Originally reviewed here.
Kicking things off with some evil-sounding keyboard melody that sounds like it would be found in a 1970's horror movie, Mongrel's Cross definitely know how to set the atmosphere for their own brand of bestial brutality. The fact that this is just the band's debut full-length is shocking. The band sound like seasoned veterans of the Australian scene.
Yes the Australian scene. Mongrel's Cross bear a sonic resemblance to groups like Gospel of the Horns, Destroyer 666, Denouncement Pyre, and Atomizer. So right away, this band is definitely up my alley.
What is found on this album is the same type of frenzied guitar riffing and psychotic-sounding vocals that have become well-known traits coming from many other bands in Australia. And yet, I can never get enough of this sound. Mongrel's Cross still manage to make things sound fresh. Their sound is different enough, featuring plenty of U.S.-grounded death and thrash metal elements than their decidedly more Australian and South American-sounding peers.
Their sound is not as raw and unpredictable as some of their other peers. While still plenty destructive and evil, it is a bit more refined. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. In fact it is different enough from other Australian bands that it causes Mongrel's Cross to stand out a little bit more.
This is an absolutely impressive debut that proves that the Australian scene that I love so much is still pumping out new bands.