Melodic thrashy blackened brilliance - and I mean 'brilliance' literally, as in shining. In spite of the style's inherent darkness and aggression, this is a remarkably uplifting, triumphant album.
Favorite track: Derkesthai - Initiation (To See Clearly).
Both melodic and savage. This certainly was unexpected. Filling in that void that Australian bands such as Razor of Occam, Assaulter, Grenade and Shackles left but with their own twist. I also hear a Greek tinge (akin to Kawir or Agatus). 10/10. This is a mix of all the elements that makes Australian Black thrash top tier for me and it has been a long while since a band has captured that sound this well.
Favorite track: The Thirteenth Card.
How could Mongrel's Cross top the thrash extravaganza that was their debut? With this. This is just magnificent. Even after a six year gap and reforming as a duo, they've returned more hungry and fierce.
Favorite track: From Transylvania to Tunbridge Wells.
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of MONGREL'S CROSS, "Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court," on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Hailing from the extreme metal hotbed of Australia, MONGREL'S CROSS are one of the best-kept secrets Down Under. Mind you, the band - now pared down to a duo - have been quiet since the release of their HELLS HEADBANGERS debut album, The Sins of Aquarius, in 2012, but those years away from the prying eyes of the metal public have paid off in spades on "Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court". Here, these hooligans take everything that made The Sins of Aquarius so grimily gratifying - the widescreen span of filthy thrashing, down-tempo war-marches, and epic metal grandeur alike - and render it all the more terrifying and triumphant through clear 'n' cutting production. It's the age-old axis of form meeting content, and rarely has a metal record this cleanly produced sounded so threatening, which simply underlines the powerful panache to the band's strong songwriting.
Taken another way, with "Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court," MONGREL'S CROSS step deeper into territory that's entirely their own. Not for them the over-generalization of "Australia = war metal" nor the simplistic connotations associated with such; no, the duo are at the height of their compositional powers and are now truly a great extreme METAL entity. All the drama and danger, legendry and lawlessness, power and poison, and essential OTT abandon of this artform otherwise known as heavy metal: everything is played out with a palpably physical poetry across Psalter of the Royal Dragon. Suitably, its lyrical themes range a rich panoply of occultism - among others, such titles as "Vessel of Shar On," "Neurian Transformation," and "Derkesthai - Initiation (to see clearly)" should suggest plenty - making this a thoroughly engrossing experience deserving of the band's elevated standards.
When so much metal aims so low, for such no-hope ghettoization, it's down to true mavericks like MONGREL'S CROSS to lead the intrepid to illumination. Hereby, open the "Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court"!
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Whirlwind storm of razor-sharp riffs that always leaves me interested to hear what insanity Gene will play on guitar next. Despite the plethora of twists and turns found in the songwriting here I can’t find a single weak riff on the entire album. Easily as technical as many Tech Death bands while still maintaining the old school menace, Perdition Temple reaches the upper echelon of today’s underground death metal. Dark Avenger