Album filled with wickedness
Music is a universal phenomenon that allows artists and bands to be creative with their talents. The band Satanic Planet is a great example of creativity built on the strong musical backgrounds possessed by each band member. Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Mr. Bugle), Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross), Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera) and activist Lucien Greaves collaborated to make the self-titled album Satanic Planet. The sound on this record is different from other genres of metal music because the vocals are low with a kick of authority and the instrumentation electrifies the atmosphere with low noises that contribute to the never-ending darkness. Although the style of metal is different, Satanic Planet does a great job of showing how skillful they are as a band.
The track “999” is a slow surging vein-shaker that brings the feeling of non-stop dreariness to this composition with each guitar note. Right off the bat, the sound of high-strung riffs ring out blaring from the speakers, and the endless noise brings a view of who Satanic Planet is as a band. “999” is the second tune on Satanic Planet, and it truly is one of the best songs on the album.
The dark track “Passage” is not like any other metal composition, as it is more of a personal story than a song. Throughout the bold instrumentation and Pearson’s powerful vocals, this song gives an insight into what the band stands for, and the best part is how Pearson’s gloomy voice brings a feeling of doom as he speaks the lyrics. If people want to hear a piece that is filled with darkness, then “Passage” can fulfill their expectations.
“Devil In Me” is a demonic piece that features Grammy-nominated artist Nomi Abadi. The vocal chemistry between Pearson and Abadi is rather interesting, with how both vocalists use spoken word rather than singing to the lyrics. In some ways, the way both Pearson and Abadi speaking on this track brings a personal touch of doom while both vocalists continue to chant out the lyrics. The collaboration between Pearson and Abadi is strong and evil in “Devil In Me.”
A track that is a total heart-stopper is “Vete Al Infeirno.” It is another collaboration that is truly righteous simply because it features vocalist Jung Sing from the band Silent and Hexa band member Carrie Feller. The powerful chemistry between Sing and Feller is dynamic. What is enjoyable is how Sing screams out the lyrics in passion while Feller’s keyboard playing contributes to the drama within the darkness. “Vete Al Infeirno” is a well-played song featuring two talented musicians who have amazing chemistry with one another.
Catchy self-titled composition “Satanic Planet” stands out from the rest of the songs with its upbeat musical style, and it features musician Eric Livingston. Throughout the entirety of the piece, Livingston brings his style of music by providing high-strung vocals that show what this song is about. The best part is how Livingston uses his vocals to scream out the lyrics while switching to a lower pitch. Livingston is a gifted vocalist who shines brightly on “Satanic Planet.”
Although the record may not be a favorite to many, it is nice to see how innovative Satanic Planet can be with their music in Satanic Planet.