On their full length releases, Tokyo's ASSAULT formed a perfect bridge between traditional Japanese hardcore and the more melodic guitars that came out of '90s emo and joined forces with Swedish crust to infiltrate the American scene. The two ASSAULT long players are relentless and essential slabs, and this demo is an introduction to the brilliance that would follow. Four galloping burners, with guitar solos where appropriate and the kind of shouted vocals that only seem to come from Japan. If you saw them on their 2002 US tour with D.S.B. and FROM ASHES RISE then you know this is awesome (I'll have to take your word for it, as I managed to miss them entirely), but whether you saw them or not, you need these tunes in your life. Member(s) still continue in the band ALLIANCE.