Saturday Night Satan – All Things Black Review

Wishbone Ash Vibes and Dark Rock: A Journey Through Saturday Night Satan's Music...

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Made Of Stone Recordings

Released – March 15th 2024

 

Line Up:

Kate Soulthorn – Vocals

Jim Kotsis – Guitars/Bass

Akis Pastras – Guitar

Marios Ioannou – Drums

Andrea Manas – Theremin (Track 8)

Joel Sampere – Flute (Track 9)

 

Tracklist:

1 – 5AM

2 – Rule With Fire

3 – Devil In Disguise

4 – All Things Black

5 – Lurking In The Shadows

6 – By The River

7 – Crown Of Arrogance

8 – Witches Dance

9 – Of Love And The Void

 

Saturday Night Satan is the duo of Kate Soulthorn (vocals) and Jim Kotsis (guitar/bass/backing vocals), who is also part of Black Soul Horde. Initially started as a studio project, they have since enlisted mates from the Greek underground metal scene to play a few shows. Good! Because I would dearly love to see what they can do live. They draw inspiration from 70s proto-metal, 80s grooves, the occult, and horror movies.

The opener, ‘5AM,’ gets straight to it with a monster riff and groove that gets you moving. It’s kinda heavy, and Soulthorn’s voice is not dissimilar to Johanna Sadonis of Lucifer, which gives the heavy music another dimension. A Thin Lizzy-esque twin melody line opens ‘Rule With Fire.’ It’s mid-paced, dirty, and groovy, as is the excellent ‘Devil In Disguise,’ which has a really catchy melody. Spooky synths open the title track, and it comes on a very modern line. This is arena-sized dark rock with another excellent vocal from Soulthorn.

Things ease back on the doomy ‘Lurking In The Shadows’ with a big fat chunky riff and synth stabs adding things in the background before the power chords give the chorus a boost. ‘By The River’ brings some Wishbone Ash into the mix with an acoustic rhythm and twin guitars on the melody, then ‘Crown Of Arrogance’ takes us into traditional metal territory before the darker ‘Witch’s Dance’ and another fabulous catchy chorus. The final cut, ‘Of Love And The Void,’ brings the acoustic out again and gets folky with a beautiful flute from Joel Sempere before they get fast and heavy after a minute.

I really enjoyed this. Lots of heavy riffing and some superb axework from Kotsis. Soulthorn’s vocals are very alluring and melodic. Lucifer might have some competition here, and that’s healthy. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next; in the meantime, I will play this to death.

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 8/10

 

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