Ketzer
Satan's Boundaries Unchained


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 10th, 2012 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I mean just look at the album art and let that be your summary.

Thrash is often a genre that plays out as being hit or miss amongst the metal community. The repetitive formulas create a wall, preventing the listener from "thrashing" as hard as possible. This is due to the lack of creativity and strong fitting compositions. While these setbacks come with the territory, there are still artist doing their best to keep the Black Thrash genre alive. Utilizing the best proven formulas and adding a darkened theme to both the lyrics and actual music, Ketzer create a worthwhile listen showcasing the best the genre has to offer. Unfortunately, as noted above, the genre is still stagnate, and Ketzer have done nothing more than written a solid record. There is nothing new here.

Ketzer's style is one that is very aggressive and manifest’s a bold nature. They were playing once live at a venue and this stupid fan jumped on the stage and did what was a pretty cool sounding scream. The bassist just flat out pushed the guy off the stage with a force that can only be manifested by the German's. I already had love for Ketzer hearing how great their music is, but that display of force made me fall "in" love with them.

This 5 piece outfit is made up of what looks like to be some badass teenagers who just loves creating some f''cking badass music. The lead guitarist has a really hot right hand technique that blazes tremolos with perfection and can easily transfer into a ripping solo that doubles in tremolo speed instantaneously; such as the one found in "To Each Saint his Candle". The rhythm guitarist doesn't nothing more than hold riff rhythms while the lead advances, and occasionally handling an interlude to a tempo change.

The drums are very solid and are capable of anything the thrash/death genre has to offer but doesn’t give that needed push to make this a more enjoyable album. When you solid guitars and riffs, the drums have to be that factor that takes everything to the next level. Trust they are good but are lacking. For an example of drum potential from this album, check out "Inverted Cross"; which also happens to be my favorite track just behind "Crushing the Holy". The bass is audible but is not a highly of this album.

I have a particular fixation on the vocal approach used here. First off, the lyrics fit the feel of the riffs well. "Satan's Boundaries Unchained" comes off as concept album or a chronological story. It begins with Satan being unleashed from the fiery depths off hell and running pillage on the holy ones and those in opposition to him. In relation to the subject, I am neutral but the theme arouses interest into the contemplations, whether possible or fiction. The vocal style is in strong relation to Chuck Schuldiner’s high pitched, decipherable output. Vocalist "Infernal Destroyer" gives his best performance on "Crushing the Holy".

"Satan's Boundaries Unchained" should be noted as one of the best thrash releases of 2009, as well as giving Ketzer the steps needed to possibly create something far better. Stay tuned for their next release to come out mid-late this year.



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ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


good black/thrash

worth hearing if you like that

pos

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


sorry bout your loss

RIP

ill play Silent Hymn For The Dead for him

Funeralopolis
February 10th 2012


12501 Comments


Keep it up CaptainDooRight and you'll earn yourself the title of kvlt authority.

Digging: Blur - Parklife

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


LOL..dude gets on the mic and screams

Hawks
February 10th 2012


36702 Comments


This sounds really awesome.

Digging: Coalesce - 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


this is pretty damn good man, yeah, solid and then some

riffs are strong. i like the vocals too.

Hawks
February 10th 2012


36702 Comments


Nah other than Destroyer 666, Hellacaust, and Megiddo I haven't found any good black thrash.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


O_o

did you even listen to Hades Archer yet? or Nifelheim? or the other recs i gave?

Hawks
February 10th 2012


36702 Comments


What I've heard of Nifelheim wasn't that great. I haven't listened to Hades Archer.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjyafo1PwI

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


Sarcofago - INRI

and if you don't mind demo quality material:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAONA2jrofo

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


that adds to the kvlt factor, amirite?

album fucking slays dude

Hawks
February 10th 2012


36702 Comments


Yeah I didn't even think of Sarcofago. They rule too.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2012


19557 Comments


good shit

Digging: Philip Glass - Music in Twelve Parts

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


self titled attomica is some of the earliest vocals of what we know as modern black metal vocals, and some of the earliest blast beats. fast as hell thrash metal with a pure black metal vocalist with a demo quality recording. it doesn't get any more legendary than that.

Disturbing the Noise has a different vocalist, much better production and is breakneck death/thrash. highly recommended.

why this band is so obscure i have no idea. those two albums kick major ass, don't even waste time with the others.

Beachcoma
February 10th 2012


526 Comments


great review pos'd

seedofnothing
February 10th 2012


3425 Comments


This album is really good! Plus your review was solid too. I'm sorry about your loss, keep bringing out good unknown album to this sites attention.

Again good job. POS

Tyrannic
February 10th 2012


3262 Comments


may your friend RIP, and good review. i've been going back and forth between 90's hip hop and thrash recently lmao so this'll do nicely

Tyrannic
February 10th 2012


3262 Comments


see man you'd think so, but i've had weirder digs.

like the week btbam had the parallax i was digging that, cunninlynguists, godspeed, and zomby.

but thanks i'll let you know when i spin it

south_of_heaven 11
February 10th 2012


5445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you really can't beat D666 but this really caught me off guard the first time I heard it. They posted a new track about a week or so back that was pretty killer too.



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