baphomets blood coverSay what you want about Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem (yes, it has a slower pace and an obviously rushed editing job) but I still enjoy the hell out of that movie. Honestly, how can you go wrong with a bunch of naked witches praying to Satan around a campfire or Zombie’s wife being somehow impregnated while holding the devil’s tentacle thingys? That’s the sort you shit that will haunt me to my grave. Where am I going with this? Well, when you spin the opening track to In Satan We Trust, you’ll instantly be greeted by Meg Foster’s creepy-ass voice summoning forth our beloved, goat-head beast. For me, those initial seconds set the fanboyism-a-boilin’ in my beer gut—partly from the sound clip, but mostly due to my love for Baphomet’s Blood. After nearly seven years on hiatus, Baphomet’s Blood have returned (minus S.V. Goat Necromancer) with booze in their beards, blood on their jackets, shovels on their shoulders, and eyes set on murdering lawns-o’-plenty as only Motörhead could do. Fans will be pleased with the commotion and newbies will wonder why Hells Headbangers didn’t pick these guys up – seriously, they fit right in with Midnight and the sadly defunct Speedwolf. Nevertheless, if released by HHR or Iron Bonehead, the recipe for In Satan We Trust would remain the same: stir booze, Satan, and speed together until incorporated, bake for forty minutes, and serve. Repeat as needed.

Baphomet’s Blood kicked off their Motörhead-meets-Venom desecration with 2006’s Satanic Metal Attack and, since then, these Italian inverted-cross bearers have improved greatly with each successive release. By Second Strike (a must have for lovers of the style), Necrovomiterror’s vocals took on gruffier Lemmyisms, the production became “cleaner,” and the riffs became heavier and heavier. Always fun, always consistent, Baphomet’s Blood bring in the New Year with some of their strongest material yet.

As mentioned, opener “Command of the Inverted Cross” begins with the Satanic prayer from Lords of Salem before transitioning into one of the heaviest chugs the band has ever written. This charging riff bridges the gap between elderly campfire nudity and the band’s traditional Satanic Motörhead sound. This eight-minute “epic” is a God-defying rocker; sporting nasty riffs, an in-your-face chorus, and some killer solo work. “Command of the Inverted Cross” is never quite topped in “grandiosity” or length, but the Cronos-inspired chorus of the title track and the crushing “Infernal Overdrive” try their damnedest. “Infernal Overdrive” opens with chunky, raw riffs robbed straight from I‘s Between Two Worlds before dive-bombing into mid-paced gallops that make Budweiser’s Clydesdales look like sissies.

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After Jack Nicholson’s toast to D.H. Lawrence, “Whiskey Rocker” passes around a fifth of bourbon to better amplify the effects of your amphetamine overdose. This song is fast,  simple, and rocks your socks off. Though similar in approach to “Whisky Rocker,” “Hellbreaker” holds the torch for most addictive chorus and the heavy-metal attitude of “Elég” makes it the best closer the band never wrote. In typical Baphomet’s Blood fashion, the band concludes this release with a cover; in this case, a catchy ditty from the Hungarian band, Fáráo. Baphomet’s Blood takes the song’s simple, heavy-metal structure and dips it in battery acid. The song’s core is intact, but the intro’s aggression and the spontaneity of the full-band chorus lift it up—or drop it down—to the level needed.

Having In Satan We Trust hit my desk at the exact time of Lemmy’s passing was both a blessing and a curse. Ever since that sad day I’ve been alternating this with Motörhead releases like they were going out of style; appreciated the latter more than ever and falling in the love with the former.

But, for how much I love In Satan We Trust, it’s not a perfect one. The compression, for instance, feels like six-feet of dirt sitting on your chest, and numbers like “Underground Demons” and “Triple Six” don’t quite have the same punch as the other tunes on the album. Thankfully, the production doesn’t obliterate the experience, and these weaker songs are actually quite enjoyable. So, if you’re in need of a speed fix or you have an itch for a quick-and-dirty midnight desecratio, then put your trust in Bapomet’s Blood. “In God We Trust?” Fuck no. In Satan We Trust.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: 128 kbps mp3
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions

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  • lennymccall

    Saw a Motorhead mention, mind jumped straight to Midnight and Speedwolf. Yep they’re mentioned so now I have to listen to this. Also WTF is up with Mr Meany Short arms there?!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Gotta love Speedwolf.

