Genre: N.W.O.B.H.M./Heavy Metal
Country: England
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year: 2022

Good friends are the friends that easily and for no reason let each other down, but then they forget it as easily and keep on like nothing happen. Well a good friend of mine (that someday I did let him down ‘cause I’m a sloppy motherfucker after all) asked me my opinion about Satan’s new album and the only thing I actually wanted to say to him was: “Bro, Satan will never let you down”. And the reasons are too many but mostly because they are undoubtedly great musicians, surely great personalities, unquestionably great Heavy Metal fans and definitely great composers. The unholy trilogy that Satan delivered us from 2013’s instant classic “Life Sentence” and through 2015’s “Atom By Atom” and completed in 2018’s “Cruel Magic” seems that has more episodes to give. Satan are probably the biggest comeback that Heavy Metal offered us in 10’s along with Accept and these 3+1 albums created a monster that can look straight in the eyes behemoths of Heavy Metal as Satan are no longer the band that released the cult classic in early 80’s or some obscure historical 7inches singles or demos, or the band that Blitzkrieg’s voice began or even the band that Skyclad members played before them…Satan belong to the elite of Heavy Metal and they conquered it emphatically with an impressive back catalogue that they have created all these 40 years of existence. “Earth Infernal” has the significant sound of the band but will also bring you in mind an amalgam of Mercyful Fate, Hammers of Misfortune and 70’s Judas Priest. But let’s get in to the point. What we are dealing here with? Well, the LP actually has 10 balanced compositions, 10 well -crafted songs with catchy choruses, full of energy, clever and sharp lyrics, focused on excellent razor-sharp riffs and the depressed voice of Ross as a guide into a to-the-point old-school melodic trip in to Heavy Metal timeless kingdom. The chemistry of the band’s members is seminar and should be taught into small advance classes into anyone that wants to have a professional band. The sound has this 80’s aura, an almost mythical and magical at the same time atmosphere, while besides the admirable work in guitars by Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins and the superior vocal lines, the rhythm section also manages to shine equally. Their drummer Sean Taylor (Warrior, ex-Blind Fury, ex-Blitzkrieg, ex-Raven, ex-Pariah) plays so simple with downbeat-snare, technically intact and analog sound, that matches perfectly with Graeme English’s intelligent harmonized play. Plus another incredible artwork cover by Eliran Kantor. So far “Earth Infernal” is the best album that I have personally heard in 2022. Greatest moments: “Ascendancy”, “Burning Portrait”, “Twelve Infernal Lords”,“Mercury’s Shadow”, “A Sorrow Unspent“, Luciferic”, “From Second Sight”, “Poison Elegy”, “The Blood Ran Deep” and “Earth We Bequeath”…yeaap I just wrote all 10 song titles!