Defying the laws of metal and doing their best to not be pigeonholed into one single genre is Head of the Demon. Emerging from the darkness with them is their newest offering Sathanas Trismegistos which is six songs of nearly unidentifiable metal. Sathanas Trismegistos is a mysterious album, one that sinks you deeper and deeper into thought and deeper and deeper into darkness as it progresses. This release submerges you in all of its filthy glory and takes you on an interesting ride through vast soundscapes.
Song after song hits you hard and heavy. There is no lack of destructiveness on this record as it is disgustingly heavy and sooner rather than later after listening you will buckle under its sheer weight. To go along with all of that heavy is groove and rhythm that make each song memorable and has the entire album on repeat for quite some time to come. The way in which Head of the Demon plays is hypnotic and they take control of your mind completely.
There are a medley of genres that could be at work here to provide you with such an interesting listen. A lot of working components in this album have come together to create striking soundscapes and to bring to you an altogether intense and mind bending album. For the most part you can pick out hints of doom of course, psychedelic rock, certain hints of black metal and maybe even some stoner metal to go along with the rest of the sewn together genres. With all of that-and maybe even more-you get an album that is intriguing and downright heavy.
Sathanas Trismegistos is monolithic. It is a huge album with long run times, but when listening, the album doesn’t tend to seem all that long. This record never gets in the way of itself and each of the six songs works in wondrous harmony. You never realize that you did in fact listen to the entire album because it is engrossing and infectious. Some longer albums may seem like a chore to finish, but with Sathanas Trismegistos that doesn’t seem to happen, as you can finish the record and happily press the play button again.
Each minute is filled with groove laden and mystic riffs, heavy and obese bass lines, solid and acrobatic drumming, and powerful vocals. There isn’t a moment within this release that isn’t filled with hard rocking and heavy music. A lot is pressed into this disc and everything is executed very well, as the musicianship is tight, the production is great and the overall sound is heavy as an anvil.
Sathanas Trismegistos is an album that takes you to psychedelic places as well as darker soundscapes and anywhere else you can think of. This is heavy to say the least, and it keeps you headbanging the entire time.
Sathanas Trismegistos will be out May 20, 2016 through The Anja Offensive and Invictus Productions.