It didn't' take long for the German Thrash trio to release another unrelenting CD of predictable notes. New drummer Marc Reign does a good job filling in Sven's shoes. More pummelling riffs that are undeniably DESTRUCTION are layered everywhere on this CD. Schmier is still in top form with his aggressive vokills that could wilt your mother's flowers. Everything contained in here is basically a rehash of riffs and beats that are provided on every album especially the last two releases. This is all good for the die-hard fans.
DESTRUCTION shows that they are "The Ravenous Beast" when they let loose. Fast riffs that could rip your flesh apart and sloppy solos are all intact here. "Rippin' The Flesh Apart" messes around with the tempos a bit here going from slightly mid-tempo to the rapid-fire quick tempos courtesy of the fast double drumming. Don't expect anything mind blowing lyrically from this band because all they want do is annihilate the listeners ears and speakers. By the time we hit track five, things tend to get a little boring and repetitive even for a die-hard Thrash fan who wants to release his anger. "Desecrators Of The New Age" is still rampaging with plenty of anger, but Schmier tries to alter his vokills abilities by actually trying to sing with that distinct shriek of his. It kind of works a bit. The real kicker here is that the guitar work is better. There are melodies thrown in here for once and what a shock. It works and the solo for once seems just a little bit more thought out than the slop that they are used to playing for oh so very long. The song is still fierce mind you.
More thought out solos will smack you upside your head when "Historical Force Feed" rolls past you. The changing of the vocals, better guitar solos and melodies save the album from repetitiveness. I was ready to write this disc off, but the second half of it gets better and thank God. The guys can actually change things up for the better if they put their minds to it. Schmier and company redeem themselves and make an album that is just slightly different from their previous catalogue. (Online December 16, 2003)