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Destruction: Day of Reckoning
Thrash Metal
Nuclear Blast Records
February 8th, 2011
Release length: 45:23
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It’s always exciting to see important Metal figures make an intense return from breaking up, and this is something the Metal universe has been seeing a lot of given the rise in dedicated fans of the style. While it’s true Destruction never necessarily went anywhere, they mostly just recorded material the band now shrugs off and no long considers part of their discography, the group issued their comeback battle cry with All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, and since then hasn’t stopped. Day of Reckoning marks the eleventh full-length recording from the group, and it’s yet another intense skull-smashing Thrash release that shows the band has no intention to give up the beast whatsoever.

Day of Reckoning starts off with the greatest introduction to a song they possibly could utilize. “The Price” starts off with a low hum that quickly builds into what sounds like an engine reved to maximum velocity, slamming right into the furiocity of music and speed that is the actual song. Technical Thrash guitar work kicks in to make the song catchy, but hammer away at the listener to make him or her want to start a mosh right where they stand, setting the tone for a good majority of the music on this release. While this track is one of the most intense songs on here, holding a huge amount of energy from the band, as well as acts as the best interpretation of the group’s musical talents, this isn’t what the entire album will sound like. Day of Reckoning is much like many previous works from Destruction, having a great amount of diversity in the material, though typically still being faster tracks. But, this doesn’t mean the band is letting up on the intensity to try to match that fury with the slower pace, as the following track “Hate is My Fuel” dictates, a track that sounds like unbridled rage musically incarnate without having to rely on the kind of speed that “The Price” contained.

But, what can be one of the most interesting tracks on the release is the one that shortly follows. The song “Armageddonizer” actually has a slight groove to it that doesn’t really appear in some of their tracks, and really seems to be inspired by some older Death Metal music. One listen to this track will bring up shades of “Hammer Smashed Face” by Cannibal Corpse with the catchy intensity and slightly groovey riffs that follow a very similar pattern for much of the song. While the previous two tracks were fantastic welcoming parties to the album, this track essentially ruins the album because of how different it is, how kick ass it is, and how it’s the only song to really feature this approach that seems to straddle the border of varying genres.

For the most part, the album seems to follow the patterns set by “The Price”, as well as “Hate is My Fuel”, the latter moreso then the first. While the songs don’t quite have the same amount of anger and energy as “The Price”, a good number of the tracks are still really enjoyable. The groove aspect remains for many of the songs, and the technical guitar work really makes the songs much stronger, such as “Misfit”, which varies between a mid-tempo to a slower pace, feeling a little more laid back at times then the rest. Of course, “The Demon is God” kicks things up a notch and wakes you from the slight slumber “Misfit” can put you in with a violent shaking, but what more can you expect with a song title like that? Of course, “Sheep of the Regime” takes this band to the slower speed of “Misfit”, which is a little disheartening considering the way the band handled the start of the album. This and “Misfit” are the only tracks that feel weak on the album, and the only two elements that honestly seem to be holding Day of Reckoning back, but they are still enjoyable for what they are and don’t really hurt anything other then feeling like some high quality filler. Some may enjoy these more then tracks like “Day of Reckoning” or “Hate is My Fuel”, or even “The Price”, all of which show the band at their best with great energy, intensity, and catchiness, so those two may wind up being a personal taste issue more then songs that feel like the bad seeds in an overcrowded highschool classroom, not getting the attention they needed and deserved.

But, one thing is for certain, and that is Day of Reckoning is a razor sharp and fast paced assault at varying degrees on both accounts. The music on here is very diverse, so there’s always something that any Thrash fan will like, while the band keeps the general signature sounds and consistancy that they have held since their return to this breed of Thrash mayhem in All Hell Breaks Loose. Sure the album does lose some steam, but there’s plenty of catchy material regardless throughout, and the energy stays the same on many songs, but the songs that could be filler have an obvious lack of energy to them. it doesn’t really matter though, there’s enough songs on here that will have you headbanging, whether it’s voluntary, or it does it for you against a brick wall. Day of Rocking is a strong and intense Thrash album that shows Destruction seems to age like a fine wine, getting better with age.

01. The Price – 3:39
02. Hate is My Fuel – 4:24
03. Armageddonizer – 4:09
04. Devil’s Advocate – 4:18
05. Day of Reckoning – 3:58
06. Sorcerer of Black Magic – 4:25
07. Misfit – 4:26
08. The Demon is God – 5:11
09. Church of Disgust – 4:05
10. Destroyer or Creator – 3:09
11. Sheep of the Regime – 4:59
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Overall Score: 9.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Nuclear Blast Records.