9/10 Mike Staff review, 10 October 2013
This lot Satan’s Satyrs haven’t been going for long but they’ve been raising eyebrows with their brand of unhinged and pounding biker sludge on a series of limited EPs and now they finally unleash their debut LP ‘Wild Beyond Belief!’ with a sleeve which looks recalls the likes of ‘Werewolves On Wheels’ and old surf/hotrod classics by bands like Davie Allen & The Arrows (who get a nod in the press release for influencing the band’s fuzz-drenched sound).
Listening to the record, though, it strikes me that Satan’s Satyrs don’t owe debts to the old surf bands nearly so much as The Stooges, Electric Wizard, early Dwarves and Uncle Acid - the songs are fast and the guitars, bass and drums are all distorted and mushed together in a horrible filthy rumble which drives the songs along tirelessly while the singer rants and babbles over the top like King Buzzo getting drunk and telling a room full of suit and tie fucks what he really thinks of them. It’s the kind of distortion level where it kind of gets in the way of the songs a little bit in places, like the first High On Fire album, but that’s part of the fun, right? I like this, it’s not trying to be clever, a lumbering testosterock gut-punch that’s not showered in, like, at least a week.
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