Architecture Of Chaos

Satanic are a death/thrash metal band from Canada formed in 2016 releasing their debut album, 'Architecture Of Chaos' later the same year.    
Hailing from the country that produced iconic heavy metal bands Anvil, Exciter and Annihilator, comes Satanic. Primarily a death metal band, their sound has a massive thrash metal influence. With these two genres butting heads throughout the bands debut album, there is no shortage of aggressive, angry and savage brutality. 'Mephistophelian' gets the album underway with a guitar sound straight out of the mid eighties NWOBHM. Death metal style growled vocals overlay a very heavy rampaging rhythm, a rhythm that pushes 'Mephistophelian' along at pace. Satanic have launched their music career in a barrage of savagery, 'World Of Chaos' a pummelling romp of lightning speed/thrash metal. Elements of the German style of raw thrash metal shine through as 'World Of Chaos' ferociously slam dunks the listener. 'Processing The Undead' drags the pace back to a more mid tempo stomp, but fuck me the heaviness will crush buildings and decimate landscapes. 'Processing The Undead' is what a Fear Factory meets Slayer conjugation would sound like...    
...paving the way for 'Architecture Of Apocalypse' to menacingly stride in. The guitar sound becomes more heavy metal than either thrash or death as 'Architecture Of Apocalypse' builds towards the death/thrash sonic assault that Satanic deliver. The mix of thrash, death and NWOBHM styles is impressive, with appeal here for a wide range of fans. Eight songs span forty minutes, forty furious minutes that will pound away at your senses and leave you gasping for breath. 'Armageddon' picks up pace and is a furious Slayer like speed/thrash romp. The growled vocals accompany the raw and rough edged death metal sound perfectly, with 'Armageddon' a superb opportunity for die hard head bangers to test the flexibility of their neck muscles...    
...phew, what a blast! Satanic are impressing with their debut offering, combining influences from a number of genres to great effect. 'Systematic Fear' charges along at a frenetic pace, all growly and gruff as it struts its stuff. Do Satanic sit in the death or the thrash metal genre is up to individual opinion, but it doesn't really matter when the music is this good. Thrash metal fans will enjoy 'Biotech Warfare', another Slayer/Kreator style offering that is fast paced, raw and fierce. Aggression too plays a major part in the Satanic sound, with no shortage of it across the entire album. The events of the catastrophic nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 is the theme for the album closer 'Tchernobyl 86', and the effects of its aftermath. Musically, 'Tchernobyl 86' is the most death metal song on the album and is a great end to a great album.    
Overall, head crushingly heavy, furious and fast paced death/thrash metal, all delivered with a passion to please, Satanic have impressed with their debut offering.    
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
Reviewed For Brutal Records