Five years after "Carelian Satanist Madness" the Satanic Warmaster returns!
For some of you the Warmaster was never gone, but those of us that only keep track of the albums have had to wait for a long time.
After the intro it's straight down memory lane. Well, perhaps not for those of you that didn't rape the shit out of "Tyrannendunkel" when it was released. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't "True Blackness" all over again. What I'm talking about is the style + feeling I get when the keyboards hit hard in "Satan's Werewolf", that primordial, germanic feeling.
The sound & style of Satanic Warmaster has always been compared to LLN bands and it's still there. More than once while listening to this album I've had to resist the urge to go look through my old FMP catalogues searching for old Vlad Tepes ads.
Satanic Warmaster is more than a mere copy of what has already been done. Paying homage to what you like isn't bad as long as you put something of your own into the mix. Does the Satanic Tyrant Werwolf manage that and once again slap the faces of his detractors? Yeah, I'd say he does.
If you still have reservations about Satanic Warmaster or just don't want to check this album out for whatever reason, so be it. However, if you are new to the game I'd say "Satan's Werewolf" and "Utug-Hul" were good haunts to hang out at.