Satan’s Host was a side project of the Jag Panzer vocalist Harry “Tyrant” Conklin, who used the name Leviathan Thisiren to fit the image of the band. He sang on the only official album called “Metal from Hell” as well as on the never released second album that was supposed to be named “Midnight Wind.” The band broke up in 1987/88 after Harry left to join Titan Force.
In 2010, Harry Conklin rejoined the band.
According to the Satan’s Host website, Satan’s Host recorded a full-length album in 2002 titled “Legions of the Fire Age,” that never saw an official release due to drummer A.C. (presumably Anthony Chavez) injuring his elbow and ankle which delayed the recording sessions and eventually caused his departure, along with the band’s inability to find a satisfactory drummer after the fact. It should be noted, however, that the CD was released in strict quantities, and according to the band, is incredibly difficult to find.
A live album was also released in 2001.
Satan’s Host 2011 release, By the Hands of the Devil, is by no means a black metal or death metal album. For some reason, the Web has this impression of Satan’s Host as being a black metal / death metal band since their reunion. This could not be further from the truth. While the sound is a little heavier that what we are accustomed to hearing from Jag Panzer, you still have the power metal vocals and riffs. You still have the chanting vocals in many instances. This is still pure power metal / classic metal.
Seeing as though some of my favorite bands are classic metal bands (Judas Priest, KISS among others), you would think that I would be more into Satan’s Host, but they are just not my cup of tea. I appreciate the riffs and find that the songs are structured well, but I am just not a fan of the power metal-style vocals and I cannot get over them. For a band that calls themselves Satan’s Host and releases an album entitled By the Hands of the Devil, you would expect some semblance of evil in their music and the vocals on most songs are anything but evil. Even their home page has an image of a baphomet pentagram sans the circle encasing the inverted pentagram.
The second track, Before the flame, does mix in some blastbeats and black metal vocals, but for the majority of the song, you have the power metal vocals and riffs, so the song kind of sounds like 8 minutes of not knowing which direction they want to go in. I am all for experimental music. I think that Mike Patton is a genius. Same goes for Devil Townsend. To me, Satan’s Host sounds like Jag Panzer without a solid direction.
I can see some promise in this album, but not much, and to tell you the truth, I doubt that I will give it enough listens to ever be able to truly get into it. I am not too sure that I could really recommend By the Hands of the Devil to anyone but Jag Panzer fans.