Brutal Assault - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Late 80ies / early 90ies Floridian death metal act Monstrosity was the band who got the honour of kick-starting our eardrums on the second day of Brutal Assault.

The first ‘win’, as it were, for Monstrosity were the very stylish side-panels they were using, depicting a meditating man with a solar system around him, same as on the cover of their Spiritual Apocalypse album, and the second one came only seconds later as I heard they were using a TOOL song as intro music (sadly, I can’t remember which one at this time)!
Could I have been mistaken about my prepositioned negative attitude against all unknown death metal? Well, not exactly, but neither was it far from it…
You see, after yet one more intro, this time the oh so used churchbell in rainy weather sound, the band finally hit the stage almost 20 minutes late, with yet another ripped off cliché spilling from the mouth of vocalist Mike Hrubovcak.

“Brutal Assault, are you ready to fucking kill each other?!”
- Mike Hrubovcak (vocals)

No, it was not Mille Petrozza and Kreator, it was still Monstrosity, and after this they began blasting away on their instruments, aided by a surprisingly clear yet massive sound-mix. And so the morning peace was broken…
Actually, even with my built in aversion to all things death, I must admit that the music was really kicking, and the show was further enhanced by that wild, manic stare Hrubovcak got in his eye from time to time, as well as the way both bassist Mike Poggione and drummer Lee Harrison (only remaining original member by the way) were really into the music, even though none were really active. Only guitarist Mark English kept a rather low profile, concentrating on his instrument rather than the audience.

And what about the audience?
Well, as I said, it was still rather early, so I wasn’t surprised to find that the crowd wasn’t exactly packed, but an impressive, taking the time in account, amount of people had joined the throng. Well, ok, so throng may be the wrong word here; a few arms were raised once in a while, and in between songs some shouting also commenced, but nothing major at any point. Which was sad, because I honestly believe Monstrosity deserved a bit more than this, as they were actually giving an ok performance.
Oh, and a complete setlist I cannot give you, as this was after all the first time I heard the band, but I do recall them playing Firestorm and Final Cremation.

At the end, I wasn’t completely gripped, but I still walked away with the feeling that if I actually would have liked death metal, I would certainly be into Monstrosity, and that must count as a good thing, don’t you think?

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