Finlands doom merchants Sapata don’t waste any time in showing off their doom riffs on their debut album Satanibator as that is the first thing that strikes you as the albums first track Gobi kicks off. After a short intro, a memorable riff kicks in, announcing the bands intentions and that is quickly followed by the bands secret weapon, the powerful vocals of singer Saara Samane who demonstrates her wildly passionate voice with gusto.
That mixture of powerful riffs and those vocals goes a long way and propels the bands material admirably especially on songs like the bluesy doom of Styx, the crunching The Messenger and the strong groove of Sex Magick with Samanes soaring vocals elevating the doom laden soundscapes.
Those riffs courtesy of guitarist Felix Voltti are of course, a key part of the Sapata sound and he proves himself ably with an impressive display throughout the album (his solos when they appear are just as impressive as his riffs) and he, along with the rest of the band play their hearts out.
There are high points galore all through this album but the middle salvo of the songs MDD and Ararat has to rank the highest with both being mid paced powerhouses of tracks. The former is a hypnotic storm of a song with a crawling rhythm and some stirring vocals while the latter, whilst not initially sounding as heavy as anything else on the album is full on transfixing. A song that combines a bluesy goodness with a triumphant rock edge that is both catchy and heavy in its own way and is sublimely irresistible.
The album ends with the full throttle and aptly named Full Power, a song that is markedly different from the rest of the album but shows the range of material that the band can draw from and ends things on an energetic high.
Throughout this album, Sapata demonstrate their knack for writing catchy and memorable songs, they also have their own groove going and definitely have a fantastic combination of riffs and vocals on their side and if you are a fan of bands like Blood Ceremony, Purson and The Devils Blood then you will definitely find a lot to love on Satanibator.
Finlands Sapata combine heavy doom with anthemic rock to great effect on their debut album.