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Satan: Atom By Atom

Album Review

Speed metal originals still thinking big

The success of Satan’s thrilling 2013 comeback opus, Life Sentence – this lineup’s first recording since their hallowed cult debut Court In The Act in 1983 – took many people by surprise, and none more so than the band themselves.

It’s true that there was always something special about these Geordie speed metal trailblazers; right from their first demo tape circa 1981, Satan were toughening and accelerating the NWOBHM blueprint with belligerent conviction. However, the band fizzled out in the late 80s after several years of indecision and instability (with guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English going on to form another of British metal’s most underrated all-time greats, folk metal pioneers Skyclad), so only since their long-hoped-for reunion in 2011 are Satan belatedly attaining the peak of their powers.

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