Destruction - D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.

10 songs
48:04 minutes
***** ***


German thrash metal Destruction legend can proudly celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary. Last year they spoiled us already with the compilation Thrash Anthems which contained newly recorded versions of their classics. As announced back then, we get this year their tenth studio album D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., the title consisting of the initial letters of each song on the album.

Although not a devolution in a strict sense, Destruction don’t try anymore to reinvent themselves. The songs on the new CD sound as if they had been written in the Eighties, despite a contemporary production in the hands of Jacob Hansen who previously worked already with harder bands like Raunchy, The Cleansing, Communic, Tyr and Volbeat. Destruction still play their idiosyncratic mix of speed and thrash metal that showed already more than two decades ago that this genre doesn’t have to sound primitive. Especially the countless staccato riffs on the guitar underline this. Destruction are at times so complex that they come close to being a tech thrash band. The rhythm section does its best to add power and depth to the music. All of this is crowned by Schmier’s unmistakable vocal style.

Destruction sound despite their age still fresh and dynamic. They even convinced some guitar legends –Gary Holt (Exodis), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Vinnie Moore (U.F.O.) – to contribute some solos. The question remains if the new CD contains classics in the vein of Release From Agony, Reject Emotions and Mad Butcher. No One Shall Survive and Inner Indulgence are possible candidates.

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