Massive Assault - Death Strike review
|Release date:||April 2012|
01. Driven Towards Death
02. Cycle Of Violence
03. Operation Anthropoid
04. Finished Sympathy
05. Turning Tides
07. Dismal Life
08. Aggressive Depression
10. Plead Not Guilty
More generic old school Swedish-style death metal. This time, not only is it mind-blowingly uncreative, it's also very thin sounding! Hooray!
This stuff never seems to baffle me, every aspect of Death Strike is so stupidly assembly-line worthy it's really hard to believe even the members actually give a shit. Sound bites from war movies? Check. Military-themed band & album name? Check. Flavourless riffs and even more flavourless vocals? Check. So there it is. That's it, seriously. The one redeeming factor? Well, I guess it's got a few Entombed influences here and there, not done well enough to take this over Entombed, mind you.
The production here is about the only thing that stands out, and not in a good way. Reviewing generic death metal album after generic death metal album means you're eventually going to come across something produced by Dan Swano, which usually means you get some thick production values to make things a little more digestible. Or, on the other hand, you get some scummy, crusty, nasty ass raw production which is even better. Massive Assault fits into neither of those, it's just thin and flat sounding. Sure, the bass is audible, but audible bass doesn't automatically equate to having a bottom end.
This sure as hell won't be the last utterly forgettable death metal release I'll end up reviewing, and probably not the most worthless by any stretch...So 5.1 points for not being the worst. Wouldn't it be great if people started putting a little creativity into their creations?
||Written on 08.04.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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