The wickedly named Satan’s Satyrs have made quite a name for themselves in the last year. Their live shows are absolutely killer, opening for doom giants Electric Wizard and Pentagram. The power trio’s sophomore album, Die Screaming is my favorite record of 2014. The masterpiece LP went back to the sound of roots of heavy metal with riffs to die for. It was basically surf rock in hell. Now on Mischief Night of this year, they will release their follow-up, Don’t Deilver Us. But how do you follow up such a an amazing album?
The record cover has a stark yellow background featuring a broken gate. The band’s newly designed logo is their best one yet, with both a groovy and Luciferian look. Sonically, it sounds as if Witchfinder General and ’70s Pentagram made a super group. Those influences were apparent before, but now they have truly surfaced. They aren’t copycats by any means, though bassist/vocalist Clayton Burgess sounds eerily like Zeeb Parkes of Witchfinder General and their riffage has that ’70s heavier-than-though vibe to it, like Pentagram.
The opening track “Full Moon and Empty Veins,” is not my favorite, but it gets me in the mood. It has a steady groove to ease you in. “Two Hands” follows and is a sudden punch to the gut. It features some frantic vocal melodies from Mr. Burgess and is a fun song to nod to. “(Won’t You Be My) Gravedancer” is my favorite track from this release. It sounds like a song that arrived too late at the bus station for their last album. You could probably slip it in the middle of Die Screaming and no one would notice. It has a creeping-through-the-graveyard feel and reminds me of the old Ed Wood horror/nudie film “Orgy of the Dead”. Great stuff.
“Spooky Nuisance” is an instrumental that features some tasty bluesy jazz-esque jams. It’s nice to listen to the band in a more relaxed tone. “Germanium Bomb” is next and is poised to be a fan-favorite. It has a really energetic chorus with some interesting lyrical themes. Clayton’s frenzied vocal style shines in this one. The next number, “Creepy Teens”, debuted earlier this year when the band opened for Electric Wizard. It’s ok. Nothing crazy, but riffs are ample.
“Crimes and Blood” is a short number that utilizes the vibraslap. Like the previous track, not the most interesting but pleasant enough to the ears. “You-Know-Who” is another fun song, containing sneery vocal melodies and riffs with weight. The LP ends with “‘Round the Bend,” the longest track clocking in at almost nine minutes. It starts out with a truly doom and gloom intro, seguing into a moody bluesy jam. The band was definitely having a ball with this one.
Satan’s Satyrs have matured in their sound. Their first record had a lo-fi punk vibe, the second album was hellish Satanic worship, but this one is more nuanced than their first two efforts. There’s definitely more diversity in their songwriting, though it’s not as malevolent as their last album. Die Screaming will remain their magnum opus, but Don’t Deliver Us delivers the goods on a bloody silver platter.
1. Full Moon and Empty Veins
2. Two Hands
3. (Won’t You Be My) Gravedancer
4. Spooky Nuisance
5. Germanium Bomb
6. Creepy Teens
7. Crimes and Blood
9. ‘Round the Bend
Satan’s Satyrs are:
Clayton Burgess – Bass/Vocals
Jarett Nettnin – Guitar
Stephen Fairfield – Drums