From the punk n roll of the opening track “Bored To Death” to the alt rock of “Pseudoside“, Mongrel give us 12 tracks of punk / metal. It really is a metal album that punk rock fans can get a grasp on.
“Zombies of War” has an obligatory attack on the powers that be with a Vibrators feel to it. As the album progresses they move towards a more metal feel, ie the lead guitarist riffing out like he’s in a thrash band from the 80s on the tracks “More I Bleed” and “Tarnished Halo“.
Bridging the gap between punk, thrash n metal n hardcore, clearly a band that’s putting all its fingers in as many pies as possible without really being of any. Lyrics that point the finger at others in judgement ie “C and a ½“.
Hard rock hooks and catchy melodies throughout the album, this is a band that does not conform to any particular genre, typical themes are venomous attacks on those who’ve crossed them, to who might save them. I can’t really help but wonder what are they really angry at?
The track “Stillborn Saviour” leans even into the thrash / glam genre (if there is one) Not really until “Wake Up” right near the end of the album that there’s any real let up. Just as the finishing post is in sight they race right through with the speed punk track that is “No Gods, No Masters”.