Magus Beast – Say Your Prayers

Magus Beast - Say Your Prayers

Magus Beast (formerly known as Aggressor) released the 7 song CD “Say Your Prayers” under their former monicker.  The CD is a stripped heavy metal release that has much in common with Metal Blade bands like Savage Grace circa 1985 which is in fact rather ironic as the band was formed in 1985.

Vocally, Ron Scauri reminds me of a blend of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth from Overkill and Eirikur Hauksson from the Norwegian power metal band Artch.  Scauri is confident in his vocal delivery and can deliver some very impressive screams (check out the intro to “In Vain” and you will see what I mean.  Musically, the Magnus Beast reminds me of Metal Church, Overkill and Megadeth blended together with bands like the previously mentioned Savage Grace.  While they do show influences from thrash bands, their music falls much more into the power metal genre.  “Magus Beast”, “Death Before Dishonor” and “Devil’s Advocate” all possess an old school metal mentality that is sorely lacking in many bands today that go strictly for melodic speed metal.