Satan’s Fall – Final Day

Satan’s Fall are a Finnish heavy metal/speed metal group that perform in the vein of more classic groups like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest or even more contemporary artists like Airbourne. Their debut full length “Final Day” doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but it is a solid effort full of a great mix of rock and metal tracks that will definitely bring back the nostalgia of the late 80s and early 90s. The album kicks off with ‘Forever Blind’ which is a typical speed metal piece, chock full of riffs and catchy vocal lines. Other fast highlights include ‘There Will Be Blood’ which has a great chorus, but like many of the tracks the ‘speed’ part of it makes it go by so fast that it seems to end faster than it begins. Satan’s Fall seem to succeed best at their mid paced levels such as with ‘Retribution’ where while the riffs can get a little repetitive, the overall song is strong and accessible, able to appeal to newcomers easily of either rock or metal versus faster pieces like ‘Juggernaut.’

There are slower pieces too which take a darker turn and are more in the vein of artists like Iced Earth. ‘They Come Alive.’ The vocals are softer versus their usual higher pitched singing during most of it but the overall tone is much more engaging than on some of the faster tracks where they just seem to be as blistering as the riffs. The closing ‘Final Day’ that adds heaps of melody to start with, opening in a very different way compared to the other tracks. This one is probably the most ‘rock oriented’ piece on the album and lacks the most speed, but also stands out as one of the best tracks of the album. It is dark, foreboding, and embodies the elements of Satan’s Fall’s themes quite well, which follow the occult and typical brutal ideas like ‘Raining Blood’ (perhaps a nod to Slayer?).

Overall, while some of the songs can tend to blend together, this debut is worth a listen for anyone who enjoys metal along the lines of classic heavy metal or even power metal. The production is polished enough it doesn’t feel like a demo and the rather upbeat pace of the music versus some of the darker lyrics are rather fun to juggle, such as on ‘Retribution.’ It is a bit of the paradox, but when compared to similar groups like Satan’s Host who also follow dark lyrics with a rather upbeat heavy metal approach to it, there is a bit of fun when comparing the two. “Final Day” is just a good head banger that hopefully will not be the final album for Satan’s Fall.

3 / 5 STARS 

Reviewer: Colin McNamara

Nov 18, 2020

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Satan’s Fall – Final Day

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1. Forever Blind
2. Madness (Finds A Way)
3. They Come Alive
4. Retribution
5. Juggernaut
6. There Will Be Blood
7. The Flamekeeper
8. Final Day

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