Stream - Pentagram Chile

The Death of Satan

posted on 11/2013   By: Andrew Edmunds

Good things come to those who wait.

This particular Pentagram was formed in Santiago, Chile, nearly thirty years ago, inspired by the early greats in Venom and Possessed. In their eight-year first run, they recorded only one 7-inch single and several demos, but those recordings proved to be enough. Spread internationally through the underground tape-trading network, those demos influenced future generations of extreme metallers and kept the band's legacy intact, even as geography and bad luck caused them to fold in the very early 1990s.

Flash forward a decade, and a long-overdue CD release of those demos led to the band's reunion, and now, another decade-plus after that, Pentagram Chile has officially added their homeland to their name (out of respect for Bobby Liebling and company, but also, likely since they were forever going to be called that, anyway) and they've actually released a full-length record, their first ever.

And it's worth the wait. The Malefice is a fun one, with the band's typical Master-like blend of early death metal and crazed thrash. We're proud to offer up a teaser of The Malefice, the opening track "The Death Of Satan." These riffs are simple, sharp, and strong; the tempos shift perfectly, from slicing tremolo-picking to chunky swaggering half-times. This is the sound of one of death metal's earliest progenitors crawling forth from the grave to finally get its due.

But, hey, don't take my word for it. Listen for yourself:

Guitarist/vocalist Anton Reisenegger comments on the song:

"'The Death of Satan' is one of the most complex songs on the album. I really love the fact that you never know where it's going to take you next, musically speaking. It also has all the trademarks of our old demo material, but I think it sounds fresh and is totally relevant for today's metal scene, where artificial speed and technical trickery has become more important than real feeling. Lyrically, I think no one is shocked by satanic themes anymore, so I thought we might as well shock the metal community by proclaiming the Death of Satan. But the lyrics are actually about the philosophical contradiction and artificial construct that is the notion of good against evil."

The Malefice was released to North American audiences today via Metal Blade Records

TAGGED Death,Thrash