"Nightsatan And the Loops of Doom"

By Dr. Abner Mality

The radiation count is pretty high today and the sandstorms are starting to kick up again. You better come inside my bunker for the next few hours until things blow least the mutants haven't been too bad lately. We'll kill the next few hours watching a movie..."Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom". Yep, it's a film starring those mysterious wasteland warriors and synthesizer wizards Nightsatan...

Nightsatan have got to be one of the weirdest groups ever to be covered here at Wormwood. And you know that covers a lot of ground! These three enigmatic Finns come from a world after a nuclear holocaust, the same kind of world popularized in "The Road Warrior" and its many cheap Italian knockoffs. But despite their name, don't expect pounding metal or even rock n roll from these nomads. Instead, they play 100% synth-based soundtrack music like what you would hear in a John Carpenter flick or one of those 80's "after the bomb" movies. Virtually no guitar, no vocals. This cult act has now conjured a short film "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom" full of sex, gore and synths. Here is the soundtrack.

I must say, it is often more restrained than I thought it would be. I imagined something more chaotic and driving, more industrial. But no, the tones are generally more eerie and sparse, driven by skeletal electronic beats. That will take some adjustment, especially if you're used to hard and heavy rock. But the riffs are still there and they are pretty catchy. Best thing about Nightsatan's approach here is that all the songs do have their own identity and they travel through a variety of styles. "Battle Knights" is pulsing and driving, "Of Wolf and Rami" is kind of dark and dangerous (it's dedicated to the feral skull-faced member of Nightsatan), "Nightmare in the Night/Doomsday Judgement" has a powerful and ominous theme. It is real soundtrack music. "Echo of a Dying World" is slow and sweetly melancholy, a kind of dirge for the nuclear wasteland.

I personally would have preferred a sound that's a bit huger and more layered, but "Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom" is strangely compelling. I recommend seeing the movie if you're into post-apocalyptic film, the soundtrack makes more sense then, but even if you aren't able to see it. But this sountrack stands by itself.

Oh great, the mutants are banging on the gate again....