Satan: Cruel Magic-2018.

Satan are an English heavy metal band originating from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in 1979, known as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.[1] The band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash/speed metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s.[2]

Their line-up has undergone a number of personnel changes and even name changes; for a time the band was called Blind Fury, putting out one album, 1985’s Out of Reach, under that moniker before reverting to Satan. In 1988, the group changed its name to Pariah, releasing two albums under that name before folding in the early 1990s.[1] In 1998, Pariah released another album. The band’s shifting line-up has included members of many other heavy metal bands such as BlitzkriegAtomkraftAvengerPersian RiskCronos and Battleaxe. In 1990, Steve Ramsey (guitar) and Graeme English (bass) together with singer Martin Walkyier of UK thrash metal band Sabbat founded folk metal band Skyclad.

Satan performed a one-off gig at Germany’s Wacken Open Air in 2004[3] and finally reunited in 2011. Since their reunion, the band has performed at several European festivals and released a new album, Life Sentence, in April, 2013 via Listenable Records.[4] In 2014 the band increased their global reach by touring in North and South America.

On 2 October 2015, the band released their fourth studio album, Atom by Atom, while two days earlier the entire album was made available for streaming via Invisible Oranges.[5]

In 2018, the band signed a new multi-album recording contract with Metal Blade Records.[6] Their fifth studio album and first under Metal Blade Records, Cruel Magic was released on 7 September 2018.[7] The first single from Cruel Magic, “The Doomsday Clock”, was released on 6 July.

Discography:

The First DemoDemo1981
Into the FireDemo1982 
Kiss of DeathSingle1982
Court in the ActFull-length1983
Dirt Demo ’86Demo1986
Into the FutureEP1986
Suspended SentenceFull-length1987
Live in the ActLive album2004 
Into the Fire / Kiss of DeathCompilation2011 
The Early DemosCompilation2011 
Life SentenceFull-length2013
Trail of Fire: Live in North AmericaLive album2014 
Atom by AtomFull-length2015
The Doomsday Clock – CatacombsSingle2018 
Cruel MagicFull-length2018
Twelve Infernal LordsSingle2020
Early RitualsCompilation2020 
Steve Ramsey
Guitars (1979-1984, 1985-1988, 2004, 2011-present)
See also: Skyclad, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Pariah
Russ Tippins
Guitars (1979-1984, 1985-1988, 2004, 2011-present)
See also: Tanith, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Pariah, The Russ Tippins Electric Band, ex-Tysondog
Graeme English
Bass (1980-1984, 1985-1988, 2004, 2011-present)
See also: Skyclad, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Pariah
Sean Taylor
Drums (1983-1984, 1985-1988, 2011-present)
See also: Warrior, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Blitzkrieg, ex-Raven, ex-Pariah
Brian Ross
Vocals (1983-1984, 2004, 2011-present)
See also: Blitzkrieg, ex-Lone Wolf, ex-Split Image, ex-Avenger, ex-Anvil, ex-Kashmir

Past Members:

Steven BeeBass (1979-1980)
Andy ReedDrums (1979-1981)
Andrew FreppVocals (1979)
Steve AllsopVocals (1979-1981)
Ian McCormackDrums (1981-1983)
See also: ex-Pariah, ex-Battleaxe, ex-Cronos
Trevor RobinsonVocals (1981-1982)
Ian “Swifty” SwiftVocals (1982-1983)
See also: Avenger, ex-Atomkraft, ex-Cardinal Synne, ex-Tysondog
Lou TaylorVocals (1982, 1984)
See also: ex-Saracen, ex-Blind Fury, Heaven or Hell? (Ronnie James Dio tribute), ex-Persian Risk, ex-Tour De Force
Michael JacksonVocals (1985-1988)
See also: ex-Rough Edge, ex-Pariah
Songs
1.Into the Mouth of Eternity05:37  Show lyrics
2.Cruel Magic05:07  Show lyrics
3.The Doomsday Clock03:47  Show lyrics
4.Legions Hellbound05:00  Show lyrics
5.Ophidian04:27  Show lyrics
6.My Prophetic Soul04:36  Show lyrics
7.Death Knell for a King03:53  Show lyrics
8.Who Among Us06:01  Show lyrics
9.Ghosts of Monongah05:14  Show lyrics
10.Mortality06:00  Show lyrics
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One response to “Satan: Cruel Magic-2018.”

