Satan In The Vatican

Written by: PP on 20/12/2010 03:31:46

Any old school death metal fans might find this review, or rather the music described in it, interesting. TrustNo1 apparently share three members with some never heard gothic metal band, but felt an urge to write politically oriented songs, so they decided to form a new band for that purpose only. It's quite unusual to have a death metal band with decipherable vocals and topics dealing with politics, is it not? That's the idea here, however, and I have to say that it makes "Satan In The Vatican" quite a bit more interesting than your standard death'n'roll effort.

And roll is what's provided in large quantities. The band has been compared to the likes of Six Feet Under and early Bolt Thrower, the former because of the cookie-monster growling of the vocalist and the latter because, well, they emit a standard rumble-n-roll approach when it comes to the guitars. These are then supplemented with underlying layers of melodic guitars that borrow more from melodic metal than death metal, but in either case, it's a nice mix and I'm digging the sound. Basically, it's mid-tempo death metal from the old school times, with a dose of additional melody.

Now, the biggest question mark will be whether or not you can overcome the vocals here. Six Feet Under is one of those love-em or hate-em sorta bands, and given the similarities in the vocal department, TrustNo1 is likely to have the same effect on most. Admittedly they take some time in getting used to, but the decipherable lyrics make the band just that much more interesting to listen to. Especially the "there is no...there is no...there is no...GOOOOD" yelps in "There Is No God" are surprisingly catchy as a result. Anyway, check this out if you like old school DM spiced with some additional elements.

Download: There Is No God, Red Star, Holodomor
For the fans of: Bolt Thrower, Six Feet Under
Listen: Myspace

Release date 14.05.2010

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