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Review: King Satan – King Fucking Satan

In the past decade, metal and dance music have had a few interactions which, despite the fact that the genres naturally oppose one another, did work to a certain extent. There was Korn’s The Path of Tonality, where electronic noise-maker Skrillex got involved, and the surprising (and infamous) Illud Divinum Insanus by Morbid Angel. Despite all of this though, dance and extreme metal have generally stayed far from one another, two wildly different genres of music which could not possibly mix.

That was certainly the case until King Satan decided to ignore genre normality and create something entirely unique and different, something which is triumphantly displayed through their upcoming release King Fucking Satan.

The Finnish trio (featuring Martin Shemhamforash and Magister Demaniac) are responsible for creating a sound which is unlike everything else in both the dance and metal scenes. Imagine someone took Godflesh, sped it up, and made it less miserable, and you’d be on the right track to what King Satan is. At its core, King Fucking Satan consists of the ferocity and speed of extreme metal combined with the energy and hyper-activity of EDM, creating something which, by all accounts, shouldn’t work, but somehow manages to.

Within the album itself, there’s a lot of diversity in the style which King Satan play. “Sex Magick” is full of almost happy-sounding bouncy synth riffs and a fast-paced programmed drumtrack which you’d have a hard time keeping up with. This song explodes into being, with singer King Aleister Satan angrily shouting throughout the track, while a chirpy, joyous Kate Boss sings along in the chorus with the morbid message “We’re all gonna die!” (lovely to know).

At the polar opposite to this happy message on the inevitability of death, there is the slow (for an EDM-inspired band), melancholic penultimate track “Destroy the World or How To Combine Love and Misanthropy”. This track was my personal favourite on the album, as it acts as an example as to how King Satan are not simply an EDM group with a gothic aesthetic. The slow, almost funeral procession style of play, accompanied by Boss’ rather beautiful piano, collects together to show the diversity available on King Fucking Satan.

Though not necessarily the heaviest track on the album, the lead single “Satanized” is certainly the darkest. Aleister roars throughout this song, while the use of real alarm sounds mixed with Martin Shemhamforash’s synths wailing, creating a real feeling of panic and unrest. This is only heightened by the break around two thirds of the way through the song, where Boss screams and pleads for help, a truly unsettling addition to the track, yet one which only goes to amplify the horror aesthetic which King Satan strive to achieve.

For those brave enough, the music video once again furthers this sense of horror, showing clips of Christ being crucified, alongside stock footage of demons, and even Satan.

King Fucking Satan will be released on the 26th of May and is available to pre-order here.

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