“There is a beast in man that needs to be exercised, not exorcised.” – Anton LaVey
Whoever initiated the idea that evil has no place in this world is a chump. I mean, without the proverbial “bad guy” to keep them busy, the “good guys” would most likely succumb to the realization of a meaningless existence and opt for suicide to escape the sheer boredom. Just think of all the historical rivalries that would have never became legend: Skywalker vs. Vader, Max vs. Master Blaster, Conan vs. Thulsa Doom, He-man vs. Skeletor, G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Autobots vs. Decepticons, Thundercats vs. the Mutants of Plun-Darr, Voltron vs. King Zarkon, the SDF-1 vs. the Zentraedi, Dee Snider vs. Tipper Gore, the world vs. the Republican party, and of course, the somewhat overplayed battle between the Christian god and the Prince of Hell himself…the list goes on and on and on. But that’s a.o.k. with me, man! That’s how it should be, in real life and in fantastical day dreams. Otherwise, you can bet there would be some sort of natural balance upset beyond all recognition and we would all be knocked to our asses and ground into dust by the cosmos. So all of you assholes waving the “good guy” flag ever so proudly, make sure you’re 100% aware of who the hell you owe it to. Without the enemy, your purpose of fighting for what’s “right” would be completely absent. Likewise, you should never ignore the idea that the dark side will continue doing their best to consistently kick you square in the ass. In the above examples, neither side ever backs down, no matter how screwed their chances are. In most cases, they step up their efforts with every new attack. Evil is an extremely powerful force…without which, we wouldn’t have the nightly news. It is with that notion that I get to the subject of this review, evil’s latest attack on the do-gooders of the world coming straight…Satanic Bloodspraying.
Hailing from Bolivia, the band has recently unleashed their debut, At the Mercy of Satan (Hells Headbangers). Violent and seething with blasphemy, the record takes the concept of what is sinister to the average human and milks it for all it’s worth in an iron grip of borderline cheesiness. But, that’s part of what makes this record such a complete death machine. No beating around the bush with meaningless grace here, people. It’s like the band is blazing full-speed, with daggers drawn, toward unsuspecting members of Heaven’s golden chorus.
The opener, “Draining Blood”, gets the listener prepped for the chaos that’s about to ensue, in similar fashion to the older stuff conjured by the likes of Impaled Nazarene. “Satanic Skullfuck”, “Tetragrammaton” are both definite highlights, with a blackened dose of old-school thrash sensibilities and a punky attitude in abundance. Clocking in at just under twenty-five minutes, At the Mercy of Satan wastes no time in getting the devil’s work done. The production quality found here is something that’s usually hard to come by with South American bands. Crystal clear are the sounds of the Satanic Bloodspraying brand of hell-spawned annihilation. It should be stated that this band is clearly not attempting to reinvent the proverbial wheel…opting instead to firmly secure the local priest to its spokes before setting it ablaze, laughing as it turns to ash.
This whole release was a breath of fresh air. I can’t speak for anyone else, but with At the Mercy of Satan, Satanic Bloodspraying should have raised the bar considerably for the Best of 2012 lists we’ll all be seeing soon. I know that’s the case for mine!