Destruction
The Antichrist


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
December 11th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Schmier Takes a Sledge Hammer and Kills Random People: The Soundtrack

You ever watch someone get punched in the face in slow motion? You probably have, and you can’t deny its ability to captivate you into saying “oh s***!” For instance, in UFC knock-out replays, you and all of your buddies will lean forward on the edge of your seats to watch that one punch (or a kick if that fighter was a truly unlucky bastard that night) just land smack-dab in the middle of their face. Now imagine how much that had to have sucked to receive a blow like that, because that’s what it like listening to Destruction “The Antichrist”, an immensely over-the-top berserk trip that’s spitting out anti-social/religious ideals like an inner-city rehab spits out untreated druggies.

There’s that age-old question of “If God exists, why is there so much evil?” The correct question should be “If God exists, why is there Schmier?” For those who don’t know, Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer hates you. He hates your family, your friends, and he’d probably impregnate your girlfriend and bail on the child support payments if he ever got the chance. When he left Destruction back in 1989, the band pretty much died. Without his hellish rasp blasting from the microphone, their edge was lost. After releasing one full-length (which is no longer considered to be part of the discography) and two EP’s, Schmier returned in 1999. After a successful comeback album (All Hell Breaks Loose), Destruction released “The Antichrist”, one of the pinnacles in modern thrash.

What’s so great about “The Antichrist” is just how pissed off it is. Almost every time you read a review on a metal band, someone will say “these guys are angry”. To their credit, they are usually right because metal is a form of aggressive emotion. However, “The Antichrist” is about as angry and f***ing vicious of an album since Slayer’s “Reign in Blood”. The intro broods the feeling of uncertainty with spoken verses about mankind’s worst fear (the anti-christ) before the tribute thrasher “Thrash Til’ Death” lowers its head and charges at you like a bull that has a rubber band around his testicles. What’s that eardrums? You can’t handle it? Grow a f***ing pair. Mike Sifringer’s guitar riffs throughout this album, especially on “Nailed to the Cross”, “Dictators of Cruelty”, and “The Heretic”, are about as frantic as a junkie going cold-turkey; he flies all over his fret board, shredding it into submission. When he teams up with Schmier’s jackhammer bass and throaty screams, it sounds like a stampede is coming straight out of your speakers.

It doesn’t really matter that when you’re on “Creations of the Underworld” you won’t know the tracks have changed, because it’s such a pulverizing experience you just won’t care at all. That’s not to say that there are not highlights as the album churns on, like “Godfather of Slander”, which features effects on Schmier’s voice at points to make him seem like he’s drifting in and out of consciousness, all the while standing next to razor-sharp, climbing riffs from Mike. The last song, “The Heretic”, features some of the best thrash drumming by Marc Reign that’s been seen in awhile, since his style reminds of Dave Lombardo. Marc isn’t a technical jack-off, but he sounds like he’ll put holes through any drum you put in front of him. Most of the time, he’s drumming style really backs up Schmier’s fanatical vocals, which fly all over the place much like Marc’s drumming.

The year 2001 was made into Destruction’s bitch with this album. It takes no s***, and gives as much as it possibly can to whoever listens to it. Schmier is downright one of the most f***ed up and twisted individuals I have ever had the pleasure of listening to scream, and when he’s backed up by equally talented musicians in Mike and Marc, chaos ensues in the form of extreme thrashing. One thing’s for certain and that is if there’s a Hell, every member of Destruction is going there.

Overall – 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks:
Thrash Til’ Death
Nailed to the Cross
Bullets From Hell
Godfather of Slander
The Heretic



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south_of_heaven 11
December 11th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is fucking bad-ass.

Slaytan
December 11th 2007


1186 Comments


Sounds brutal. If this is as pissed off as you say it is, I'll be very happy.

south_of_heaven 11
December 11th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is the only Destruction you know Thrash Anthems? Cause those were just re-recordings of old songs. "The Antichrist" is considered one of the best modern thrash releases, let alone one of Destruction's best. It's fucking evil dude.This Message Edited On 12.11.07

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This Schmier sounds like a real sick mother. Reign In Blood is amazing, and so is this description. Took your advice on Destroyer 666 at success so going to do the same here. Solid written piece, i've been listening to a little bit too much melosympho bullshit, time to get back into the aggresive stuff.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

south_of_heaven 11
December 11th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Schmier hates society. Look into this, it's awesome, though it's nothing like Destroyer 666.

Slaytan
December 11th 2007


1186 Comments


Is the only Destruction you know Thrash Anthems? Cause those were just re-recordings of old songs.

Yeah, and I was unaware of that. I suppose that was fairly ignorant of me. I'll definitely have to get this then.

south_of_heaven 11
December 11th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The problem with old Destruction albums is that the production on them is beyond terrible. There was an interview that I read awhile back ago that had Schmier saying how he was still pissed off at how bad the production was for that time period, so that's why they re-recorded some of those tracks. "The Antichrist", on the other hand, has great production that's not too clear, but not too murky...it's just right.

Slaytan
December 11th 2007


1186 Comments


Cool, thanks for the info man. /posThis Message Edited On 12.11.07

jrowa001
December 12th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. i have been meaning to get this album. i have Inventor of Evil which is one of my fav thrash albums ever, and THrash Anthems which is pretty good as well

Altmer
December 12th 2007


5652 Comments


oh god thrash.

good review.

south_of_heaven 11
December 12th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More like "oh wahoo thrash!"

The difference between this and "Inventor of Evil" is song structure. A lot of the tracks on Inventor of Evil seem more thought-out and intricate, while on "The Antichrist" they're just fucking fast and evil. Think of a bunch of tracks like "Killing Machine" and "The Chosen Ones" and you get "The Antichrist".This Message Edited On 12.12.07

Altmer
December 12th 2007


5652 Comments


Thrash gets really boring for me after 3 songs unless it's Slayer.

south_of_heaven 11
December 12th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You sadden me Altmer

McP3000
December 12th 2007


3941 Comments


The entire premise of this album brings lulz

FR33L0RD
December 12th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oupsyThis Message Edited On 12.12.07

Dethtrasher
December 12th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, this album is so good! Nailed To The Cross is probably one of their greatest tracks ever. Dictators Of Cruelty and Creations Of The underworld are killer tracks as well. Great job!

south_of_heaven 11
December 12th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FR33L0RD what the hell man, nice comment :lol:
Word Robin, this album is killer. I think I like it more than Inventor of Evil now though.

ASberg
December 12th 2007


2161 Comments


I got to get more destruction. i only have one album and this seems nice.

FR33L0RD
December 13th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@ south,

Yep, i posted in the wrong topic, so i had to edit.

ThrashInMyHead
February 17th 2012


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review looking forward for more



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