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Review: Mongrel's Cross - Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court
Mongrel's Cross
Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court

Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2018
Duration: 47:46
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 10, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Mongrel's Cross are an Aussie band who have gotten a bit of press lately with the addition of Absu mastermind Proscriptor McGovern as their full-time vocalist. I don't know what that might mean for future Absu releases, but as there has already not been a new Absu album since 2011, my hopes are not high. It also causes me to wonder why he would join this band, as while Mongrel's Cross are not bad, they are certainly nothing special, as exemplified on their 2018 disc, Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court.

This is billed as "Black/Thrash", but there's nothing especially thrashy about it. This is pretty bog-standard Death/Black/Something metal that does not even have that trademark Aussie ferocity going for it. It's competently played and written, and if the production here is a bit dry, it's not terrible. The songs are just kind of adequate, and never really hit on anything that jumps out at you as awesome. I can listen to this all the way through and generally enjoy it, but after it is done it is gone from my mind, and I don't remember anything about it except that it was OK.

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