Assaulter

Mongrel’s Cross – Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court Review

Mongrel’s Cross – Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court Review

“We’ve all been there. We’ve all strived to transcend weakness, to beat back the forces of oppression, to rip the fucking heart from the proverbial lion. Deströyer 666 use the motif of a wolf to convey this sense of power; fellow Australians Mongrel’s Cross use a dragon. Their 2012 debut The Sins of Aquarius was rife with such smoldering imagery, taking the Australian black thrash tapestry and soaking it in the grandiose swagger of Bathory’s Blood Fire Death. The result was both a personal favorite and one of the style’s most potent albums in recent years.” Dragons, Bathory and battles, oh my!

Deströyer 666 – Wildfire Review

Deströyer 666 – Wildfire Review

“Let me make my bias clear from the start: Deströyer 666 are my favorite band in the world. Not my favorite black-thrash band, not my favorite metal band, but my favorite band, period. Ever since discovering 2002’s Cold Steel… For an Iron Age, I’ve been a salivating fanboy for the group’s infectious melody, ripping thrash riffs, and triumphant progressions that develop into hooky, memorable songs which – unlike so much other extreme metal out there – never obfuscate themselves in a haze of incomprehensible fury or aimless blasting.” Fanboy Alert! Shelter in place and await further instructions.

Assaulter – Boundless Review

Assaulter – Boundless Review

An extreme metal super-group from down under? Intriguing eh mates? Assaulter is a slightly blackened thrash band featuring S. Berserker, formerly of Destroyer 666 on guitar, bass and vocals and Peter Hunt, formerly of Razor of Occam on drums. For the Australian extreme metal scene that’s pretty super indeed. Boundless is their second album under this moniker and it’s a hefty slice of good old fashioned thrashing lunacy with enough black metal and Middle Eastern influences to make them stand out from the likes of Legion of the Damned and their modern thrash brethren. After never hearing of these guys before, this impressed me enough that I felt compelled to track down the debut as well and I feel on solid ground saying they’re onto something here sound wise. It’s not reinventing the blackened thrash wheel or doing anything truly revolutionary but this is still some solidly ugly, brutal stuff and well executed at that.