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Servants of Satan : Sloth/Servants of Satan Split

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I'd like to start this review by describing the first meeting between the vocalist of Servants of Satan and one of the members of Sloth. The inlay states that it happened in a "'blimpie' brand sandwich shop" in Kent, Ohio, where the Servants of Satan vocalist were serving the sandwhiches:

"not seeing a room with a toilet, i asked him: 'do you have a public restroom?' he replied: 'no.' i asked him: 'aren't restaurants required by law to have a toilet for customer use?' he replied: 'fuck it. shit on the floor.'

So, if you tell a sloth to just take a dump wherever he likes instead of having to walk anywhere then, guess what? You've got a friend for life...

Side A is taken by Sloth. While over half of their tracks are short produces of noisecore in the vein of their 2004-2006 CDr's (e.g. 'Day To Day' and 'Squirrel Appartment'), their side of the 12" also contains two really good ones: number 5 and 7. Track 5 is introduced in the audio as "the pigeon song"; followed by is a simple, repeating, overly happy pattern that sounds as if it was made by playing on drinking glasses. Track 7 could perhaps be called 'Bad Kitty' as the five and a half minute long song consists merely of the repetition of the rhyme "no, kitty, no, no, bad." Both songs excel as a nuisance to others and, if repeated, as an excellent way to keep your mind in a constant state of la-la-land. Highly recommended listening for all red teletubbies! Du-du-durutu-duu-duu, duru-duru-du-dududu...

That leaves Servants of Satan, who had apparently been playing for at least 15 years before this 12" was released. Still, this is their debut release (unless there are some demo(s) that I don't know of). The music found herein is some kind of death'n'roll with an appeal that seems most aimed at the parts of the underground that understand irony. As an example of this irony, let's take a look at a quote from the inlay: "Much of their lyrics were sung in English, however some seemingly incomprehensible passages are thought by scholars of demonology to be, in fact, Demonic in origin. [...] they are reportedly planning a live tour across Norway and Guam sometime in the next year." Even so, the music they make is enjoyable beyond the mere parodying. And, surprisingly, 'Baalzebul' sounds evil enough to be envied by most black metal bands. The only low points of their side are the three last tracks, who are just test-recordings of the vocals and a short recording of what I guess to be the bandmembers talking amongst themselves. Servants of Satan's side sounds like a garage demo put on vinyl so I'm guessing that they just sent in the tape and even the rehearsal bits were included. Overall, though, this is good stuff.

This 12" has gotten to know my record player well by now and both sides are equally valued, though for different reasons. To understand my fascination for Sloth's side you have to be capable of enjoying disturbingly silly music, and Servants of Satan is an excellent example of a really good band from the Ohio underground. I'd like to end this by apologizing to the doomsters who read this review; there simply is no doom metal in this release at all. If you are looking for Sloth's doomy side, then I'd recommend you begin by looking for their 'A Whole Other World Of Fun AKA 13 Songs 13 Samples' compilation.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. [untitled]
2. [untitled]
3. [untitled]
4. [untitled]
5. [untitled]
6. [untitled]
7. [untitled]

Servants of Satan:
8. Pazuzu
9. Bile of Belial
10. Fraz-Urbluu Lord of Deception
11. Eee Yah
12. Lemure Blues
13. Baalzebul
14. The Dukes of Hell
15. The Dukes of Hell (radio edit)
16. When I

Duration : Approx. 37 minutes.

Visit the Servants of Satan bandpage.

Reviewed on 03-09-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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