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Classic Review: Satan - Kiss of Death
Kiss of Death

Label: Guardian Records
Year released: 1982
Duration: 8:21
Tracks: 2
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: February 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Kiss of Death

Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

Maybe I shouldn't be talking about this one. I wasn't born early enough to be able to appreciate the raw, unadulterated beginnings of Heavy Metal. I was never around when stuff like this was being released. I was a mere afterthought, perhaps a future plan, and it's a damned shame, because this is the music I was born for. Satan (UK) are not unknown in the underground metal scene, with their debut album Court in the Act being a renowned metal classic in any circle that knows their shit. There's a good reason for that, as Satan played a ferociously energetic and youthful form of Heavy Metal with gnashing teeth and bulging muscles - still retaining much of the genre's punk and hard rock rooting in the guitar acrobatics and the vocals, and who doesn't love that? Pussies.

This Kiss of Death single is a testament to underground Heavy Metal, with all the nuances and quirks that the genre was slowly becoming famous for. Comparisons can be made to Iron Maiden's humble beginnings, with the rawer edge in the guitars being present and very vital to the sound, and the vocals being a harsh punk-influenced yammer - this wasn't any normal rock n' roll, oh no. Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins steal the show here, pumping out a bushel of killer leads and riffs and always staying energetic and at the forefront of the music. The drumming by Andy Reed is also a strong point, keeping up the backbone of the songs with a delightfully bouncy and catchy set of beats, and the bass is even audible, as was the case with a lot of early Heavy Metal, and it's also done very well, gnawing at the back of your mind like a termite as the guitars tear you apart.

As for the actual songs, "Heads Will Roll" is the slightly better cut; a mini-epic with some flashy guitar work and a moody, slower part towards the middle, as well as a better vocal performance. The title track is also great in its own right, a longer, more hard-hitting song with a very catchy melody to it, and goddammit, this is just way too short. If this were longer, it would have earned full marks all the way through, but at least it does serve as a nice little prelude to Court in the Act for all you classic Metal junkies.

And that doesn't even describe this sound as well as I would have liked! This is just classic Metal to the core, and it earns a huge "fuck yeah!" from this reviewer. Go find it, because it is well worth your time. They don't make 'em like this anymore, that's for sure.

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