Screaming Beast - To Assail And Conquer EP
Screaming Beast. The name alone appeals to the metal-heart and strikes a chord in the mind before even one musical note is played. To Assail And Conquer is a three track EP of faultless metal that hopefully is a prequel to a full LP release.
Opener, This Dawn This Day has a laid-back, bludgeoning groove with an instant grab-your-arse chorus. You can hear the string noise between slithering power chords that betray a Southern metal influence and swagger. Like Pantera swinging axes with COC on the dark ramparts of Helms Deep.
Any tasty solos? Fook yes, indeedy!
Silent Submission is an anthemic Machine Head-esque barrage of groove and thrash that are spliced together with a ferocious instant chorus sure to get crowds bursting into violent pits and fierce fist in the air sing-a-longs.
Given in to Fear starts off slow and melodic, then, BOSH! Imagine the grandad from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre had more rhythm to his swing but hit just as hard and you’re in the right ballpark.
So stop reading this right now and seek out the Beast. It's the best thing you'll hear today. Unless you win the lottery. In which case, I hate you. You bastard.
Words: Paul Cooke