|Black Metal, Death Metal
September 20th, 2009
Release length: 45:24
While the first track, “Embrace the Fire” is a pretty heavy track loaded with blasphemy, this really isn’t where the band shines on this release. “The Epitome” is really when the band kicks it into high gear and takes everything right back to the early days of Black Metal. Each track on here is simply a furious Metal assault with some great technical guitar work that lights up the album. The only problem with the album comes with the drumming. Right at the start of “Embrace the Fire”, you can actually hear the drumming is slightly off pace and then seems to get back on the beat that everyone else is following. The sad thing is that the pounding snares never really get any faster then that part of the track, which feel a bit necessary at times, such as during “Forward We March”, which has some great two stepping and cymbol fills through the song to make it a very energetic track, but had the symbols or double bass been sped up by the band’s drummer, all hell would break loose with the song and it would simply be a pulse pounding metal track that would leave you banging your head until it broke or fell off.
Drumming aside, the rest of the album is fantastic. The overall tone of the album is simply evil. The guitars have the right amount of distortion that you can hear everything perfectly but still feel intimidated, working well with the gutteral vocals used here. The guitar solos on this release are also superb, such as the one that appears in “Forward We March”. It’s insane, and it seems like there’s a much shorter one immediately after right before the song closes out. Aside that, the band manages to blend the Black and Death Metal elements perfectly, but it’s the more Death Metal moments that really stick out and show the band’s full potential. “Meccademon” is easily the most intense track on here, taking a lot from many of the earlier Death Metal bands to create just a soul crushing song full of intensity and hatred, and actually increases the speed of the aforementioned snare hits at times.
The only track on here that feels like a real let down would be the closing song “Spawning the Immortal”, which has all the good makings of a killer closing song, but just comes off like “Embrace the Fire” again. It has great guitar work, but the drumming could have definitely been faster on this track when it comes to how the snares are utilized. If the drums were performed about the same way they are near the end of the song, it would have been a great song, even though the ending could have just stopped right when everything stopped, there was no need to continue playing the same thing we heard for a little while before it ended to let it fade out. But, it’s kind of hard to tell if the double bass is keeping up with this one more then the snares, as well as the with rest of the material here, as the bass kicks seem to be podded down much lower then the snares and can often be drowned out by practically everything else to the point where you can just make them out.
But, all in all, Nailed by Destruktor is an intense release that will leave the listener running back for more. Each blasphemous track on here is enjoyable, even the first and final tracks that don’t carry the same bite as the rest do. Over time, “Embrace the Fire” and “Spawning the Immortal” may be overlooked, but there’s plenty of great songs on here, such as “Violence Unseen”, “Forward We March” and especially “Meccademon”. If you’re looking for a good old Metal thrashing, as in a physical asppect and not the sound style, then Destruktor is a band worth checking out, and what better to do it then now?
01. Embrace the Fire – 6:21
02. The Epitome – 3:44
03. Inspiration Suicide – 4:19
04. Violence Unseen – 3:46
05. Nailed – 3:53
06. Forward We march – 3:44
07. Meccademon – 5:03
08. Endless Reign of Terror – 4:24
09. After Death Murmurs – 4:46
10. Spawning the Immortal – 5:24
|Overall Score: 7.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.