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Classic Album Review: Destruction | The Antichrist

If old-school metal mayhem is what you’re after, these German thrashers are for you.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If subtlety and nuance are what you’re after, Destruction are not the band for you.  If, on the other hand, old-school metal mayhem and carnage are what you’re looking for, these veteran German thrashmeisters should be at the top of your list.

On this followup to last year’s maniacally heavy comeback CD All Hell Breaks Loose, these rivetheads kick it up more notches than Emeril on bathtub crank. Their guitar licks sizzle and stab like a white-hot stilleto, the drumbeats burst like artillery shells, the basslines wallop your gut like a bowling ball and the vocals explore that special space between bloodcurdling terror and cerebral aneurysm. Then again, what else would you expect songs like Thrash to Death, Nailed to the Cross, Dictators of Cruelty, Godfather of Slander and Let Your Mind Rot to sound like?