Reviewed: December 2020
Released: 2020, High Roller Records
Reviewer: Jack Merry
SATAN’S FALL are a Finnish heavy metal band formed on the icy streets of Helsinki that are about to unleash a debut album that will warm the hearts and souls of any metalhead unto the world.
Entitled Final Day, the album is simultaneously the sound of SATAN’S FALL planting their feet firmly on the ground, making their stand as a brand new force to be reckoned with, and paying tribute to the bands that helped pave the way during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The influences of IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST can be heard across all eight songs on offer here, and the band manages to use that to create their own thing rather than just being a carbon copy.
It helps that the songwriting on display is tight and focused, as is evident when the chorus hits on the explosive opening track “Forever Blind.” It’s clear SATAN’S FALL are not messing around; delivering high octane razor-sharp riffs and banshee wails atop a pummeling rhythm section, and the pace doesn’t really slow until the title track that closes the album.
On a technical level, Final Day is an impressive display of talent and musicianship. Miika Kokko has enough power in his voice to light up a city, the dual guitar attack of Lassi Tiainen and Tomi Mäenpää results in some blistering face-melting moments, all anchored down by Joni Petander on the bass guitar and Ville Aatsinki behind the kit. I’d say all the album needs is a little tidying up on the production, as it can at times sound a little rough around the edges and muddy, but these moments are few and far between.
“Juggernaut” is the best JUDAS PRIEST song that never was, as Miika channels his inner Rob Halford to deliver a blood-curdling shriek that cuts through the mix atop a freight-train backing, and “The Flamekeeper” acts as a passing of the torch from the old guard to the new. “There Will Be Blood” is the sound of a band hungry, passionate, and dedicated to proving themselves in the name of heavy metal, just don’t get in their way. An infectious melody and more blazing lead work cement the track as a favourite. “Retribution” has a grinding rock riff and a marching drum beat
I’ve said it before that a debut album is a statement of intent, and that’s absolutely the case on Final Day. SATAN’S FALL have bolted out of the starting gate; coming out swinging and all fired up. While the album isn’t perfect (“They Come Alive” feels a little lacking and uninspired next to the other songs, and the production issues I mentioned earlier), it’s still a damn good release and a strong foundation to launch into the next step of their career from. Metalheads will be hard-pressed to find much wrong with this record and there is a lot here to love. I’m excited to hear what will come next from SATAN’S FALL.