ASSASSIN — Combat Cathedral (review)

ASSASSIN — Combat Cathedral album cover Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Time Signature
Slave of metal...

Genre: thrash metal

Assassin are among the pioneers of the Teutonic thrash metal scene. Despite their seniority on the thrash metal scene, "Combat Cathedral", which follows up on 2011's "Breaking the Silence", is only the band's fifth album.

Solidly positioned in the thrash metal genre, "Combat Cathedral" is a thrash-fest from beginning to end. Featuring fierce drums and breakneck thrash metal riffage. The key element that defines the album is aggression, and most of the songs emphasize speed. That is not to say that "Combat Cathedral" is not a heavy album. The crunch of the guitars and the overall production of the album add a dimension of heaviness and even quasi-brutality at times.

Overall, the compositions are strong, and the album is very solid. It lacks a bit in the variation-department, but I am not sure variation is what people want from the album anyway. Also, it should be pointed out that we are not at all dealing with monotonous music here. There are changes in tempo and enough compositional finesse that the album remains interesting.

The performance is rock solid, and the production is crisp. As mentioned above, the production supports the music very well. The vocals. which fall somewhere between Lemmy and Phil Anselmo, may perhaps not be in everybody's taste, but I kind of like it.

Overall, this is a solid and fierce thrash metal release which should appeal - not just to fans of Teutonic thrash metal - but to fans of thrash metal as such.
Share this review

Review Comments

Post a public comment below | Send private message to the reviewer
Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Led Zeppelin IV Hard Rock
LED ZEPPELIN
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Sacrificio Thrash Metal
CRIMINAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
Argent Moon Melodic Death Metal
INSOMNIUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
To Live With Purpose Melodic Metalcore
EONIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
Devotion Melodic Metalcore
EONIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
Victims, Aren't We All Metalcore
3AMPROJECT
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us