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Satan's Hallow
The Horror EP

Company: Independent
Release: 2015
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Greg Watson
  • Old school quality



  • Satan's Hallow is a band that I was unsure what to expect. One thing I do know after listening to "The Horror EP" is that I'd sell my soul to hear more of this band. The EP is a mere two tracks but what those two tracks offer up is more than worth this tease of an EP. Opening track "The Horror" is a driving guitar based track with incredible vocals laid down by the band's singer Mandy Martillo. Finding the names of the band (Mandy - Vocals, Von Jugel - Guitar, Mendoza - Guitar, Poncho - Bass, Rüsty - Drums) pulled up everything from an urban legend in Ohio to a classic 1982 shoot-em up arcade game to a venue in Manchester, England. Mandy is a force of her own as she pulls you in and weaves her spell. She delivers the lyrics with feeling and power and really forces you to take notice of the story being woven through the lyrics.

    The music on the EP is an outstanding old school quality with the guitars sound and the rhythm they keep. Driving melodies, great riffing and some solid solos really add to the vocals and shine on their own. The rhythm section of the drums and bass provide some nice fill and gallop to keep things flowing along greatly. While "Satan's Hallow" is the longer of the two tracks, I find myself going back to "The Horror" and putting that one on repeat. It's catchy, well written and a great track to bang your head to. Please, please, please Satan's Hallow, put out a full-length album or some more tracks and don't leave me feeling "The Horror" of not having more music from this band to watch as they begin to crest the horizon and unleash their blazing shine on metaldom.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    The Horror EPSatan's Hallow
    2015
    Greg Watson4/13/2015


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    2017
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