Satanic Warmaster and Archgoat come together for the first time in this split titled Lux Satanae. With a combination such as this, one has to imagine that the destruction that they both will cause together is great, and that would be right. The amount of destruction that this split causes and the amount of evil that it spreads is massive. Each band is terrifyingly evil and have absolutely no issues spreading darkness across the land. Lux Satane (Thirteen Hymns of Finnish Devil Worship) certainly does include thirteen earth blistering songs.
These are two of black metal’s premiere bands, and with both of them together on the same split, there is one thing that you can count on for certain, and that is after listening there is no way that you will come out of it with a soul. Everything turns black, smells of brimstone and is utterly scorched under blackened hell fire. There isn’t anything that you can do to escape the clutches of evil, and there isn’t anything that you can do to prevent yourself from being dragged violently to hell.
Both Satanic Warmaster and Archgoat alone are more than capable of taking the entire planet over themselves, and when joining forces there is nothing that can’t stop them. Once the first note is played, an evil army arises from Hell to walk the earth and slaughter any soul that dares oppose them.
The music itself really is frightening and instills a certain amount of fear within you that is indescribable. You feel as though Satan himself is present with you enjoying the fruits of this release. There isn’t anything quite like it. You feel a potent evil wash over you and take a heavy handed grip on your soul and damn it for eternity, and you feel sordid and blasphemous just by gazing upon the album art let alone actually listening.
As both bands play a similar style, there are some differences. Satanic Warmaster plays in a more traditional black metal style, whereas Archgoat gives you both realms of death metal and black metal. Each band is punishing and evil in their own ways, and really each of their styles is purely blistering and flesh melting.
To begin the split is Satanic Warmaster. Satanic Warmaster comes at you with bleak, cold and intense black metal. Their riffs are jagged and accosting as they slash you across the throat letting your blood to revel in. The bass lines are rumbling and unearthly as the drums are purely chaotic and punishing. The vocals provided are of the gravely screech variety that makes your blood freeze and your hair stand up. Satanic Warmaster supplies you with atmosphere that is wholly dark and blasphemous as it shrouds you in poisonous fog. They let you know right off the bat that they are coming for your soul and are relentless in their pursuit until they have acquired it.
As mentioned, Archgoat gives you something from both worlds as they dabble in black metal and death metal. Archgoat attacks you with sharp bludgeoning riffs supplemented by an obese bass that is more than capable of disemboweling you. The drums are blasting and chaotic as they chip away at your skull. The vocal delivery that you get from Archgoat is guttural and utterly demonic and subterranean. Archgoat gives you atmosphere as well, and it comes in the form of atmospheric death and blackened hell fire.
Both bands are eviscerating, pure and visceral and escaping their powerful black metal grasp just isn’t an option. Once you begin listening you seal your own fate. Lux Satanae is as damning as damning gets and if you wanted to meet Satan you may get your wish sooner rather than later. The thirteen songs here are evil, blasphemous and as evil as you could possibly imagine. This is pure black metal folks. Enter the lair of the Devil if you dare.
Lux Satanae is out through Hells Headbangers on March 4, 2016.