Satan – re-issue of the debut album coming out soon!

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” is their debut release and in the same time their highlight. Ten tracks (including the intro) and over 40 minutes of music that was absolutely groundbreaking for a 1983 release. Satan managed to come up with a sound that was way ahead of their own time. The songs were melodic, but in the same time very aggressive – a sign of an upcoming revolution. Both guitarists, Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey, delivered a truly amazing performance – although their styles were completely different, the duo managed to perfectly balance their playing and introduce a handful of timeless riffs and solos. The best example of the band’s impressive guitar virtuosity can be heard in the sharp and heavy tune “Break Free”, which features a dazzling 3-minute solo. Other highlights include the intensive “No Turning Back”, the atmospheric “Alone in the Docks” and the epic instrumental track “Ritual”.
“Court in the Act” remains one of Satan’s best releases, as well as one of the most unappreciated – even though the album hit the stores immediately before the thrash metal explosion, being somewhat a pioneer on the scene, it failed to gain the proper popularity it deserved. Most critics claim that this LP was just a bit too much for the average listener in 1983, when even such bands as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden played music nowhere near as dynamic and aggressive as Satan.
Now, thanks to this exclusive re-edition of “Court in the Act”, you can once again experience one of the best releases in the history of metal! After 25 years, this album still possesses the same force it had on the day of its premiere – a force that cannot be denied… New digipack edition includes 3 bonus tracks. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc, limited to numerated 1000 copies. Metal Mind Productions will release the album on 24th November in Europe and 20th January 2009 in USA (via MVD).
Satan
“Court In The Act” (remastered + bonus tracks)

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1242 DG
Barcode: 5907785033894
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numerated copies)
Genre: NWOBHM
Release date: 24.11.2008 Europe / 20.01.2009 USA
Tracklist:
1. Into The Fire
2. Trial by Fire
3. Blades of Steel
4. No Turning Back
5. Broken Treaties
6. Break Free
7. Hunt You Down
8. The Ritual
9. Dark Side of Innocence
10. Alone In The Dock
Bonus tracks:
11. Dynamo
12. Pull The Trigger
13. Break Free (single version)
Bio
The group was formed back in 1979 in Newcastle, England. At that time the line-up consisted of Steve Ramsey (guitar), Graeme English (bass), Russ Tippins (guitar), Andy Reed (drums) and Trevor Robinson (vocals). As it soon turned out, only the first three remained constant members of the band, as the drummer and vocalist positions changed from one release to another. In November 1981 Satan released “The first demo”, containing four original songs. A year later another demo saw the light of day. “Into the Fire” featured 7 tracks and 2 new band members – Ian McCormack (drums) and Ian Swift (vocals). The release brought the attention of several record labels and in December 1982 Satan managed to record a 2-track single called “Kiss of Death” for Guardian Records (again with Reed and Robinson in the line-up). In early 1983 another label knocked on Satan’s door – Roadrunner Records. After signing a proper deal, the group begun the recording of their debut album – “Court in the Act” – this time with drummer Sean Taylor and vocalist Brian Ross who joined Satan after his former group – Blitzkrieg – disbanded.
“Court in the Act” was eventually released in June and almost immediately proved to be quite a revolution on the metal scene. Ten tracks (including the intro) and over 40 minutes of music that was absolutely groundbreaking for a 1983 release. Satan managed to come up with a sound that was way ahead of their own time. The songs were melodic, but in the same time very aggressive – a sign of an upcoming revolution. Both guitarists, Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsey, delivered a truly amazing performance – although their styles were completely different, the duo managed to perfectly balance their playing and introduce a handful of timeless riffs and solos. The best example of the band’s impressive guitar virtuosity can be heard in the sharp and heavy tune “Break Free”, which features a dazzling 3-minute solo. Other highlights include the intensive “No Turning Back”, the atmospheric “Alone in the Docks” and the epic instrumental track “Ritual”. The lyrics dealt with bloody events in history and told tales about the ferocious Vikings (“Blades of Steel”), the slaughter of American Indians (“Broken Treaties”) and more contemporary subjects, such as the nuclear warfare threat (“Trial By Fire”). “Court in the Act” remains one of Satan’s best releases, as well as one of the most unappreciated – even though the album hit the stores immediately before the thrash metal explosion, being somewhat a pioneer on the scene, it failed to gain the proper popularity it deserved. Most critics claim that this LP was just a bit too much for the average listener in 1983, when even such bands as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden played music nowhere near as dynamic and aggressive as Satan. After releasing “Court in the Act” the group changed their name to Blind Fury and parted with Brian Ross, who was replaced by Lou Taylor. The following years brought more name changes (first back to Satan and then to Kindred and Pariah), as well as more amazing releases. None of them, however, managed to bring back the spirit of Satan’s epic debut LP.

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