What can be said about DESTRUCTION that hasn’t been said before? Truly they are one of the greatest Thrash bands on this green Earth and since the return of Schmier to the fold over 8 years ago it doesn’t seem like the band can do any wrong. Even with the more experimental feel of their previous album, the still glorious “Inventor Of Evil”, I have felt as though DESTRUCTION only seems to be getting better with age.
And the hard to type new album, “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.” is proof of their lasting power and increasing prowess on the Thrash Metal scene. Their tenth full length release just brims with the chemistry that DESTRUCTION has as a three piece band and with a more aggressive and less progressive outlook on their own Thrash Metal style fans of the genre and band are going to be headbanging and mosh pitting in no time.
Going into “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.” one can expect only the best from the German trio. From the acoustic intro of the title track (is there any other way to use acoustic in Thrash?) all the way to the bombastic “N.o One Shall Survive” just get ready to be pounded with monster riffs, massive shredding leads and solos, eruptive bass, and skull shattering drums as DESTRUCTION manhandle your ear drums. It might be some of the most aggressive work they have written since 2001’s “The Antichrist” and it works so well for them.
Also don’t expect to hear the older material from their back catalog either. DESTRUCTION still keep up with the modern world of Metal too. There are some songs with a bit of a swing to their writing, the PANTERA-esque opening riff to “L.ast Desperate Scream” is quite catchy, while some of the other songs prove to be pure Thrash-terpieces. And even though Schmier has molted most of his melodic work onto the reunited HEADHUNTER earlier this year, there is still some melodic work on this album too. Instead of up front though, most of the melody is tucked into the riffs and buried in the aggressive vocals (oh the opening scream of the title track makes me smile). So the modern style that DESTRUCTION has been experimenting with is still there, it just happens to be a little more subtle then before.
“D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.” is going to be one of the best albums of the year on my list I can guarantee that. It’s memorable, deep, energetic, and just plain brutal. Any Thrash Metal fan should own this album. It’s been a great year for Thrash Metal period and DESTRUCTION doesn’t disappoint with “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.”. So prepare to continue to Thrash til death.
Songs to check out: “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.”, “I.nner Indulgence”, “E.levator To Hell”.
(Online October 4, 2008)