Thoughts on ‘God is dead?’ Black Sabbath single

My Sabbath experience is fairly limited if truth be told but I’ve heard the new single and thought I’d let you know what I thought.  In short, it’s awesome. This is Ozzy and co reminding the world that they created heavy metal.  The song perfectly captures the band’s early sound, in much the same way ‘the devil you know’ did for the Dio years. The riffs start massive and slow before becoming more groovy half way through. The solo is bluesy as hell. Ozzy sounds better than ever. It’s just a shame Bill Ward wasn’t there to complete the picture, but I’m not complaining Sabbath are back and I for one hope they’re here to stay

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Now, Diabolical Satyricon

Now, Diabolical is the sixth studio release from Norwegian Black Metal (BM) trio Satyricon.  BM is often viewed as an inaccessible genre, a ferocious peak which only veteran headbangers can ascend.  In many cases this is true enough, not everyone has the stamina to withstand a relentless onslaught of blastbeats.  If you think that’s all there is to this genre then You’re selling it short.

Now, Diabolical is a great example of out of the box thinking when it comes to BM. The tittle track opener starts with a driving chug riff which gives the song the feel of a marching song. Around half way there’s a plodding/droning riff which would feel at home on an early Black Sabbath or Cathedral record. In many ways this album would serve as a good introduction to the genre because it doesn’t have the fire that a release from Watain or Dimmu Borgir might have. In fact minus the lyrical content/vocal style it could pass as a hard rock CD. K.I.N.G is a radio friendly cut with a catchy chorus, probably my least favourite track because there’s nothing I can sink my teeth into. The Pentagram Burns adds a bit more texture with subtle use of keys. A New Enemy is more aggressive and has a groove to it that makes me want to headbang.  In contrast, the intro to The Rite of Our Cross is dark and brooding with its clever use of strings Methodical pacing gives the song an otherworldly feeling. That Darkness Shall Be Eternal finds vocalist Satyr at his fire breathing best, searing his words on your eardrums back up by a tidal wave of molten riff-lava. Awesome. A welcome respite comes in the form of Delirium a  slow track that smoulders  more than it burns.  Closer To the Mountains borrows from all the songs that went before it and rounds the album off in style with a looped riff before leaving the listener reeling from its sudden finish.

As I said at the top, this is a perfect album from BM newcomers. It has all the elements you’d expect from a release in that genre, without pounding you to death from the first bar to the last

8/10 \m/

I will return

 

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Ahoy There! Metalheads and Nerds your saviour has arrived

I will be your captain/commander/band-leader/authority figure for this literary journey into the unbeknown. Remember the words here inscribed herein will be opinion alone, nothing more, nothing less. The primary function of this tome Is to instruct you, my brothers and sisters, as to the proper way to lead an alternative life.The initial chapters will concern your auditory diet, however, I may be called upon to guide in other ways in the future. Only time will tell…

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