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Review: Ambush - Desecrator

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 39:50
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 10, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.58/5 (71.67%) (12 Votes)

Desecrator from Sweden's Ambush takes me back to the early 80s, before glam swept all vestiges of Heavy Metal from the U.S. scene and bands like Armored Saint, Vicious Rumors and especially Malice made some great music. Malice is the band I kept thinking of when listening to Desecrator's simple, melodic riffs, killer guitar tone and the vocal lines all of which took me back to License to Kill. The singer even sounds like former Malice singer James Neal. The choruses are sufficiently catchy but Ambush avoids becoming a Power Metal band by keeping the tempos mid-paced throughout most of the album. Tracks like "Possessed by Evil," "Night of the Defilers" and "Master of the Seas" have that simple, unadorned style that characterized early Heavy Metal, when bands seemed to be going after a great song and not necessarily trying to push boundaries.

I've been listening to Desecrator a lot recently and my foot is tapping the entire time. If you enjoy the music of the 80s, this one is definitely recommended for you.

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