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Savage Master
With Whips And Chains
April 2016
Released: 2016, High Roller Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Louisville, Kentucky's true heavy metal five-piece Savage Master returns with their second full-length studio album WITH WHIPS AND CHAINS following up their debut CD released in 2014 "Mask Of The Devil"

On "Call Of The Master" a brief ambient intro is interrupted by the blood curdling scream of one Stacey Savage as she issues a calling to her master Satan as the band marches toward "Dark Light Of The Moon" the album's first real track. The metal is true to form and instantly addictive. Massive hooks that sink into your flesh and command you to bang your head.

Welcome to the coolest record released so far this year, it is an asskicker to say the least. "With Whips and Chains" is an anthemic headbanger that is sure to go down as an in-concert favorite. This is what heavy metal is all about, right here, friends. The chorus is infectious, you'll be shouting it out at the top of your lungs after your first listen. Stacey's vocals command your attention, her delivery is flawless. Ten years from now this will still rock. The next song on the chopping block is "Path of the Necromancer" and another instant classic is born unto ye. I'm really not sure who in the band is responsible for crafting the lyrics/vocal melodies but my fucking hat is off to you as this just makes me want to put my fist in the air and sing along with Stacey. This album really has a late seventies/early eighties vibe to it that I cannot get enough of.

When Savage Master's debut CD "Mask Of The Devil" came out I found some comparison's between Stacey Savage and Rob Halford in terms of phrasing and delivery and I can hear that a little bit in the chorus of "Vengeance Is Steel". We get another dose of horror films meet heavy metal on "Looking For A Sacrifice" another extremely catchy metallic offering. Listen to that guitar, man what a great record. This disc is just halfway in and guess what? Every track fucking kills!

"Satan's Crown" would make a great opening track in a live setting. It just rips your face off right from the get go with pummeling traditional heavy metal force. I don't know if it's late where you are but why don't you stop whatever you're doing right now and go buy a copy or place an online order or something? I mean, how much convincing do you really need?

"Burned At The Stake" thought you might need more convincing and made an exclusive appearance just to kick you square in the ass! Wow! What a great record! Menacing riffery, unholy lyrics, great imagery, tons of energy and power. This is something special. Believe me.

"Black Hooves" continues the assault on your senses with seventies metal glory in tow and some killer guitar soloing to boot. You need this album. You have to have it. "Ready To Sin" closes out the album, but guess what? Stacey and company were ready to sin from the first track. That's continuity. I'd recommend this disc to all fans of true heavy metal and I'd bump Savage Master up to the upper echelon of American true metal bands, they fucking deserve it with an album this pure and this good.
Track Listing

1. Call of the Master
2. Dark Light of the Moon
3. With Whips and Chains
4. Path of the Necromancer
5. Vengeance Is Steel
6. Looking For A Sacrifice
7. Satan's Crown
8. Burned at the Stake
9. Black Hooves
10. Ready To Sin


Stacey Savage - Vocals
Larry Myers - Guitar
Adam Neal - Guitar
Brandon Brown - Bass
Zach Harris - Drums



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Savage Master
With Whips And Chains
April 2016
Released: 2016, High Roller Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Occult metal from Kentucky! Never thought I would include Kentucky and occult metal in the same sentence but there you go. Savage Master hails from Louisville and formed in 2013. WITH WHIPS AND CHAINS is the band’s second album, but my first exposure to them. Released on High Roller Records, it does not take long to take the measure of Savage Master, and their influences are worn proudly on their sleeves.

Leading the way is front woman Stacy “Savage” Peak, delivering her vocals in the style of Besty Bitch and to a lesser extent Doro Pesch. The band follows suit with your basic meat and potatoes metal, recalling older and simpler days. The title track is a shining example of the gritty metal on the album, with gang vocals on the chorus and Peak’s gruff tone delivering odes to Satan. “Looking For A Sacrifice” has a guitar sound that will remind people of the sound on KILL ‘EM ALL and indeed, there are several places on the album that have NWOBHM feel mixed with speed metal guitar riffs.

One thing that is immediately apparent is the retro production that lends a slightly muddy sound to the record but definitely helps round out the overall vintage feel of the project. WITH WHIPS AND CHAINS is mostly fun but also a reminder of how primitive some of that old music sounded. Savage Master does not offer a great deal of variety, so traditional gallops are the order of the day. Fans of Bitch, Cirith Ungol, and early American speed metal will find Savage Master a ball of fun with plenty of value in return visits. Others, like myself, will appreciate the faithful adherence to the 80s metal vibe of this album but will not find reason to make it a regular part of their listening rotation.
Track Listing

01. Call Of The Master
02. Dark Light Of The Moon
03. With Whips And Chains
04. Path Of The Necromancer
05. Vengeance Is Steel
06. Looking For A Sacrifice
07. Satan's Crown
08. Burned At The Stake
09. Black Hooves
10. Ready To Sin


Stacey Savage - vocals
Adam Neal - guitar
Larry Myers - guitar
Brandon "BB Gunz" Brown - bass guitar
Zach Harris - drums

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by Robert Williams

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by Erich

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