|Review: Satan's Host - Metal From Hell|
|Metal From Hell|
Label: Old Metal Records
Year released: 2004
Originally released in: 1986
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Metal From Hell
This is the debut of the cult underground band Satan's Host, starting out as a side project by Jag Panzer singer Harry Conklin. However that would change throughout the years as this band was divided into two different eras. The first was the Heavy Metal one and the latter part was the Black/Thrash one (as of 2010 reformed with Conklin at vocals). Metal from Hell is obviously from the first era and like most of the metal released during the 80's, this thing has attitude by the spades. In fact if you are a fan of the period, you'll feel right at home when listening to this album.
Metal from Hell starts out with "Black Steele" and right out the gates, you notice the awesome vocals of Harry Conklin. While he made his fame with Jag Panzer, this is where he further refined his current singing style. Satan's Host is a four piece band and the sound reflects that, there is enough room for the other members to shine but I wished that it had more guitar solos and better sound. One of the main problems of the disc is the production – it is very quiet. I know that this was recorded with a shoestring budget but the fact that I had to crank it up to fully appreciate the album was not a good sign.
As much as it pains me to say it, there isn't anything classic about this band. There are some kick ass songs like "King of Terror" and "Into the Veil" but overall it is a good album and nothing more. While there are some similarities to Jag Panzer's debut, Metal from Hell is a different work of its own. As its Satanic and occult themes/lyrics set them apart, musically there is nothing here that is groundbreaking (even for the time that it was released). But if you want a good old school 80's record, this is as good as any, just don't expect a masterpiece.
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