- NWOBHM, NEAT Records

"Satan: Court in the Act" unfolds its legendary status on the NWOBHM scene through the UK Neat 12" LP Vinyl Album. As the debut full-length release by the British heavy metal band Satan, this album is a cornerstone of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Formed in 1979 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, the band has occasionally shape-shifted under different monikers, adding layers of intrigue to their musical journey. "Court in the Act" remains a testament to Satan's enduring impact on the metal landscape.


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Album Description:

In the heart of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) explosion of the early 1980s, Newcastle-based band SATAN released their debut album, "Court in the Act." This 1983 LP, released on NEAT Records, stands as a pivotal moment in the genre's history.

Historical Context Emerging amidst a wave of British heavy metal bands, SATAN found themselves in a vibrant musical landscape. Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and Saxon were already making waves, but the NWOBHM movement provided a platform for countless bands to explore their own unique take on heavy metal. SATAN's "Court in the Act" captured the raw energy and unbridled passion that defined the movement.

Musical Exploration "Court in the Act" is a masterclass in NWOBHM songwriting. The album's ten tracks are a relentless assault of powerful riffs, soaring vocals, and intricate guitar harmonies. Songs like "Trial by Fire," "Blades of Steel," and "Broken Treaties" showcase the band's ability to blend aggression with melody, creating a sound that is both heavy and accessible. Brian Ross's distinctive vocals, ranging from soaring highs to gritty lows, add another layer of depth to the music.

Controversies The album's title, "Court in the Act," and its demonic imagery on the cover art, stirred some controversy upon its release. However, this controversy only added to the album's mystique and appeal, solidifying its place in heavy metal lore.

Production Team The album was produced by the band themselves, along with engineer Keith Nichol. This DIY approach allowed SATAN to maintain creative control over their sound, resulting in a raw and authentic recording that perfectly captured their live energy.

Album Cover Designer The album's iconic cover art, depicting a demonic figure presiding over a court, was designed by Andrew Warwick and Bill Colwell. The artwork perfectly complemented the album's dark and heavy themes, becoming a visual representation of the band's sound.

Music Genre:

Heavy Mtal / NWOBHM 

Album Production Information:

The album: "SATAN Court in The Act UK NEAT" was produced by: Yusman Osman

Yusman "Stoch" Osman - Sound Engineer

J. Craig Titchinson - Sound Engineer

Andrew Warwick - Album Cover Design ( Andrew Warwick a sound engineer, album cover artwork designer from the United Kingdom. During the 1980s he has worked on Heavy Metal albums of "Tygers of Pan Tang", Anvil, Satan, Savage, Jaguar, "Thin Lizzy" , "Rock Goddess", "Quiet Riot".)

Bill Colwell - Sleeve Art

Record Label Information:

NEAT 1012

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

1983 Made in UK
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SATAN Court in The Act UK NEAT
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bass, Guitar – Graeme English
  • Drums – Sean Taylor
  • Guitar – Russ Tippins, Steve Ramsey
  • Vocals – Brian Ross
Complete Track-listing of the album "SATAN Court in The Act UK NEAT"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SATAN Court in The Act UK NEAT" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Into The Fire 1:44
  2. Trial By Fire 4:48
  3. Blades Of Steel 5:22
  4. No Turning Back 3:58
  5. Broken Treaties 4:43
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Break Free 5:19
  2. Hunt You Down 3:26
  3. The Ritual 4:58
  4. Dark Side Of Innocence 1:12
  5. Alone In The Dock 6:23
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Satan: The Iconic British Heavy Metal Band That Revolutionized the Genre

SATAN Band Information:

Satan is a British Heavy Metal band that was formed in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, in 1979. The band is known for its aggressive and fast-paced music, which has made them one of the most influential bands in the Heavy Metal genre.

The band was formed by guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, who were joined by drummer Sean Taylor, bassist Graeme English, and vocalist Brian Ross. The band's name was inspired by the controversy surrounding the Heavy Metal genre at the time, with many people accusing the music of being Satanic.

Satan released their first album, "Court in the Act," in 1983. The album was a critical and commercial success, and it established the band as one of the leading acts in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement. The album features some of the band's most well-known songs, such as "Trial By Fire," "Blades of Steel," and "Break Free."

The band's second album, "Suspended Sentence," was released in 1987. The album was a departure from the band's previous sound, featuring a more melodic and progressive style. The album was well-received by critics, but it did not achieve the same commercial success as the band's first album.

Satan disbanded in 1988, but the members continued to play music in other projects. In 2011, the band reformed and released a new album, "Life Sentence," in 2013. The album was well-received by both fans and critics, and it marked a return to the band's classic sound.

Satan's music is characterized by its fast and aggressive guitar riffs, powerful vocals, and intricate song structures. The band's lyrics often deal with themes of rebellion, anti-authoritarianism, and the occult. The band's music has been cited as an influence by many Heavy Metal bands, including Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth.

Satan's influence on Heavy Metal is evident in the fact that the band's music has been covered by many other artists, and the band's logo has become iconic within the genre. The band's influence can also be seen in the popularity of the NWOBHM movement, which helped to revitalize the Heavy Metal genre in the 1980s. 

SATAN - Court in The Act

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NEAT 1012 , 1983 , United Kingdom

"Court in the Act" is the first official full-length album by the British (NWOBHM) Heavy Metal band: SATAN. .

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SATAN - Suspended Sentence

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Steamhammer – SH 0069 , 1987 , Germany

"Suspended Sentence" was Satan's last album before they changes their band-name in "Pariah".

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PARIAH - Blaze Of Obscurity album front cover vinyl record

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