Destitution - Beware the Fury of the Patient Man - (7.5/10)
Published on August 15, 2014
Too often, particularly in this day and age of ‘extreme = memorable’ for many bands, we don’t hear intentional withholding like we should. When it comes to thrash as a genre, many bands tend to think that being more frantic or chaotic will get you noticed. This is not necessarily the case and when I finished listening to Destitution’s debut Beware the Fury of the Patient Man, I felt refreshed. Rather than a balls to the wall thrash experience, these Dutch thrashers have pulled away from the chaotic and delivered a focused and driven sounding record instead. It certainly has it’s off kilter thrash elements, often coming in the form of Venom inspired edge, but the restrained and structured sound makes for a pretty solid debut.
Perhaps that is Destitution’s strongest elements: driven focus and thoughtful writing. While not all of Beware the Fury of the Patient Man works, the album tends to drag a bit in length and some bigger hooks would really take them to the next level, I have to admit that there is an obvious intent in this album that works for me. Take the first track, “Mr. Greedy” as an example. It kicks off with a slow mid paced riff overlaid with a tight melodic lead before it kicks into a faster pace with some snarling vocals about the titular character Mr. Greedy. The track is a decent thrasher with some nice melodies wrapped around some Testament like riffing and a chorus that layers in with the musical content well. It’s not a huge opening track with a big catchy chorus, but it weaves in just enough of a progressive nature in its structure that it sticks with you as it careens between a slew of different approaches. This is a writing theme that threads all the way through this debut and one that impresses in concept – particularly when many of their peers are going for speed and chaos versus a more thoughtful approach.
This style of writing doesn’t always work for Destitution, but the foundation is there to really build on and the musicians in the band seem to have talent to make it work. The snarling vocals really work on the faster and thrashier tracks like “Alcathrash” or the old school Bay Area sounding “Screenplay,” but he throws in a nice twist with the impressive cleaner vocals on “Affinity” (think a slightly cleaner sounding Grave Digger at times) that’s matched by some strong melodic guitar work and a slow build in the power ballad. The band seems to strike some solid chemistry between each of its members.
Beware the Fury of the Patient Man isn’t a perfect record as I mentioned previously, but since I received the album for review I have been spinning it pretty religiously as the band’s focuses and strong playing skills are definitely something to lend your ear too. It’s just enough melody, just enough thrash, and just enough progressive writing to build a very solid foundation. With a few tweaks, this band is ready to take flight and Beware the Fury of the Patient Man is the runway to make that happen.