ABOUT ASSAULT ON THE LIVING
Since 2011, Upstate New York's own Assault on the Living has been spreading their sickness in an attempt to infect the masses with their unique strain of metal. Utilizing a style that incorporates virtually all subgenres of metal, Assault on the Living has ensured that no one is truly safe from their sonic pathogen. Consisting of veteran members of the Upstate New York underground metal scene, these contaminated souls have shared the stage with metal heavy hitters such as Nile, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, Misery Index and More. In 2012, the band self-produced a 7-song album and unleashed it upon the unsuspecting masses - handing it out free of charge at their shows as well as making it available for consumption online. Now in 2015, Assault on the Living has compiled 8 of their most aggressive and ruthless songs for their latest entry titled "The Global Purge." Be it floods or famine, disease or fire - humanity's reign over this world will soon expire and Assault on the Living intends to provide the soundtrack.
Dustin Rose - Vocals
John Nickarz- Vocals
Jamie Juron - Guitar
Jared Weed - Guitar
Dustin Clapham - Drums
Andrew Hennessy - Bass
ASSAULT ON THE LIVING HAS SHARED THE STAGE WITH
WHITECHAPEL, DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, NILE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MISERY INDEX,
THE ACACIA STRAIN,DEHUMANIZED,CARNIVORA AND MANY MORE....
Sifting Through Bandcamp – June 2015
Friday, 26th June 2015 by Kyle McGinn
Upstate NY’s Assault on the Living bring a decidedly heavy approach to death metal with The Global Purge. Comprised mostly of members of the also killer Traumaside (RIP), this should come as no surprise in terms of the heaviness factor. Crushing breakdowns, brutal vocals, and sinister riffs are the name of the game. Expect no deviations into over-the-top technicality, as this is the type of material that would rather go for your throat and never let go. Check out the devastating riffs of “Predator,” “Cold Dead Hands,” and “Empty Vessels of Hope” for yourself and you’ll see that this is one of the most brutal releases in this column so far this year.
Very few times in your life will you put on an album and feel as if your whole world is about to fucking implode right in front of you. Assault on the Living is a band that comes from Troy, New York featuring ex-members from Trauma side with intimidating reinforcement.
Their latest release, “The Global Purge” goes by way too quickly and leaves you infected with this feeling that, you actually might not even mind too much if the world actually implodes right before your very eyes.
“The Global Purge” is the first song off this colossal album. Filled with heavy growls and sweet headbanging riffs, this track is sure to give you the feeling that you need to brace yourself for the wickedness that is about to be laid before you. This song will make you want to get up and thrash everything in sight as the world burns to ember around you.
A favorite off the album is “Predator”, featuring fantastic rhythmic patterns that smash; Drummer Dustin Clapham gives you his all while showing no signs of defeat. Vocals from Dan Young give us that reminiscent feel of Randy Blythe but with way more savagery and power, almost seeming to rarely come up for air, capturing the true essence of this purge. This is death-core at its finest. “Predator” grabs you by the balls and will not let go until you call… more than once, for help.
“System of Deception” features a different side to AOTL by introducing us to some great breakdowns that will keep your head bobbing to the beat. Guitars and bass keep our attention throughout on this track and really capture the true essence of terror that we have been warned about from the get go.
There’s no surprises in this album in terms of progressive effects or crazy time signatures, but the production value is ace and these guys play mad tight. Assault on the Living certainly gives us a no holds barred experience on this ride. Featuring a lot of different sides of metal while never skipping a beat. Definitely worth a listen or two… hundred.
Rating: 8 out of 10
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