There’s very little subtlety about an album called ‘Demonic Satanic’ is there? Swedish death/black/thrashers Mordant are following in the footsteps of some of their more illustrious countrymen by taking the black metal blueprint and increasing the thrash and death metals elements to create a beast of a record that inspires vigorous headbanging. It dropped late last year on To The Death Records!
Opener ‘Vengeance from the Dark’ is a ripping example of savage riffery piling up with a nasty, rusted edge. The production is a little dry and thin, but it gives an edge to the guitarwork, now more piano wire than barbed wire. The exuberance with which these thrashing tracks are spat out of this riff machine is infectious, particularly the inspiringly great ‘Evil Impalers’. When you can feel the Sodom influence creeping into many riffs, you know you’re in for a treat.
‘Demonic Satanic’ shreds with prodigious force, be it the arse tearing ‘Desecration from Hell’, or the gloriously fast ‘Screaming Souls’. Mordant are a band with a great reverence for the history of not only their brethren in Nifelheim etc but also the genre itself. ‘Demonic Satanic’ is full of great nods to the past, but is a record that is as cutting edge as you can get. Melody meets savagery in this awesome record, and you’ll not be disappointed.