*Please note this post first appeared on the blog 666 Days Of Metal and has been republished with permission by CT.com.
Raise your hand if you remember the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980′s. O.k., for those not in the know, please pause here and go Google that. What you are basically going to find out is that in the midst of Reagan’s good-timing, fun-loving 80′s there was an entire segment of the population that was pretty convinced that we, as a society, were infested with Satanic cults. True story. The most famous singular case was in California and revolved around child abuse accusations at a day care. However a major part of the panic in general had to do with the rise of Heavy Metal music. So as a young child when I stumbled upon one of the many anti-metal “specials” that shows like the 700 Club would constantly air I was intrigued…no, I was actually blown right the hell away. Thanks to religious zealots trying to save my soul they actually instead turned me on to bands like Slayer, Venom, Metallica, Judas Priest and of course Black Sabbath. My life and my musical tastes have never been the same since.
So where the hell am I going with this story you ask? No band, in a long time, has taken me back to this particular time and that moment quite like Satan’s Wrath. Here’s a quote from their press release: “Satan’s Wrath deal in a style of heavy metal music which hearkens to the times when the death, black and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!” I absolutely could not have said it any better myself. Think Possessed, early Bathory, Venom, Blasphemy, Sodom and Kreator all rolled up into one brutal package. Galloping Blasphemy is their debut album, released through Metal Blade Records and if this album is any indication then they have a very bright (or dark?) future ahead of them.
You hear the terms “throwback” and “retro” used a lot these days but I don’t know if I’ve come across a band in recent memory that fit those terms so perfectly. This band is NOT some crappy new wave thrash band looking to recreate a certain look or style because it’s the next big thing in the metal scene. These guys are a serious homage to a great era of metal music and if the 700 Club was still interested in inadvertently turning kids from the sticks on to metal they should absolutely start with this album. Hell, the band photos and album artwork alone would make great fodder for them! I highly suggest while you still can that you head over to the Terrorizer Magazine website and listen to the album streamed in its entirety.