Vorfeed.net B.M. Reviews - Assaulter - Proselytiser

Artist: Assaulter
Album Title: Proselytiser
Label: self-released

This is the first demo from Assaulter, an Australian band featuring an ex-member of Destroyer 666. They play mid-paced black/thrash/heavy metal.

Musically, this band is quite similar to Destroyer 666, as might be expected. The three songs on this album are epic, thrash-tinged stompers with plenty of solos. The demo is mostly mid-paced, with a few moments of speed here and there. I'll review each song separately.

The album starts off with a sample from "Dune", which leads into "By the Sign", a rather slow-paced track full of heavy-metal riffing and solos. The vocals here are especially powerful.

"Burning Front" speeds things up a bit, with a ripping main riff and vicious vocals. The thrash influence shows up a lot on this track -- it sounds like it could have been taken from Destroyer 666's "Cold Steel For an Iron Age". The combination of riffing and lead guitar at the end of this one is particularly cool.

"Between Gods and Men" has easily the best guitar theme of the songs on this demo. It's sprawling and epic, and the band takes it through several variations. The chorus on this song is quite catchy, and a distinctive sample from "1984" serves as a break before the solo at the end.

This is one of the best demos I've heard in some time. Yes, it sounds quite a bit like D666, but it's not as if that's a bad thing, so I'm not going to take off points for it. It's nice to hear something this heavy and mid-paced, and the songwriting here is top-notch. I'll definitely be looking forward to a full-length album from Assaulter. Highest demo recommendations.

Standout Tracks: "Burning Front", "Between Gods and Men"