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DESTRUCTION Thrash Anthems AFM Records (2007)


Destruction is one of the first bands I ever really got hooked up with, and with that in mind, you should all expect this to be one of the most biased reviews you can ever expect to read from me. Yes, back in 1989 in the Athenian music haven called Rodon Club, I had the honour of attending one of the best Thrash Metal gigs ever - the band's last (at the time) appearance with Schmier as frontman.

After the release of a few albums that didn't really manage to make a huge impression on me, with the only exception being 1990s "Cracked Brain", the duo Schmier (bass/vocals) and Mike (guitars) decided to once again join forces. The result? Well, the four albums that the band released from 2000 onwards, with the exception of the quite decent "Inventor of Evil" (2005) cannot really be compared with classic releases such as "Sentence of Death" and "Infernal Overkill". So what did the band decide to do then? Well, instead of putting all their efforts in recording new material, they re-recorded some of their most classic songs, added a couple of new compositions and named their "new album" "Thrash Anthems".

Now, I realise how negative I probably come across as being, that every Destruction fan will agree with me that, apart from being one of the most technical European Thrash Metal outfits of the 80's, The trio was renowned for that characteristic sound that gave soul and extra colour to their bombastic compositions. With the intervention of modern technology and a few rearrangements in the refrains and melodic themes, most compositions now sound too damn polished and soulless - perfect example being the horrid new version of my personal favourites "Reject Emotions" and "Curse The Gods". Ironically enough, both "Profanity" and "Deposition (Your Heads Will Roll)", the new compositions which were probably added to lure some of the band's oldest fans such as myself, were a breath of fresh air, together with the very interesting version of "Cracked Brain" which was never sung before by Schmier.

Guys, things are very simple here: Schmier and Mike are definitely far more mature as musicians than they were back in the 80s, and they are still capable of creating good quality Thrash, so I think that they should get their act together and do that, rather than trying to cash in on their glorious past. My advice: feel free to invest in "Thrash Anthems" if you really believe that it is a release worth having - I personally won't.


Review by John Stefanis


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**** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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