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Satan's Children : Giant Gutter In Outer Space (Re-release)

The re-release of Satan's Children's 2013 debut serves up an entertaining slab of eclectic psychedelic Doom.

Satan's Children offer yet another mysterious entry into the Doom-metal archive, and a powerful one at that. The band hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, and aside from the names/track listings of two other albums they have put out, there really isn't any other information to go on. According to a Google search, the name is most likely derived from either a 1975 horror movie, a Witchfinder General album, or possibly both. 'Giant Gutter in Outer Space' is actually a rerelease of their debut album which first saw the light of day in 2013. Hopefully, they will gain more exposure this go around so that more of the community can be indoctrinated in their psychedelic, proto-metal inspired, mammoth sound.

The sound is big. That cannot be understated, and it should also be known that this album sounds its best when listened to through headphones. The foundation here is a solid, grindy slab of bass playing that would make Geezer Butler smile. Like Geezer, this bassist not only stays in the pocket, but also executes some interesting fills ala big, neck-spanning slides and syncopated, pentatonic runs. If only every band could pay attention and stop burying the bass. Luckily, though, Doom bands don't tend to be as guilty as, for instance, Metallica.

The first song prepares the listener for the ensuing trip, causing one to envision being seated in the front seat of a space ship, strapped in, and ready to take off. The album starts out with a calling effect, inviting the listener to come along and enjoy the ride. It is after this first track, though, that the album really takes off. The bass is still there, and the guitar seals the sound like audio wrapping paper. Utilizing tons of wah pedal, delay, and phaser, the guitar is able not only to stack riffs on top of the bass lines but also create syrupy motifs of analog goodness echoing from the right speaker to the left. To add to the psychedelic feel, some of the leads sound reminiscent of old school science fiction soundtracks. The middle of the album introduces some acoustic guitar, but there's no "tears in heaven" type of vibe for the band stays focused whether creating solid, heavy slabs of riff-driven tunes or trippy, psychedelic meanderings.

Satan's Children definitely convey the appropriate soundtrack to a 'Giant Gutter in Outer Space'. In the attempt to give a point of reference for their sound, it could be said that their starting point seems to begin with a Sabbath or Blue Oyster Cult nod, but their sound is so much more. Not only does the band incorporate the early metal or proto-metal sound of the aforementioned groups, but there is also some early 70s English glam vibes a l T. Rex which certainly spice things up. Though a bit more obscure, the album also favors the sound created by Dax Riggs and Mike Sanchez from Acid Bath when they formed their incredible, more traditional and mellow sequel to that band with Agents of Oblivion. Though Satan's Children at times allow their influences to be obvious and transparent, the band does so adequately, keeping a sound all their own. Powered by the rumbling bass, peppered with psychedelic guitar work and clean vocals, the gutter, sleaze is indeed apparent in its trip to outer space. Any fan of old school, riff-centric metal would find it a most welcome companion to enjoy that inter-galactic journey.

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. World of Gong
2. Use the Skull
3. 1%ers
4. Mind Tramps
5. Death Gypsy

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-02-25 by Chris Hawkins
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