Satan's Host
By the Hand's of the Devil
Style: Symphonic Speed / Power Metal
Release date: 3 May, 2011
Playing time: 58:47

Say one thing about Satan’s Host, say they are not afraid to try new things!

Host started out in ’77 and bloomed, as a pure power metal act, during the mid-80’s. After breaking up and reuniting in the late 90’s, they took a turn to the dark side – living up to their name and satanic lyrics – and released a couple blackened death albums. The latter are some of the best American black metal ever made, in my opinion. They returned to a sort of hard line prog-power style with their 2009 album, ”Power Purity Perfection…

Keeping to their tradition of changing style every decade Host has now made something weird, but not all together bad. They've blended speedy power metal, progressive heavy and King Diamond-ish operatic metal (no falsetto though). It sounds very much like what I imagine a Broadway Musical in Hell must sound like. The vocals are the best part – Harry Conklin of Jag Panzer fame has a very broad voice.

Surviving my first disappointment that Host hadn't kept a bit of their old black metal ugliness, I've come to like this album for what it is: A romantic rendezvous between speed metal drums and power metal guitars, though these are mere decoration of an overall symphonic style.
The only thing that ruin this album – and accordingly the rating – is the travesty of a last track gimmick: The cover version of Norwegian Wood by The Beatles. Host has changed the lyrics, so they refer to church burning instead of weed, and at some point I find that absolutely hilarious. However, concerning the Fab Four, I have no humor at all! Never ever make a cover version of a Beatles song. No matter what you do to it it will come off as cheap.


01. By The Hands Of The Devil
02. Shades Of The Unlight
03. Demontia
04. Before The Flame
05. Bleeding Hearts Of The Damned
06. Black Hilted Knife
08. Fallen Angel
09. Inferior Worlds
10. Norweigen Wood (Bonus Track)

Label: Moribund
Distribution: Moribund
Reviewed by: Martin Schjönning
Date: 2 May, 2011