British heavy metal legends SATAN have entered First Avenue Studios in Newcastle, England to record their new album for a September release via Listenable records. The CD will once again be mixed by Dario Mollo, who is part of TONY MARTIN’S HEADLESS CROSS touring project and has worked with numerous artists as a producer and engineer, including SKYCLAD, ANATHEMA, CRADLE OF FILTH, LACUNA COIL, Tony Martin and Glenn Hughes. The artwork will be created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, HATEBREED, SODOM).
SATAN released a live album in October to celebrate its debut live appearances last year on the North American soil in support of its most recent album “Life Sentence”, released on Listenable in April 2013.
Originating from Newcastle, England in 1980, SATAN is known as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s, influencing major acts like METALLICA, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL.
“Life Sentence” was released on April 29, 2013 in Europe and May 21, 2013 in the U.S. via Listenable Records. The CD was the culmination of a process that began when the original “Court In The Act” lineup got together for an exclusive “one-off” reunion show at Germany’s Keep It True festival in 2011 in what marked their first performance together in 28 years.
The recording lineup for “Life Sentence” was the same as that on “Court In The Act”:
Brian Ross (vocals)
Steve Ramsey (guitar)
Russ Tippins (guitar)
Graeme English (bass)
Sean Taylor (drums)
SATAN is one of the most important groups that emerged in the early NWOBHM era. Their unique mixture of heavy and power metal spirit with thrash riffage brought a handful of unforgettable tunes and revolutionized heavy music as we know it.
“Court in the Act” was SATAN‘s debut release and was considered a true milestone at the time of its release (1983). The songs were melodic, but at the same time very aggressive. The band’s two guitarists, Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey, delivered a truly amazing performance; although their styles were completely different, they managed to perfectly complement each other’s playing and introduced a handful of timeless riffs and solos.