Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sathanas - Necrohymns

This one is an absolute motherfucker of a release. It's hard to believe that Sathanas have been churning out thrashy black metal since all the way back in 1988 and now are continuing their legacy on an Indian label, Transcending Obscurity - my how times change. I kind of love it though, there is a certain surreal majesty to what goes on with a given Sathanas release and Necrohymns is no different. The vastness of the sound is monolithic and borderline terrifying, I gotta say I'm a little bit in love with it.

There is a sort of no holds barred assault that makes Sathanas so exciting. Yet within that they also broadcast a lot of their own unique ideas. There is an undeniable swagger too, a swagger that comes from a band who have been grinding it out for thirty years and over the course of four decades. Necrohymns is the culmination if decades of devastation, the sort of ethereal and gut crunching poetry that serves to make this music so valid. While at times it can be a bit punishing, for me that's a big part of why I'm so deeply in love with it. the imagery is exactly the kind of bleak we need to get through this shit world.

The chainsaw assault and jaded sneer of Necrohymns speaks to a scene that has been strugglign to survive since its inception. This is the sound of a band who reflect the bitterness this music has always had but paint it within a sort of deeper and darker reality. Tracks like Of Wrath And Hellfire have a twisted stomp that seems to fall somewhere between Mayhem and mid-tempo Slayer. They tap into a lot of straightforward and fascinating ideas encouraging the listener to delve deeper and struggle to understand the madness within.

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