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Review: Satanic Slaughter - The Early Years: Dawn Of Darkness
Satanic Slaughter
The Early Years: Dawn Of Darkness

Label: Necropolis Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 67:19
Tracks: 25
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: October 14, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
The Early Years: Dawn Of Darkness

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Let me start by saying I am not a huge fan of ultra black metal. That being said maybe I am not the best one to do this review but screw it, it is only an opinion after all…:)

Satanic Slaughter is more known for the fact for who they became rather than who they were. The band morphed into what is now present day Witchery. So you may wonder if you are a fan of Witchery will you like this album as well? I would say that depends on your musical tastes rather than anything else. I can definitely say with certainty that this is NOT Witchery. You can hear glimpses of what Witchery would become but for the most part it is pretty brutal black/death metal more than anything else. I am not saying that the album is strictly filled with blast beats but quite a bit of it is. The songs really seem to blend together after awhile making it hard to tell some of tracks apart from each other. It is not all bad however since the moments where you can hear the soon to be influenced sound from Patrik Jensen are pretty good but there doesn't seem to be enough of them. This album has every single track Satanic Slaughter recorded on the one disc which also means there are a few songs that are on here two or three times since some of the songs were recorded for more than just that release such as "Forever I Burn" and "Dark Ritual".

I would say if you are a big Witchery fan and have to won everything they have ever done this might be for you. For the rest of you, unless you feel in the mood for a history lesson I think you may be able to live without this.

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