Destruction
Infernal Overkill


4.5
superb

Review

by Exhorder USER (11 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 23 replies | 1,659 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A debut that actually outdoes all of their other material... wow

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

For those unaware of the German thrash tyrants Destruction, what thrash metal-proof rock have you been living under for the past thirty years? Formed in 1982, the band were originally named as Knight of Demon but in 1984 changed their name to Destruction for the reason that it had much more of an impact. One year later they unleashed Infernal Overkill upon the thrash metal community which was largely unprepared for the unprecedented display of raw aggression that Destruction brought with them. This was months before the release of such evil sounding albums as Hell Awaits that defined what the thrash metal style really meant, so many people had not got a clue in what way to take Destruction's debut, one that has long since gone down in history as one of the best the genre has provided. Destruction eventually went on to complete the three kings of the Teutonic Thrash Metal scene alongside fellow greats Kreator and Sodom.

Infenal Overkill opens up with Invincible Force which kicks the album off superbly with two fantastic riffs coupled by a ridiculously high pitched shriek from vocalist/bassist Marcel Shirmer and then dives headfirst into the verse. This song is one of the best in the band's entire discography and stands as a landmark album opener and one of the songs that showed that thrash metal was no longer going to piss around with speed-metal influenced nonsense and instead carries itself along at a lightning pace. Sure, thrash had already had a couple of classics released, Ride The Lightning in particular standing out, but Infernal Overkill showed off new levels of ferocity. The riffs are plenty in number and always of the absolute highest caliber, the vocals sound ready to rip the listeners face off, the soloing is incredible, and Thomas Sandmann was one of the best drummers of his time for sure.

No sooner has Invincible Force ended than the ridiculously fast-paced riff to Death Trap comes in and you find yourself thrashing your neck again. This album really does not piss around at all, being consistently quick paced, and aggressive. Schirmer sounds a little weak, as though he is trying too hard to sound evil on this song, but that is balanced out finely by the marvelous drumming incessantly hammering away in the background and a perfectly placed solo that just sounds simply divine. The final third of this song is one of the best moments on the album with its incredible pacing and furious guitar work packing quite a punch.

Bestial Invasion stands out as the best song on here with a thundering riff that opens it up and from there onwards its a mash-up of some of the best guitar work in thrash metal. The riffs are fairly technical for their day and certainly faster than what pretty much any band in the thrash genre had attempted at the time and the vocals are completely chaotic. The bass work is, for once, audible and the drumming is powerful just to finish it all off. If there is one song off of this album that comes highly recommended it is Bestial Invasion as it really is one of the bands finest and the chorus is truly incredible. If you can listen to it without roaring "BESTIAL INVASION" at the top of your lungs then you aren't cut out for this genre at all.

The only real weaknesses that this album has are the production, which is rather flat although allowing every instrument to be heard, and the fact that at times the vocals aren't the best. Schirmer would vastly improve in the more technically-challenging follow up Eternal Devestation, but on here he has his moments of just taking that little bit of genius away from the product as a whole. Aside from this there are very few pre-1986 thrash albums that i would recommend quite as highly as this one, and it is a masterpiece to be heard by all.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



14508 Comments


"changed their name to Destruction for the reason that it had much more of an impact"
how would they know that in advance when they changed it ? needs the future tense here

"Infenal Overkill opens up with Invincible Force which kicks the album off"
Spelling wrong and you only need to say that this is the first song once.

"coupled by a ridiculously"
coupled with

"Sure, thrash had already had a couple of classics released"
a genre doesn't release albums

"The riffs are plenty in number"
riffometer ?

"and Thomas Sandmann was one of the best drummers of his time for sure"
lose the 'for sure'

"consistently quick paced, and aggressive"
no comma needed

"its a mash-up"
it's

"technically-challenging"
no hyphen here

"but on here he has his moments of just taking that little bit of genius away from the product as a whole"
sounds silly

You say Bestial Invasion is the best song twice.

Digging: Atomic Ape - Swarm

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



14508 Comments


you've done some really nice reviews in the past what's happening ?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



18212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules. I slightly prefer Eternal Devastation though.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



18212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, I hope you give it a high rating.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



18212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

KILL
November 28th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



ViperAces
November 28th 2012



12358 Comments


Only heard release

ShadowRemains
November 28th 2012



19440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album fucking slays

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



18620 Comments


album fucking slays [2]

forgot how good this one was

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

ThrashK
December 2nd 2012



50 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The review is okay. Won't pos or neg it now.

This needed a review so hard, one of my all-time favorite thrash albums, let alone Destruction's best.

evilford
December 4th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ugh so gud

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012



18620 Comments


yup

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012



18212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed. Glad this has a review now even if it is skele's.

evilford
December 4th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol. true a review is a review

he also reviewed Immolation - Shadows in the Light upon my request, which had no review up to that point.

there are still some great albums that should have reviews and don't.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2012



18212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah there's loads of albums that should have reviews that don't. When I write reviews, which is pretty rare these days, I make sure I review albums that don't already have one.

evilford
December 6th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OMG THE RIFFZ

evilford
December 11th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so

SO

good

PkxKillerXPartyHat
December 11th 2012



14 Comments


lol it is green on my screen

70sPriestIsBetter
January 23rd 2013



1934 Comments


SATAN HOLY SATAN

evilford
January 29th 2013



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

riffs



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