Satan
Court in the Act


4.5
superb

Review

by Bloon CONTRIBUTOR (85 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2017 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metal personified...

The genre of heavy metal is one that has gone through a plentiful amount of evolutions and transformations. Because of this, the overarching genre of metal [which was already a rock sub-genre] has branched out into a surplus of different variations. While this increase in subcategories has made understanding the sounds of certain bands easier to pick up on, it has inadvertently created many divides in the “community,” for lack of a better word. For example, it’s hard believe that something like Burzum or Akhlys have the same roots as something like Ratt or Twisted Sister. However, there's one thing most metal has that draws it all together: The Attitude. A vast majority of these sub-genres, no matter what emotion is being portrayed, has some form of harsh and passionate demeanor, whether the band is tackling glorious battle, terrifying cults, or world crushing sadness.

This rooted attitude is one that is the main lifeblood for many records, showcasing the vibrant rebellion and horror that metal was built upon with bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. These albums not only embrace their roots, they revel in them and display them to the world. One of the finest examples of this blatant, yet classic, metal vigor is Court in the Act, by NWOBHM band Satan.

Everything metal stood for in ‘83 is shown in surplus here, with the genres bountiful clichés being shown off with face-melting glory. Yet, despite some of these elements being used quite regularly throughout this time period, the performances here are extremely invigorating and exciting. The material itself comes through with enough clever and catchy songwriting that takes some of these repeated genre staples and bends them to their absolute limit, creating a sound that is familiar, but still at the top of its game. Everything from the lightning fast and slick as Hell guitar work to the attention grabbing and dense bass truly makes this piece of killer metal a true apex predator, especially when backed by thunderous and bone-breaking drums with the perfect blend between crunchy violence and technical skill. The music here paints the backdrop of an evil region where the different forces of power are at a constant power-struggle that is both shocking and enthralling. The vocals here further create this climactic world around the listener, with a range that can reach heights made famous by singers such as King Diamond and Rob Halford.

What more is there really to say" Satan not only made a simplistic masterwork in the NWOBHM genre, they perfected almost every single element found in this style of music. On top of that, the band also embodied everything metal stood and still stands for today, which is a pure, unadulterated “we don’t take prisoners” attitude and enough self-awareness to not become too absurd for its own good. The cult-classic both reminds us of a gone time but also has aged like a fine wine, but this wine was crafted with the blood of your enemies.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBBVzujDxzQ

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


23940 Comments


TRUE APEX PREDATOR HOURS WHO UP

nice review tho, came together well (:

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man

bbgames
August 3rd 2017


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stan

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


818 Comments


hail

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hail stan the good boi

50iL
August 3rd 2017


4883 Comments


Excellent as always bro, hard pos m/

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2017


1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/ always and forever

bloc
August 3rd 2017


52995 Comments


Nice to see this get a review. Album is very deserving of that 4.5

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AsleepInTheBack
August 4th 2017


5871 Comments


"which was already a rock sub-genre" might be better in brackets rather than with commas
"One thing most metal has that draws it all together, the attitude."
Might read better as: "However, there's one thing most metal has that draws it all together: The Attitude." (Caps or no caps on 'the attitude') OR "One thing most metal has that draws it all together, however, is the attitude."
Just me being picky though, lovely stuff. Intrigued.

tempest--
August 4th 2017


20626 Comments


killin it with these classic metal revs lately mate.
this album is awesome, haven't heard their second and the 2 newer ones I couldn't dig too much.

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2017


1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@tempest The second one isn't too worth it, nor is the ep, but i quite enjoy their comeback era.

@asleep Thanks man. I'll fix that when I get a chance.

bloc
August 9th 2017


52995 Comments


Holy fuckin shit their new stuff rips as hard as this

Itsonlyme
August 22nd 2017


97 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very nice, very NWOBHM album indeed, it reached cult-status especially in Dynamo Eindhoven (Netherlands).

Spaten
November 27th 2017


229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good album, could use some more recognition.

bloc
November 28th 2017


52995 Comments


Amen to that shit

Spaten
November 29th 2017


229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BREAK FREE

Spaten
December 30th 2017


229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen to this!

necropig
April 3rd 2018


4871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great band

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Casavir
July 13th 2018


2183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Suspended Sentence/Into the Future comp is almost as essential as this, to be honest. Top five of the NWOBHM.

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