CD review SATAN’S FALL ‘Final Day’

Founded in 2015 and having released a first demo in 2016, these are the primal steps of Finnish metal warriors Satan’s Fall. The self-released EP ‘Metal of Satan’ was an important step for the quintet from Tampere since it acted as a springboard for inking a deal with High Roller Records.

The label, known for the great sense for good bands, released a first summary of Satan’s Fall’s musical achievement under the banner of ‘Past of’. This was in early 2020 and towards the end of the year the guys unleash their debut album.

‘Final Day’ is the title of this eight songs comprising longplayer, a record fueled by the spirit of heavy metal. It’s the underground vibe of the ’80s that’s being transported by ‘Final Day’, starting with the artwork. Five fearless guys looking into the eyes of evil and all kept in hellish red. That’s how cover-art of a heavy metal album needs to look like.

What counts even more is the music, no doubt. There is only good things to report from the eight songs on ‘Final Day’. ‘Forever Blind’ opens up the gate to well-crafted heavy metal, done in the spirit of the NWoBHM. Razorblade-sharp riffs and melodic vocal lines are perfect ingredients. Also the galloping ‘Madness (Finds a Way)’ showcases a band that knows clearly what they want to achieve with their music, which is having fun.

The bottom-part of the tracklist contains songs that are a bit longer than the rest. Satan’s Fall show that they have more in their repertoire than merely pushing the pedal hard. ‘The Flamekeeper’ and ‘Final Day’ are varied metal anthems with well-placed breaks and no lengthy moments. It doesn’t need to be always the revolution in music that needs to be the aim of a band. It’s the blood, sweat and tears a band puts into their music to make an album to a good one. It’s a matter of heart and soul, both being present on ‘Final Day’ from start to finish.

‘Final Day’ is certainly not the end, it’s just a beginning. Satan’s Fall are a thundering band with musicians that follow their metal heart more than trends and hypes. This brings music to surface that’s authentic and real, music for beer-soaked club shows.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Forever Blind
  2. Madness (Finds a Way)
  3. They Come Alive
  4. Retribution
  5. Juggernaut
  6. There Will be Blood
  7. The Flamekeeper
  8. Final Day

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: December 11th, 2020

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