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SATAN- Into the Fire Demo Tape (selfproduced, UK, 1982)

Satan_demo_coverSatan_cassetteAfter some compilation appearance and of course the super great 7″ (“Kiss of Death”, b/w “Heads will roll”), Tyneside’s SATAN decided to fire the original singer Trev Robinson and replaced him with Ian Swift in order to record a demo of newer material. “Into the Fire” was designed to draw attention from bigger labels and it was Neat Records who immediately offered the band a one LP deal. The band realized they had once again to change the vocalist and hired former BLITZKRIEG singer Brian Ross – one of the best in the Metal circuit, no doubt. The resulting “Court in the Act” album can with every right in the world be called a milestone of the emerging NWOBHM movement. It’s one of these rare wonders that after 25 years upon release, when you put em on, they immediately take you back in time. “Court in the Act” was very modern, fresh and innovative sounding back then and I never quite understood why not everybody of my friends loved it as much as I did. Up to this day, SATAN have never quite gotten out of the underground niché they were put in.

What I love about “Into the Fire” is its rawness. Take for instance the incredible, absolutely smoking guitar intro part at the beginning of “Trial by Fire” – you will notice that it sounds quite a bit different here from the album version. Same goes for the other songs – they’re mostly a bit slower and yes, the vocals are definitely nowhere near the utter beauty of Ross’s singing. If it only wasn’t for the track “Pull the Trigger” which is a real drag, music- and vocal-wise. That could have easily be left off and we would have had one flawless tape.

Thanks to Selwyn Rochard, the Lord of Metal!

Delete all your old files of this tape and download the entire “Into the Fire” Demo here (.zip file) in top sound quality.


  1. Geoff the Buff

    To me this is simply THE nwobhm demo. I ordered it from the band after I read about it in Kerrang! and received it along with some stickers and a nice letter. Somewhere along the way, I lost it and I’m so happy to find it here my friend!


    Patrik J Reply:

    Do you by any chance still have the stickers and the letter somewhere? I collect SATAN stuff and would love to at least see those. ; )


    Posted on 22-Aug-09 at 21:53 | Permalink
  2. blitzkrieg karl

    thanxxxxxxxx for this ubertape!

    regarding heavy rotation: the river ARE the best and the singer is such a cutie 😀


    Posted on 22-Aug-09 at 22:17 | Permalink
  3. Thanks for posting this! My copy got all warbly and unplayable a few years ago. Curse the limited shelf life of the audio cassette!


    Posted on 23-Aug-09 at 06:22 | Permalink
  4. chano

    AH AH AH!!! A metal band called SATAN… It’s like the japanese punk band called ANARCHY… Very original! 🙂


    Posted on 25-Aug-09 at 09:38 | Permalink
  5. I'm into Satan

    Many thanks for posting this. I downloaded Court in the Act not too long ago and was really floored, so it’s interesting to hear how they evolved to get to that point. It’s not just that the songs are faster on the LP, the drumming is different too.


    Posted on 25-Aug-09 at 21:30 | Permalink
  6. Par

    Ojojoj, this is so great I almost shit in my pants listening to it. Super great upload, the vocals are so unbelivible great I cannot belive it.


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 19:05 | Permalink
  7. Glad you like it, Pär. At least you enjoy this, sob. Fucking barbarians, haha.


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 19:27 | Permalink
  8. Hail Satan.


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 19:28 | Permalink
  9. --^^--

    Regarding your playlist: That’s a joke, right? You don’t REALLY like Franz Ferdicunt!


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 19:56 | Permalink
  10. Par

    FFs debut is a true dance record, very good and catchy stuff


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 20:47 | Permalink
  11. “Cunt Ferdinand” wou,ld sound better 😉 – well, I certainly agree with Pär. It’s one great, moving post-post-postpunk album, catchy and tight, with nice melodies and a good dose of power. Certainly love it, why shouldn’t I.


    Posted on 27-Aug-09 at 21:09 | Permalink
  12. What's the Truth?

    Excellent post! Thanks, I’d been looking for a decent quality version of this for ages. I never realized this one had a diff. singer on it.

    I think you’re right about Court in the Act. Even now, many people like it, but can’t seem to get into it the same way as they can some other NWOBHM. I can’t express why, but I think it may have something to do with the riffing…it’s not quite as catchy or straightforward as others, at least in my opinion. Something about them is more winding and thoughtful. Personally, it’s one of my favs…


    Posted on 28-Aug-09 at 03:13 | Permalink
  13. I share your opinion, WTT. CITA is a rather complex affair, quite technical and playful. Plus the band’s image always puzzled me: What is “Satan” in their concept? I doubt they refer to the biblical figure. Just look at the lyrics which often deal with war and murder – and the graphics, with the dominant nuclear mushroom. Quite clever, indeed, and very much not like a Punk naming itself “Anarchy”, like Chano said.


    Posted on 28-Aug-09 at 14:29 | Permalink
  14. Iakov

    Thanks, i will follow your advice


    Posted on 02-Sep-09 at 06:54 | Permalink
  15. akira

    I think that Ian Swift (Avenger) is greatand IMO he is beter than Ross. I like him more than Brian Rossand , and this is the best recording of them together with Blind Fury record


    Posted on 14-Sep-09 at 11:33 | Permalink
  16. Aaron

    Wow this is great! the guy from Avenger on vocals! great demo thanks for it! cheers


    Posted on 21-Nov-10 at 10:11 | Permalink
  17. Nathan G

    This is awesome – and the tunes that got me into metal – again!


    Admin Reply:

    No wonder this band got you back into Metal. 🙂


    Posted on 08-May-11 at 20:01 | Permalink
  18. HS

    First CD i ever bought was the Into the Future/Suspended Sentence double release. Great album and I’m still looking for there stuff 20 years later. James Hetfield is a fan too. Dig the patch on his jacket:


    Posted on 01-Nov-12 at 17:08 | Permalink

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