Unlike most of our Hails, Magus Beast actually has a very long history. They started out in 1985 as a band called Aggressor — not the most original name, but it was the mid-80s and that’s the way things were. Aggressor made a name for themselves in the local NYC scene, eventually opening up for legendary bands like Nuclear Assault, Overkill, and Testament. The band changed their name to Magus Beast 15 years into their career, and solidified their current lineup in 2010.
If you’re wondering why I’m writing about a band with so many years under the belt, it’s because I only just now heard of them and they’re already probably in my top five local thrash bands ever. I’m unsure how Magus Beast go to be NYC’s best-kept secret — people should be shouting about them from their rooftops. After their electrifying (and likely glass-shattering — Ron Scauri’s vocals are an out-of-this-world combination of King Diamond and Bobby Blitz) performance at Wednesday’s U.D.O. show at Gramercy, I was shocked to discover that the band had such a modest following.
I’m still a n00b so I don’t know the name of the song below, but neither does the person who uploaded this awesome video! Better buy all of Magus Beast’s albums just to be sure.