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Monday, November 13: Satan, “Time to Die”

“Time to Die” hewed closer to the actual sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal despite arriving 30 years after Satan first shook up the scene with Court in the Act.  But whereas that landmark album introduced thrash elements to the original NWOBHM ethos, Life Sentence actually sounded more low-budget and, aside from the apparently ageless Brian Ross’ vocals, spare and dry.  Maybe it was Dario Mollo’s production, but this reunion of the Court in the Act lineup sounded remarkably tight and brimming with livewire passion, and “Time to Die” played like an appropriate follow-up (more appropriate, naturally, than any of the intervening records Satan made without Ross at the helm): Sean Taylor’s trashcan drumming was still fast and ferocious, while Russ Tippins and Graeme English were as formidable a guitar tandem as ever.  And Ross lost absolutely none of his charisma or his range, busting out that awesomely ridiculous falsetto scream like it was 1984 all over again.  And as it happened, 2013 turned out even better for Satan than 1984, as the band not only recaptured their tiny share of the underground, but added enough new fans to actually tour the world for the first time.

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1983. Court in the Act

is the debut  album by band Satan.

Satan originating from Newcastle, England in 1979, known as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. With regards to the band’s name, Steve Ramsey said in a 2013 interview: “The judge was always part of it, the judge and the the devil. That’s the basic theme of the whole band, you know. Satan isn’t occult or anything like that, the whole idea of the band is injustice. It’s all about injustice.”

Satan would later change it’s name to Blind fury because they didn’t want to be associated with the growing number of satanic bands coming mostly from the newly emerging thrash metal movement, they released an excellent album titled “Out of reach” featuring the same flawless musicianship and strong numbers but without the great Brian Ross and with a cleaner production than on “Court in the act” the magic seemed to have disappeared though “Out of reach” is still recommended.

NWOBHM has to be one of the greatest genres of heavy metal and Satan proves this with “Court in the Act”. This is absolutely top-notch killer fucking metal with balls and heart.

Court in the Act is quite possibly their greatest moment, for 1983 the material here was years ahead of its time and was an undeniable stepping stone for many bands to follow.

Brian Ross    Russ Tippins    Steve Ramsey   Graeme English    Sean Taylor

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2013. Life Sentence

Satan would change their name to Blind Fury after the release of their debut “Court In The Act”. in 1983 The former singer Brian Ross was replaced by Lou Taylor who was in Satan once before and himself was also, ironically, replaced by Brian Ross. After they released “Out Of Reach” they changed their name back to Satan and Michael Jackson joined on vocals. In 1988, they changed their name again, this time to The Kindred and then to Pariah. They recorded two more albums and then quit, with a reformed version of Pariah releasing a third album in 1997.Satan reuinted for a series of shows in 2004, and then again permanently in 2011.With regards to the band’s name, Steve Ramsey said in a 2013 interview: “The judge was always part of it, the judge and the the devil. That’s the basic theme of the whole band, you know. Satan isn’t occult or anything like that, the whole idea of the band is injustice. It’s all about injustice.”

 Graeme English    Sean Taylor   Russ Tippins   Steve Ramsey   Brian Ross