June 2017


'First Against the Wall'
CD Review By: James Carlson

Portland-based duo Satanarchist has conjured up a particularly brutal and frenzied new batch of songs for its second album, ‘First Against the Wall.’ Creating an unlikely yet highly effective hybrid of anarcho-punk, crusty thrash and black metal, Satanarchist’s ten new songs, which consist of nine raw, dark, chaotic, and occasionally technical originals and one cover, focus largely on politics and society coupled with Satanic imagery. A fitting connection in today’s mad social and political climate, to be sure.

‘First Against the Wall’ follows Satanarchist’s 2014 album ‘Making Threats at Punks Again,’ and proves itself a most worthwhile sophomore effort. There are some serious standout tracks on this album, too, including “Paradox,” “Boil Alive,” “Tempest of Sorrow,” “Triumph,” and “Lent is Theft.” In addition to the originals on ‘First Against the Wall,’ Satanarchist does a strangely metallized cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Silver Ships of Andilar.”

Think of Satanarchist’s sound, with its heavy, unrelenting riffs and busy, pummeling drums and growled vocals that sound like the devil himself, as a combination of Face Down In Shit, Asschapel, and Pisschrist. The theme there was completely unintentional, I assure you.

‘First Against the Wall’ by Satanarchist is being independently released by the band and will be available on CD and digital formats on June 2, 2017.


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