Thursday, January 21, 2016

Satanic Warmaster/Archgoat - Lux Satanae (Thirteen Hymns of Finnish Devil Worship)

By definition, a hymn is a song or ode in praise of a deity, a nation, etc. If that is the case, these are definitely hymns to the ruler of darkness. Finland brings us many bands with a dark heart, but there are not many bands anywhere in the world with hearts darker than these two bands. Sometimes I hear of bands that swear allegiance to the Dark Lord, but you wonder just how serious they are. All it takes is one pass through this work of dark arts and you will know that these bands are not playing.

These are some exclusive tracks, with both bands taking older material and reworking and re-recording it just for this release. This is a very limited release available from our friends at Hells Headbangers, and once again they turned out a magnificent product.

Satanic Warmaster are first up on this split, and they contribute four songs to the mayhem. They play a very traditional style of black metal, but gussy it up a bit with some symphonic touches. Their first track in particular, “Black Destiny”, is sheer black perfection. It hits all the right notes, has some great lyrics, and really sets the tone for the rest of this release. They also cover “Satanic Winter” by Finnish band Pest and it is very well done. If you like your black metal with some production and a flair for the dramatic, you will dig these four tracks a lot.

Archgoat is a band that I have written about before, so I won't get too worked up in rehashing my feelings for them. They are foul and begrimed and blasphemous in the extreme, and their black metal is more primitive and more likely to click with the reptilian part of your brain. Their songs are much shorter and to the point, so they actually contribute nine hymns. Tell me friends, how can you go wrong with tracks like “Penis Perversor” and “Angelcunt”?

This release works on a couple of different levels. If you had a friend who didn't know what black metal was, this would be a really good album to have them listen to. They could hear the variety that exists even within a sub-genre, and they could hear some very good practitioners of these styles. If you are serious about your love of Satan, these songs are definitely worthy of inclusion in your next worship service. While you may not understand those who worship in this way, there is no doubting the fervor and sincerity with which these bands do their thing. All we can really ask for is honest music played by those with honest feeling for what they do. Satanic Warmaster and Archgoat deliver in spades.


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