Court in the Act

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After nearly three years of climbing its way through the heavy metal underground, Newcastle, England-based Satan was all set to record its debut album for Neat Records. But then, in a move more common in the wide world of sports, they suddenly decided to make a trade, swapping vocalists with local act Avenger to land the talents of well-regarded free agent Brian Ross -- he of Blitzkrieg fame. Thus strengthened, the group proceeded to record what at the time surely ranked among the heaviest albums yet recorded -- even within the fast-evolving New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Indeed, 1983's Court in the Act bordered on the yet undefined style of thrash metal, thanks to ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After nearly three years of climbing its way through the heavy metal underground, Newcastle, England-based Satan was all set to record its debut album for Neat Records. But then, in a move more common in the wide world of sports, they suddenly decided to make a trade, swapping vocalists with local act Avenger to land the talents of well-regarded free agent Brian Ross -- he of Blitzkrieg fame. Thus strengthened, the group proceeded to record what at the time surely ranked among the heaviest albums yet recorded -- even within the fast-evolving New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Indeed, 1983's Court in the Act bordered on the yet undefined style of thrash metal, thanks to the frenetic speeds achieved in cuts like "Trial By Fire" and the amazing "Break Free." But the album also boasted more accessible and melodic mid-paced metal fare, putting great effort into the memorable melodies and choruses heard on "Broken Treaties," "Hunt You Down," and early-day favorite "Blades of Steel." The unusual decision to sequence two instrumental tracks "The Ritual" and "Dark Side of Innocence" back to back draws attention to the hyperactive lead guitar tandem of Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins as if that was even necessary, whose commanding performances throughout and frequent fretboard shredding competitions occasionally rival their heroes Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing of Judas Priest fame. Many years on, Court in the Act retains that strangely contradictory combination of compositional innocence and proto-thrash vision common to many NWOBHM bands, but, with the exception of Ross' painful falsetto punctuations here and there, the overall sound reaches across the decades in only slightly dated fashion. And for committed heavy metal enthusiasts, these qualities do nothing except enrich the final product, making this hard to find album well worth seeking out. [Roadrunner/Neat's 1997 reissue added three bonus cuts, including two rarities recorded just prior to Brian Ross' departure to rejoin Blitzkrieg.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • EAN: 5907785033894
  • Catalog Number: 1242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Into the Fire (1:46)
  2. 2 Trial by Fire (4:18)
  3. 3 Blades of Steel (5:16)
  4. 4 No Turning Back (4:01)
  5. 5 Broken Treaties (4:43)
  6. 6 Break Free (5:23)
  7. 7 Hunt You Down (3:30)
  8. 8 The Ritual (0:56)
  9. 9 Dark Side of Innocence (4:40)
  10. 10 Alone in the Dock (6:27)
  11. 11 Dynamo (4:04)
  12. 12 Pull the Trigger (5:10)
  13. 13 Break Free (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Satan Primary Artist
Ian Boddy Track Performer
Alan Hunter Vocals, Guest Appearance
Graeme English Bass, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar
Brian Ross Vocals
Russ Tippins Guitar
Brian Ross Vocals
Steve Ramsey Guitar
Sean Taylor Drums
Technical Credits
Satan Composer
Ramsey Composer
Tippins Composer
Yusman Osman Audio Production
Ross Composer
English Composer
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