It’s quite difficult to pin a specific genre onto Satan’s Wrath. With elements of black, death and thrash metal all apparent within their music, this works to their advantage and gives them a fantastically distinct and unique sound.
Using all sorts of satanic imagery and wordplay, Aeons Of Satan’s Reign is eight tracks of utter awesomeness and it opens with an eerie choral section before the whole band kicks in for an aural assault on your eardrums. The guitars on this track are fantastic and the vocals add so much atmosphere – everything fits together perfectly.
Third track Archfiend is a work of art. Beginning with an organ line, when the guitars get going they hit you like a tonne of bricks and that’s before the drums and vocals come into play. It all builds up fantastically and is chock-full of riffs and mind blowing solos – put simply, it’s five minutes of perfection and if you’re going to check out a song from this album, make sure it’s this one!
Another fantastic cut is Live Of The Necromancers, which is possibly the most melodic of the album, but it still retains the fantastic noisiness that the other tracks had. The lead guitar doesn’t sound as ‘dark’ as the rest of the instrumentation and it stands out in a good way, showing a different side to the band whilst still in-keeping with the style of the rest of the album.
Without wanting to draw comparisons, Aeons Of Satan’s Reign is like the album I was expecting to hear when I first discovered Ghost. It has a perfect amount of noise and aggression, but also just the right amount of melody. Some of the songs are a little similar to one another, but it’s an all-round fantastic release. If you like your music dark and satanic, make sure you check this band out!