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The 4 offerings from Black Angel are fast and sharp as a switchblade, slicing through the dark night air and into anything in their path. ‘After Death’ and ‘Occult Past’ blur the senses and are relentless in their chaotic attack. I liken the effect to repeatedly stabbing the corpse long after the heart became motionless and the blood ceased to pump…that certain blind rage is a fitting description for the violence and madness that you will hear from Black Angel. I can’t say that the guitar work or song structure is at all technical, epic or prog…it just fucking kills you. The drums keep things interesting and change the feel quite often which helps divert the attention away from the somewhat uninspiring guitar passages. Contains the track, ‘The Hell’, which first appeared as early as 2002.
Completing the ‘Black Ritual of Satan’ is South Korea’s Adokhsiny, a three piece whose style mixing death vo-kills with blasting drums and the occasional simplistic early thrash guitar riffs. ‘Ritual of Lust’ and ‘Triumph of Bestial Desecrator’ really caught my ear since they both start off with the same hi-hats count off and launch into very similar opening passages…I listened back and forth in disbelief at how much they sound the same. Luckily, both tracks lead into different and original directions. The former, which may be the strongest track, dominates with a strong vo-kill assault, blasting verses and strong bridge. ‘Triumph of Bestial Desecrator’ sets an early 80’s thrash riff a la ‘Kill ‘em All’ on top of a furious battery of drums and manages to raise the level of intensity a few more times to completely obliterate the listener. Even a few ‘guitar solos’, which are really just some direction-less scribbles with a whammy bar, make their way into the three tracks from Adokhsiny, offering yet another layer of diversity in their sound.
All in all, ‘Black Ritual of Satan’ is an album that is a good experience but doesn’t compel the listener to become completely enthralled with any tracks. If I were to go find another release by either band and could only pick one, it would be Black Angel…and since Black Angel has a shitload of releases, this shouldn’t be a problem. While the style of Adokhsiny was refreshing, it just didn’t make me beg for mercy…but that is just me. Spill your blood in a ‘Black Ritual of Satan’!
** Review taken from http://forbidden-magazine.com/2010/08/black-angel-adokhsiny-black-ritual-of-satan/