    • Mr Meany Short’s trying to land a job as Def Leppard drummer ;)

  • Is that Jim Martin in the picture??

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    2016’s band photos have been way too damn good. Any satanists here know if sunglasses are compulsory for praising the dark lord, or is satan cool with me not owning any?

    Brilliant review, doc!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Thanks very much!

      Get some sunglasses…

      • Monsterth Goatom

        All good Satanists wear their sunglasses at night.

  • Wilhelm

    I was hoping that dude on the far right was a chick.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Nice…

    • Monsterth Goatom

      But it is a woman, isn’t it? Not joking; don’t know who’s in the band.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Yes, it is a woman.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    DR 4 is a bummer. How does the compression compare with their earlier releases? Maybe I’ll start with Second Strike, as these guys are new to me.

    That movie sounds interesting. I’ve been reading the Sandman Slim series over the last few years, and I keep meaning to write down the names of all the campy horror movies name-dropped in the books.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      The compression is pretty similar throughout all their albums. This one is particularly loud. It’s also much cleaner than previous albums (I’m sure they go hand-in-hand). I love Second Strike. That baby is a classic to me.

      I need to check out Sandman Slim but, yeah, Lords of Salem is interesting. I have a whole new love for that witch scene because of this album :)

      • Monsterth Goatom

        I’m streaming the new release now. The compression doesn’t seem as bad as the latest Baroness release (shame about that one), but I see what you mean. The inclusion of a movie scene calls to mind Belphegor’s Conjuring the Dead, with its snippets from some old witches flick (not sure which one). It’s a cool effect.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Sometimes samples work. In this case, I think it does.

          And that Baroness album… sigh…

        • basenjibrian

          I always like the snippets on INQUISITION albums (LOL)

          • Monsterth Goatom

            There’s a snippet from Jim Jones in Vehemence’s Forward Without Motion. Is that the one you were thinking of?

          • basenjibrian

            Nah. Spiritual Front’s album OPEN WOUNDS

      • basenjibrian

        Sandman Slim is amazing. I actually met Richard Kadrey at a book signing, and he is much more mellow than his cover photos would suggest (LOL).
        Have to admit the last volume in the series was the weakest. Badly need editing-a little discombobulated and the tone was off. Still a fun read, but only a 2.5 versus the 3.5-4.5 of the other volumes!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Cool! I’m on it.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          By “last volume”, you mean Killing Pretty? I see there’s another one – The Perdition Score – set for release this June. I’m on Getaway God now, and, holy shit, looks like I missed Devil in the Dollhouse (though I guess that’s just a short story).

          • basenjibrian

            That is the one. First volume in the series that I was…disappointed…with.
            Getaway God was pretty epic, though!

          • Monsterth Goatom

            I’m enjoying it. And even though I don’t own a bike, I wouldn’t mind taking the Hellion Hog for a spin!

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    Music is significantly better than that cover implies.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      I love that cover!

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        I agree.

  • ZEbyiUWvbe

    Motörhead meets Venom? Sounds wonderful! Embedded track is great, I’ll be sure to check out this band. Thanks dr. Grier!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      No problem. Some goddamn fun stuff. Enjoy!

    • Monsterth Goatom

      Really like the vocal work. Lemmy lives on in Necrovomiterror!

    • ZEbyiUWvbe

      It seems that this album will only be available on vinyl? Trve kvlt…

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Satan asked me if he could borrow 200 € once and two weeks later he paid me back. I can attest to his trustworthiness.

  • Fraser Hood

    While I hate to be off topic, there is no obvious “tell us why our website sucks” link (this is where you think “what an idiot it’s literally right there”), so this seems like as good a place as any to bring this up.

    The review text seems to be both right and left (center?) justified, which is great. Excellent. Very clean. Except in the segment of the review next to the album art. There isn’t enough space there for the browser to effectively space the text when longer words are used and it creates annoyingly wide spaces between the words. Please consider fixing.

    I should explain that I am occasionally forced to dabble in web design, and, imo, the current formatting seems a tad sloppy.

    Please feel free to think of me as an arrogant, self righteous, asshole who doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about and ignore me. I’ll visit the site regardless.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Yep, it appears so. So picky… :)

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “the current formatting seems a tad sloppy.” The one critique I see and see as a problem with small screens and am not really sure how to fix. But I spend quite a lot of time thinking about formatting on the website and feel personally offended by vague aspersions of “sloppiness.”