Assur – In Belgium There Is No Law (Vleesklak Records)

The Belgian scene is primarily known for iconic grind bands such as Agathocles, Mucus or Leng Tch’e, but there is one more band that I want to introduce you to. Meet Assur; raw grindcore with death metal influences that are located in Antwerp city. This band started in 2005, and according to information on the web they were not so active. Truly underground boys, haha! I guess that’s why I only just found Assure. I got a huge box from Vleesklak Records with different promos, there I found “In Belgium There Is No Law”. To be honest, it’s not the best design and art that I’ve seen so far. The tape has simple white and black design, and cassette has only one sticker – that’s all. Not much, huh? But maybe the noise will be better? Let’s check it!

The intro is nice, gloomy, slow, with simple riffs and vomiting growling… but then I heard synthetic double bit on bass drum, this drum machine sounds simply cheap. That spoiled impression in a bit. But there is a good things too, there is a lot of old primitive metal and grindcore riffs (old noise manicks would be happy). Also there is some groovy and catchy tunes like in “Billie” song. Mostly all fast pieces here are good, but some of slow ones (which reminds me lost and forgotten death metal bands) are a bit boring. This cassette has become very controversial for me, I could not decide whether I like Assur or not.         

Rating: 6.5/10 Assure fb
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