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Satan

One of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal's most convoluted family trees belongs to the band known predominantly asSatan. Besides regularly undergoing name changes (Blind Fury and Pariah were only two of the aliases employed each timethe group decided their original name was compromising their chances of success), the band's history regularly intersectedthat of any number of competing groups out of the Northeast, most notably Blitzkrieg and Skyclad.

The seeds of the band that would become Satan were planted in Newcastle, England, toward the end of 1980, when asemifirm lineup co ...read more

One of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal's most convoluted family trees belongs to the band known predominantly asSatan. Besides regularly undergoing name changes (Blind Fury and Pariah were only two of the aliases employed each timethe group decided their original name was compromising their chances of success), the band's history regularly intersectedthat of any number of competing groups out of the Northeast, most notably Blitzkrieg and Skyclad.

The seeds of the band that would become Satan were planted in Newcastle, England, toward the end of 1980, when asemifirm lineup consisting of vocalist Trevor Robinson, guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, bassist Graeme English, anddrummer Andy Reed finally coalesced. The band's first single, the imminently collectable "Kiss of Death," was released byindependent label Guardian Records in the first months of 1982, and after welcoming new drummer Sean Taylor and replacingsinger Robinson, first with one Ian Swift, then with the more experienced Brian Ross (ex-Blitzkrieg), sessions began for a full-length album. The very heavy, almost thrash-like Court in the Act opus finally emerged in January 1984 through Neat Records(who else?) and was given mostly enthusiastic reviews. An equally successful bout of touring across the Channel in Europefollowed, but the group was handed a major setback when the ever restless Ross decided to quit shortly after their return inorder to resurrect Blitzkrieg.

Lou Taylor, former frontman with Kevin Heybourne's post-Angel Witch project, Blind Fury, was soon tapped as replacement,but his domineering ways soon led to the questionable adoption of the Blind Fury handle, causing no small amount ofconfusion among the fans and effectively disassociating what used to be Satan with any benefits arising from their recentlyreleased album -- smart one boys! Taylor also convinced the band that they would be better served by toning down theirintensity somewhat for 1985's more hard rock-oriented Out of Reach, which was released by the fledgling Roadrunner label.Not surprisingly, the album's poor performance in the marketplace inevitably raised serious doubts about all of these stylisticchanges and name-swapping shenanigans, resulting in the abrupt and convenient dismissal of both Taylor and Out of Reachas one and the same big mistake, followed by yet another about-face to resurrect the Satan name.

Enlisting with German record company Steamhammer, Satan hired new singer Michael Jackson (not "Jacko," of course) andsaw a return to heavier fare, first on 1986's Into the Future EP, then with 1987's semireturn to form, Suspended Sentence.Oddly enough, both of these releases fared far better in continental Europe (where they toured with Running Wild later thatyear) than back home in the U.K., revealing a territorial shift in heavy metal appreciation that also affected the careers ofEnglish contemporaries like Savage and Jaguar. Still, it was by now clear that Satan's window of opportunity was mostdefinitely closing, and as if to prove themselves further unworthy of true stardom, the band once again decided to drop theirmoniker in exchange for the purportedly less confining Pariah -- whatever! The Satan saga ends here, but in later years,Pariah would go on to record two albums before certain members departed to join the ranks of avant-folk-thrashers Skyclad. « hide

Similar Bands: Blind Fury, Pariah (GBR), Angel Witch, Blitzkrieg, Diamond Head

LPs
Life Sentence
05/21/2013

3.9
57 Votes
Suspended Sentence
1987

4
10 Votes
Court in the Act
1983

4
47 Votes
EPs
Into the Future
1987

4.7
3 Votes
Live Albums
Live in the Act
2004

Compilations
The Early Demos
2011

Into The Future/Suspended Sentence
1987

4
1 Votes

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