We've seen a lot of action from the old New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands lately. Angel Witch returned with a killer album last year, Diamond Head is touring regularly, Steve Grimmett is back in Grim Reaper (or a Grim Reaper at least), and now the classic lineup of Satan has returned with a new album, titled Life Sentence. It's only their third album overall, and their first in more than 25 years!
When some of these older bands put out new material, it either sounds tired or completely removed from the sound that made fans take notice of them in the first place. Not so with Satan. Life Sentence has all the energy of the classic Court In The Act album, is instantly recognizable as a NWOBHM offering, and is metal as, well, hell. The only noticeable difference is that the musicianship is tighter and the production is better. The album has fantastic riffing, great melodies and is heavy in all the right places. "Time To Die," "Tears of Blood" and the title track are standouts, but the whole album is killer (and at just 44 minutes, filler-free).
Life Sentence is a must-have for NWOBHM fans, especially fans of those early Satan albums. With this album, Satan also shows the new generation of traditional metal bands how it's done, rivaling even the youngest of the pack in terms of sheer energy. Long live the NWOBHM and hail Satan!
Note: If you order this disc directly from Amazon, be aware that they are sending you a CD-R and not the "real" CD release.