|Review: Assassin - Bestia Immundis|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: April 28, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
This came as a surprise as the last album I heard by Assassin, 2005's The Club, was such a disappointment (to put it mildly) that I just skipped on the next couple of albums in 2011 and 2016. So, I can't say anything about the previous two albums but with Bestia Immundis Assassin sure redeemed themselves as it's actually quite decent. The band may have been formed in the '80s but they've steered the ship into a more "modern thrash" direction. That's far from my favourite form of the genre but at least they got it right.
Bestia Immundis is largely fast-paced and heavy with modern-ish thrash vocals that may not be everyone's cup of tea. It took me a few listens for the album to click mainly because of that. At times I'm reminded of Sacrifice's The Ones I Condemn, which also saw the Canadians going for a more modern sound back in 2009. I guess the best way I can describe this is "muddy thrash" where everything kind of blends together and is somewhat nondescript, yet listenable with a few enjoyable bits. I can't say I remember much of the album once it's over, but it's cool enough while it's on. You may have to give it a chance if it doesn't grab you at first.
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