ll find yourself hitting the internet to hear more from both bands, and spending a good amount of spins with both sides of this release. Sathanas and Spawn of Satan have been around for a while now, and it’s obvious the main appeal is going to be for fans of the latter of the two considering how little they have issued over the years, despite apparently forming in 1989. If you enjoy sinister, blackened Death Metal, then this Split is well worth taking the time to hear.

Spawn of Satan:
01. Ritual Murder – 4:17

Sathanas:
02. Unholy Eternal – 4:08

Initial Pressing Score: 8/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.