Satariel - _Lady Lust Lilith_
(Pulverized, 1998)
by: Brian Meloon (7 out of 10)
Not to be confused with Setherial [CoC #12 and #28], Satariel play post-At the Gates melodic Swedish death metal, similar in style to A Canorous Quintet [CoC #20 and #33], Arch Enemy [CoC #32], et al. For the most part, the album is straightforward melodic death metal: potent, but not terribly original. Unfortunately, therein lies their greatest weakness; there's not a lot to differentiate this from others doing the same style. They do add the occasional atmospheric touch, some subtle keyboards, and a few melodic sections which remind me of Borknagar's _The Olden Domain_, but most of the album is pretty standard. The vocals mostly vary between grunted and half-screamed. There are a few sections with clean vocals, but they're a weak point, as the vocals are a little flat, and they're sung over-dramatically. Luckily, they aren't overused, so they don't detract too much from the overall sound of the band. Other than those parts, it's very well done: the playing is great, with some very good drumming, and the production (done at Sunlight) is excellent. One final note to make is that they include a cover of Eucharist's "Greeting Immortality". Overall, this is a very good album, and fans of this style will surely enjoy it, but these guys are definitely not breaking any new ground with this album.

(article published 1/10/1998)

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