KÖRGULL THE EXTERMINATOR - Metal Fist Destroyer
It takes some guts to call your band after an early and strangely titled Voidod song. In the case of Spanish mixed gender metal quartet Körgull The Exterminator, it’s only the heavy metal umlaut which switched vowels, probably to avoid any copyright issues. Taking their name from the opener of the second Voivod album Rrröööaaarrr from 1986, and the Canadian band’s last more primitive sounding effort, it’s obvious from the start that the Spaniards are predominantly interested in the raw proto thrash sounds of the mid-Eighties.
The first time I came in contact with Körgull was about a year ago when I heard their split-7” with Deathhammer from Norway. Back then I was left already with a very favourable impression, and the band’s third album Metal Fist Destroyer only underlines that impact. Right now retro thrash is quite popular, with bands like Evile, Gama Bomb, Municipal Waste and many more heralding the start of a true revival. And while Körgull are certainly anything but modern, they still sound more abrasive and primal than the aforementioned bands. Their music is mainly fast, with hardly any moments of respite. The production is simplistic in a way not unlike the first steps of Sodom. Otherwise I also feel reminded of Hellhammer, played at triple the speed. There are also some proto black metal touches like ancient Bathory and faster Venom.
The only thing you won’t find of Metal Fist Destroyer is subtlety. The female bass player is actually calling her instrument a bassooka, and the also female vocals are fierce shrieks that at times are not that different from Voivod’s Snake’s first recordings.
The album starts with an intro, which is followed by ten regular songs, before we get a probably long anticipated cover version of Voivod’s Korgüll The Exterminator, and believe it or not, but this reinterpretation sounds even harsher than the source material. Finally we get a re-recording of Revenge Of The Dead, originally released on the band’s debut in 2009.
In times where many bands rediscover the thrash metal sounds of the mid- to late-Eighties, it’s quite refreshing to encounter a band that goes even one step further. Metal Fist Destroyer may not become a classic, but it is definitely good fun for anyone growing up with the classics, and possibly quite a surprise too for the younger people spoiled with modern high-tech productions. Geographically speaking, it’s astonishing to hear such music from a band coming from one of the most touristy regions in Europe (Lloret de Mar), but maybe seeing hordes of drunken, loud tourists, many of whom are post-exam students from Luxembourg drinking their livers away, will give you a taste for brutal, primitive, evil metal music. This is a nice trip down nostalgia avenue!