After “Past Of …”, a collection of their entire output so far, SATAN’S FALL shoot for the stars with their debut album “Final Day” and hark back to metal’s past while conveying a musical and lyrical depth sets them apart from the sad plethora of ironic retro-activists.
The self-recorded material was mixed and mastered by veteran producer Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, and since the guys are “dealing with war, depression and the end of the world” according to co-founder Tomi Mäenpää. “the lyrics address mortality and how to push on through all the shit life throws at us.”
With the compilation, “we basically closed the doors behind us in order to enter a new realm,”, the guitarist continues. “If previously, we were more speed-oriented, now we are more focused on content than ever.”
Which does not imply that the five-piece fails to deliver the heavy goods, with tunes such as the truly demonic ‘They Come Alive’ or ‘Juggernaut’ offering memorable riffs and melodies galore, taking unexpected turns and changing key in a breath – of which banshee front man Miika Kokko never seems to run out.
“Metal has always been socially, environmentally and politically conscious,” Toni concludes. “Yet it should be even more. Just because some things have been the same for years doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t change if they violate or discriminate against something.”
So eventually, “Final Day” is a subliminal statement of intent that seduces you into a world of mirrored sunglasses, denim and leather … with a serious twist!
1. Forever Blind (3:39)
2. Madness (Finds a Way) (3:55)
3. They Come Alive (4:10)
4. Retribution (4:50)
5. Juggernaut (4:12)
6. There Will be Blood (3:57)
7. The Flamekeeper (5:23)
8. Final Day (6:00)
Miika Kokko – Vocals
Lassi Tiainen – Guitar
Tomi Mäenpää – Guitar
Joni Petander – Bass
Ville Aatsinki – Drums