SATANI: MIND OF FLESH & BONES
CD: Cold Spring CSR63CD 
Satani was started in 1990 by Swedish duo Mikael Stravostrand (Inanna)
and Tomas Petersson (Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio) who created their music
heavily influenced by the Devil’s Rejects Aleister Crowley and Mr
Church of Satan himself Anton La Vey. The project ending far too prematurely
with the 1996 recording "The Righteous Way to Completion" on
Cold Spring records (long deleted) although there was a later release
of rarities put out on CMI titled "Of Gospels Lost and Forsaken"
in 2002. As usual trying to find out more about their releases becomes
a perplexing / frustrating affair as they don’t have a website dedicated
to them so a full discography is unknown to me. This is the 6th release
in my collection I have of theirs… but they may have released others.
It can become a minefield trying to tie up loose ends information wise
so my apologies all round for any factual inaccuracies with regards to
their recording output.
"Mind of Flesh & Bones" is a timely re-release of a 5 track
recording originally recorded and released in 1993 on the Staalplaat Record
label, and long since deleted. Timely because here is an act worthy of
serious re-evaluation in the days when the term Death Industrial is overused
to breaking point. To some they are the forefathers of this apocalyptic
noise style. The founding voices so often copied but never bettered. You
could argue otherwise but it would be petty and churlish to do so. Best
to give them their dues and say that their influences have spread far
and wide amongst a variety of artists / groups. Cold Spring finally brings
this seminal / essential recording back into the public domain for re-evaluation
and discussion and what a wonderful aural treat to the ears it is.
The music on "Mind of Flesh & Bones" is an intense and claustrophobic
journey akin to walking unexpectedly into a black mass being enacted within
some dark and dank dungeon. Visceral voices growl and threaten and bells
toll mournfully as satanic black electronics swirl around hither and thither
over echoing clanking beats. A subterranean voyage of the damned. The
coldness of the electronics matched only by the harshness of the accompanying
sounds. The music touching on the darkest, vilest thoughts of man where
angels fear to tread. A nightmare vision fully realised in uncompromising
hell spawned music. The sounds bringing a terrifying sense of fear and
loathing to the fore.
Fans of MZ412, Atrium Carceri, Megaptera and their ilk won’t be
disappointed by this release. "Mind of Flesh & Bones" is
everything you could possibly want or desire from a recording that magnificently
conjures up feelings of impending doom and desolation. The fact that Archon
Satani remain inactive as a project only highlights how much of their
past recordings demand respect from one and all. Cold Spring are to be
congratulated for making this recording from these dark pioneers once
more available so you have no excuses to miss out on this tour de force
of a recording. Revisiting the past reaps the appropriate sonic rewards.
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