  1. Marcohateshipsters, September 9th, 2018

    Satan – a band that proves some legends never die. They formed almost forty years ago in 1979 and were very much an important part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) that we all so love and cherish. They released several albums in the 80s under the names Satan, Pariah, and Blind Fury. Satan’s debut album, A Court in the Act, has withstood the test of time and remains one of the finest achievements of the NWOBHM. Its speed-metal tinged riffs are truly unforgettable, and with a mighty vocalist and rhythm section to boot! Satan went radio silent in the late 80s before they came out of nowhere and hit us with 2013’s Life Sentence.

    Comeback albums are dangerous. Most of the time, the band has been outside the scene for decades and has lost touch with metal and what originally made their music so good. Quite frankly, most comeback albums are unlistenable and hollow. Given the length of time from Satan’s previous activity and Life Sentence, this could easily have been the case. They proved us wrong. Life Sentence is undoubtedly one of the best comeback albums of all time in metal – it was like the band never skipped a beat. Their last release, 2015’s Atom by Atom, continued the trend of killer albums. Expectations for their newest album, Cruel Magic, is as high as it could possibly be.

    It’s clear from the very first track, “Into the Mouth of Eternity”, that Satan’s still got it and we’re in for yet another classic. It builds up slowly before erupting into a metal storm of riffs and melodies that we’ve come to expect from guitarists Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsay. Vocalist Brian Ross doesn’t sound like he’s aged a single day since 1983’s A Court in the Act as he delivers line after line. It quickly becomes apparent that the opening number is not a fluke as the vocal melodies and riffs on the entirety of Cruel Magic are just as catchy. The production found on this album is more classic sounding and roomy than the last two efforts. It’s mixed well and it almost sounds like it was produced in the 80s. This may be off-putting if you were expecting something more modern sounding, but for me this is exactly what the doctor ordered.

    Perhaps the highlight of the album is Sean Taylor’s drumming. I’m not typically one to pay attention to the drums unless there’s some blastbeats or fancy fill going on, but in this case they’re so spectacular that I can’t help but be drawn to them. The drum tone in particular is incredibly full and organic, a marked improvement over the snare-heavy tone of Atom by Atom. This type of drum sound should be what every traditional metal band strives for! Taylor’s excellent drumming is accompanied perfectly by Graeme English’s pounding bass guitar as together they form a thunderous duo of rhythm and bass.

    While Satan’s latest offering is overall an incredibly enjoyable experience, it isn’t without its flaws. The entire album runs for about fifty minutes, which is about five to ten minutes too long for an album of this style. There are a couple of tracks that don’t quite hit the same mark as the rest of the album that could have potentially been dropped. The title track has a bit too much of a rockin’ feel to it that stands out in a negative way and “Ophidian” never quite gets off the ground for me. In general, Cruel Magic lacks a bit of intensity that we got on Satan’s other albums – it has more of a relaxed angle to it. Brian doesn’t really let his vocals soar like he used to and there aren’t any exceptionally aggressive moments on the album. With all that said, these things are minor in the grand scheme of things. Cruel Magic is a thoroughly enjoyable listen and undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year.

    One thing is very certain: Satan seem to be incapable of writing a bad album. The band’s sheer consistency and quality almost forty years after their initial formation is virtually unheard of. It’s almost like Brian and the gang haven’t aged at all and they’re still riding the high from the 1980s. Perhaps they’ve found a way to harness some form of temporal magic, or maybe they have a DeLorean that works as intended? Whatever the case is, I’m thankful that they’re still around to carry the torch after all these years. Cruel Magic is yet another notch in this legendary band’s belt, a testament to their innate ability to write kick ass metal.

    Album Rating: 92/100

    Favorite Track: My Prophetic Soul

    Originally written for RideIntoGlory.com

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