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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