Album Review – Pekla / Boogie With Satan (2020)

It’s time to boogie with a rebellious Heavy N’ Roll squad from Lithuania, rocking until you drop to the sound of their electrifying new album.

Founded in 2010 in Šiauliai, a city in northern Lithuania, by members of the distinct local underground bands Stranger Aeons (Progressive Metal), Argharus (Black Metal) and Virus (Hard N’ Heavy), the unrelenting five-piece act known as Pekla, which by the way means “heck” in English, plays what can be described as a fusion of Heavy and Speed Metal with a Rock N’ Roll attitude, drawing inspiration from iconic bands like Motörhead, Tank and Venom with a touch of social critique to their lyrics. Now in 2020 the band currently formed by Mindaugas Jurkevičius on vocals, Marius and Rokas Girčius on the guitars, Gytis Šimkevičius on bass and Justinas Jakubauskas on drums is unleashing upon us Boogie With Satan, the fourth full-length effort in their up-and-coming career. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Lapės Records by Laurynas Baškys, and featuring a beyond direct artwork by Gintarė Narga and an array of guest musicians form the local scene, Boogie with Satan goes straight to the point, sounding fast, acid and fun from start to finish.

Featuring lead guitar solos by Juozapas Bočkus (Alcotopia), #rapidez is a Motörhead-infused Punk-ish feast of demented beats and pulverizing riffs led by the inebriate vocals by Mindaugas, inviting us all to slam into the mosh pit like there’s no tomorrow, followed by Goddamn Suicide Zombies, bringing to our ears more of their frantic, visceral Rock N’ Roll blended with 80’s Speed Metal, with Marius and Rokas doing a great job with their incendiary riffage, resulting in a great option for breaking your neck headbanging while also enjoying a cold beer. Back to a more insane sonority, guests Lina Vaštakaitė and Paulius Navickas from Phrenetix lend their guitars skills to the band in Scrollers, while Mindaugas and Lina keep barking rabidly for our total delight, whereas in the rhythmic, dark and metallic The Game the unstoppable Gytis is kicking ass with his bass jabs, accompanied by the venomous beats by Justinas in a heavier-than-hell Rock N’ Roll extravaganza. And guests Matas Jančauskas and Minvydas Bindokas from Tručas are on fire with their respective deranged screams and sick guitar solos in The Tube Is Red, a frantic display of classic Heavy and Speed Metal by Pekla.

It’s definitely impossible to stand still to the adrenaline and fire flowing from the scorching title-track Boogie With Satan, where Marius and Rokas sound like two sharp swords slashing everything and everyone that crosses their path with their guitars, while the band puts the pedal to the metal in another high-octane metal hymn titled The Stuff, featuring guest solos by Jurgis Sakalauskas from Cunabula, sounding like Megadeth and Motörhead had a bastard son baptized in fire by Slayer and The Exploited, or in other words, it exhales pure heaviness and electricity. Then let’s all go to school and crush our skulls into the pit together with Pekla in School Of Rock’n’Roll, where Mindaugas’ roars are nicely supported by the song’s Punk Rock backing vocals while Justinas dictates the rhythm with both his fast and furious drums and more rhythmic, intricate beats; and guest Kostas Balčiūnas from Cunabula also fires a sick guitar solo in Swype Rite, while guest vocalist Domantas Žvinys from Orb brings a touch of rebelliousness to their music. In addition, Gytis is once again precise with his bass, showcasing all his dexterity with his low-tuned strings. Albeit not as electrifying as the rest of the album, it’s still a very enjoyable composition, flowing smoothly before the sinister outro …and Cut puts a sinister ending to such vibrant album of rock and metal music.

You can explode your ears with the inebriate and insurgent Boogie with Satan in full on Spotify, follow Pekla on Facebook, on Instagram and on YouTube, and of course purchase this precious gem of Lithuanian Heavy N’ Roll from the band’s own BandCamp page, from the Inferna Profundus Records’ webstore or from Discogs, supporting underground metal not only from Lithuania but from anywhere else in the world where the words “heavy” and “fast” always make a delicious combination. If you have what it takes to boogie with the guys from Pekla, then Boogie with Satan is a must-have album to be added to your collection, inspiring you to headbang, drink and rock until you drop and, consequently, making your life slightly better.

Best moments of the album: #rapidez, Scrollers and The Stuff.

Worst moments of the album: Swype Rite.

Released in 2020 Independent

Track listing
1. #rapidez 2:23
2. Goddamn Suicide Zombies 3:53
3. Scrollers 3:15
4. The Game 4:38
5. The Tube Is Red 3:20
6. Boogie With Satan 2:51
7. The Stuff 3:13
8. School Of Rock’n’Roll 3:22
9. Swype Rite 4:23
10. …and Cut 2:30

Band members
Mindaugas Jurkevičius – vocals
Marius Godelis – guitars
Rokas Girčius – guitars
Gytis Šimkevičius – bass
Justinas Jakubauskas – drums

Guest musicians
Juozapas Bočkus – lead guitars on “#rapidez”
Lina Vaštakaitė – lead guitars and vocals on “Scrollers”
Paulius Navickas – lead guitars on “Scrollers”
Matas Jančauskas – lead vocals on “The Tube Is Red”, backing vocals on “The Tube Is Red” and “Boogie With Satan”
Minvydas Bindokas – lead guitars on “The Tube Is Red”
Jurgis Sakalauskas – lead guitars on “The Stuff”
Kostas Balčiūnas – lead guitars on “Swype Rite”
Domantas Žvinys – lead vocals on “Swype Rite”, backing vocals on “#rapidez”, “Goddam Suicide Zombies”, “Scrollers”, “The Stuff”, “School Of Rock’n’Roll” and “Swype Rite”

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