Actually, I should be doing something more productive right now, like learning for my exam tomorrow. After listening to DESTRUCTION's "Eternal Devastation", I tasted blood and was craving for more. So the live album was the next in line. Now the first thing you expect when listening to an old live album, is bad quality, amateurish played songs that differ vastly from the CD recordings and of course a limp and pussy delivery of live announcements. Well that is of course true for most bands that show off on their albums, pretending to sound oh-so-professional, while sucking utterly and disappointing to oblivion (*cough* FEAR FACTORY *cough*). Destruction's first live album is one of those amazing live albums from a band with enough energy to reverse the universe's expansion (others that come to mind are PRIEST's "Unleashed In The East", W.A.S.P.'s "Live Assassins" or EXODUS'' "A Lesson In Violence").
Upon visiting festivals/concerts/whatever, one problem always seems to arise. That problem is that most bands are rather wimpy live. They disappoint in horrendous ways. Take for example ROTTEN SOUND's music: very aggressive and you'd think the singer is an animal live, but actually while not being horrible, he is quite a shy guy. Well DESTRUCTION don't make compromises. They seem to come onto the stage, start playing, one or two comments to the audience, but no speeches about shit people do not need to hear. These guys had charisma back in the days and they have it nowadays (Summerbreeze 2008 was a killer live show i.e.). Whatever it is they have, it's authentic, it's brutal, it's massive and coming your way. Additionally, their mixer must be a real competent man, as this recording from 89 (!) surpasses most live shit we get nowadays, one can even hear the audience going crazy, while the guitar tone and drums saw through the speakers, delivering some goddamn great riffs. The bass is amazingly present on this release, normally it goes under pretty fast on live recordings (I am going to assume this is a live recording, as they sound live exactly like on this CD).
One of a time Thrash from a period long forgotten and a dying scene. This is music for people who respect not only the instrumental ability, but also the other very important aspects of Thrash, namely the performance, the charisma and balls DESTRUCTION have to offer. A great successful live album with a hidden Pink Panther melody within. Impressive violent fun. I like.
(Online August 20, 2009)