SKJULT – PROGENIES OV LIGHT – SATANATH
That the solo act is based in Cuba may explain how the band professes to the music of Satan, black metal, yet has an album called Progenies Ov Light. The slower track before last is called Dawn of An Era Ov Light. The lyrics, which are included, betray no weakness to a fabled Jesus or whatever/whomever. So, how is the music? It is triumphantly fabulous. The music is not perfect because it suffers a drum machine and the man, in his haste to blast, maim and kill, foregoes any guitar solos, but everything else is as fine as can be.
The album begins with a patented Dissection riff and the song Into The Void. The sheer face ripping velocity, barbarism and ferocity does not let up until the mid-paced Dawn of An Era… which is a testament to the man named Conspirator. The music is influenced by Dissection, Watain and old Mayhem. The vocals curdle one’s blood and yield to no one. The quality of these speedy riffs put most bands to shame easily. It is just that few can withstand the power of the band’s assault. This is stuff for the purists.
Skjult betrays no ethnic, Cuban or Caribbean stupidity nor takes a backseat to bands from more established countries in terms of music or production. As such, Satanath has a winner on its hand. As for the paradoxical monicker: well, no one is complaining about Marduk so never mind. – Ali “The Metallian”