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Yes, Satariel is yet another Swedish black/death metal troupe whose latest collection is the first formal glimpse America gets of the quintet. The 10-tracks adorning HYDRA utilize a number of different devices, such as acoustic guitars and female vocals on “Claw the Clouds” and some Opeth-esque ethereal projections on “Vengeance is Hers” in addition to the machine gun guitarwork found on “The Freedom Fall”, creating an enriching atmosphere not unlike Nevermore when ultra-heavy or Paradise Lost when more melodic. Intertwining well-structured Goth, blistering thrash, and a mysterious aura into a cavalcade of pristine metal, Satariel’s latest will please those looking for something between Nightwish and Arch Enemy.
- Mike SOS