after his debut album, George Valaetis' one-man project DARKNESS
ETERNAL, was ready to unleash his destructive forces
on the metal society with his second full-length release: Satanchrist.
Progressing not only musically, but talent wise, this release
proved to be more extreme, more profane, more disturbing, and
brilliantly darker. Satanchrist is the
album that cemented DARKNESS ETERNAL's unique
sound. Catapulting DARKNESS ETERNAL's, status
from underground phenomenon, to being voted best independent/unsigned
band of 2002, best self-released CD, and rated number twelve in
the top fifty releases of 2001-2002 by Vae Solis Webzine. Among
many other praises, Canadian Assault Zine praised the release
"for elevating itself to that next level separating itself
from the pack of good bands to the small legion of great bands
in this genre." Now undoubtedly one of the most unique and
unrelenting projects in the underground metal scene, lets put
it to the test. How exactly does this album rank against all the
praise it’s been given? Let’s find out....
where the previous album left off, the second I put this disc
in my CD Changer, I'm hooked into it. More brutal and much better
recording sound make this album more directly devastating than
its predecessor Dawn Of The Suffering.
Without a doubt this album is a blasphemic praise to the Dark
Lord, emphasized by dramatic growling, down-tuned guitars, and
superb drum blasts. Track 2 Cursed To An Eternal Damnation
artfully precise guitar-work, blaring into an aural attack of
brutal riffs and double-bass onslaught. Track 3 Entering The
World Of The Dead takes more of a black metal approach on
its riffing, a bit faster and more blunt and to the point. This
track is by far one of my faves off this album. Hurling a jagged
spear at your soul, this album is a demonic episode of blistering
guitars, gut-wrenching drum work, and brutal vocalizations. Right
when the song gets to the point of being almost too brutal, it
hits you in the face with a slow, clean almost doom-ish sound.
Not only will this album appeal to any black or death metal fan,
but even the most die-hard Doom metal fans will feel right at
home with this album. A must have for any metal fans collection.
This album has most assuredly lived up to the praise it has been
given; by far one of the most original albums I have heard in
a long time.