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Review: Death SS - Black Mass
Death SS
Black Mass

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2017
Originally released in: 1989
Duration: 45:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 28, 2017
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
Readers Rating
Black Mass


Black Mass is album number two for cult Italians, Death SS, and the second of the Shadow Kingdom Records reissues. Compared to the quirkier debut, Black Mass is a somewhat more streamlined effort, though Steve Sylvester's unique vocals still push the sound to the left-of-center.

The album can mostly be labeled traditional heavy metal, though there are obvious influences from proto-black metal, punk and 70s prog rock. Highlight "Cursed Mama" even flirts with speed metal. While it may sound like Black Mass is stylistically directionless, Death SS do a fine job of merging all of these elements into a cohesive whole. Fans of the more obscure sides of heavy metal will find plenty to enjoy here.

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