When the going gets tough, the tough get Thrashing. That seems to be the key to the success and sheer awesomeness that so many of these older Thrash bands have stuck to. DESTRUCTION is not excluded. Since their reunion, they really have only had one misstep (the well executed, but horribly recorded “Metal Discharge”) and their latest slab of pure insanity “Day Of Reckoning” is no slacker.
As with their last opus of Thrash goodness and hard to type “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.”, the band reverted back to pure kick ass Thrash with little in the way of experimentation. “Day Of Reckoning” takes it to the next level. This German trio (with a new and very giant drummer in tow) is cutting out the fat even further and focusing down on music.
This doesn’t mean that the band is losing the complexity of their intertwined riffs and face shredding leads and solos. They don’t lose the bombastic drum blasts (in fact, the new drummer is probably better at keeping the intensity going) and they don’t lose Schmier’s scathing screeches, roars, and beastly bass work. The band just seems to cut down to what made them a great listen to begin with. Catchy and brutal Thrash. The riffs tear through the speakers at high speeds only taking breaks to rip out a massive solo or occasional melodic line like in the opening of “Sorcerer Of Black Magic”. The drums beat the snare head to a pulp and underline it with some serious double bass energy and swift cymbal flourishes. Of course, the bass keeps it all grounded to the floor with its heavy rumblings. This is DESTRUCTION continuing to give us the best they can.
There isn’t a song that on this release that is not completely memorable and worthy of putting on your ‘best of’ playlist for the band. Schmier seems to have upped the ante on the catchiness of his vocal work, with plenty of parts to scream and sing-a-long with. It’s as if everything is just catchier on this album and it allows it to rattle around in the head long after the album has finished. No filler just makes it better, right?
Thrash might be only strengthening in the last few years, but it’s the older bands like DESTRUCTION that are still forging the ways for what the genre is and will be. “Day Of Reckoning” makes these Germans sound just as strong as they did back in 1988. A must have for 2011.
Songs to check out: “Hate Is My Fuel”, “The Demon Is God”, “The Price”.
(Online April 27, 2011)