SATANIC SLAUGHTER - LAND OF THE UNHOLY SOULS - NECROPLIS
Who could have imagined pioneers like Satanic Slaughter using keyboards? Lower your knives, for it is only for a moment. Formed over ten years ago, the Swedish forbearer is more a project of vocalist Dark than an actual band with a stable line-up. This CD features some older material next to the fresher stuff; yet by no means does the band sound out of place or tired amidst its competition. Their raw music assembles a dash of Kreator with another of Impaled Nazarene (to be descriptive) which the band sometimes tops with that rare Slayer lead. Imagine Motörhead blazing on high speed deviltry and prepare to be slaughtered. - Ali "The Metallian"
SATANIC SLAUGHTER - THE EARLY YEARS: DAWN OF DARKNESS - NECROPOLIS
Necropolis calls this the precursor to Witchery and simultaneous (although initially scheduled otherwise) to the new Witchery album has released this compilation featuring both SS albums on one CD. This reminds me of the situation with the War compilation of a couple of months ago: a rather pointless exercise. For one thing there is hardly any demand for SS out there. For another the band's CDs were already available even if bands featuring Witchery members meant much. In my experience these releases are usually the product of a contract fulfillment clause. Satanic Slaughter played a cross between early Sodom, Bathory and some niche thrash metal. Both albums are fully reproduced here. - Ali "The Metallian"