Destruction
Eternal Devastation


4.5
superb

Review

by Exhorder USER (11 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 23 replies | 2,834 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Destruction at their peak, this has their best riffs and a chaotic vocal performance.

2 of 5 thought this review was well written

When one has such a solid foundation as Infernal Overkill to build off then they need only repeat the formula of the previous release and clean it up a little to make another winning album. Examples of such a thought process can be found throughout the music industry, and exceedingly prominently in the thrash genre. Metallica are criminal to it with Master Of Puppets merely feeling like Ride The Lightning Mk. II, Anthrax did it with Among The Living and Kreator did it twice following Pleasure To Kill with their albums Terrible Certainty and Extreme Aggression. On the odd occasion however, maybe once in a blue moon, there is an exception to this example where a band will take their previous album and actually build off it to create a far superior work of art. It can safely be said that this was what Destruction did with their 1986 album Eternal Devastation and it absolutely destroys their debut.

What was accomplished with Infernal Overkill was merely a taster of what the band was prepared to unleash on this album but it actually does not start at all sounding like their debut. To begin with what we are gifted is a few strange sounds before launching into a mid-paced riff with the second guitar track playing a technically proficient riff. To say that Mike Sifringer stepped his game up would be a complete understatement and actually insult what he accomplishes on here. In place of the breakneck one-dimensional riffs on Infernal Overkill are a variety of highly enjoyable riffs that never fail to sound both brutal and incredible. This album is a lot more technically-oriented than the debut but without ever taking this aspect of their music too far and letting it overshadow the actual sound that the band created. On here every single song sounds absolutely apocalyptic and epic but it never ever feels like the band has drawn the songs out for too long. Each one of these is paced to sheer perfection so that even the longest of the songs, album closer Confused Mind, whizzes past before you know what has hit you.

The soloing on here completely destroys what was found on Infernal Overkill being highly melodic and yet still they are played insanely fast. The solos on here do not feel like a seperate entity as they did on the debut but instead blend perfectly into the rest of the music to create seamless songs that never feel at all disjointed. Confound Games sticks out in particular as the best example of their music just flowing along and always being as tight as it gets. The riffs are amazing and if the riff during the chorus does not make your jaw drop to the floor then the album is being approached from the wrong angle. For those looking for balls-out thrashing in the vein of Infernal Overkill or perhaps some of Nuclear Assault's finer works then this is also present, and again I point to Confound Games which picks up during the solo to a ridiculous pace. But it is the riff that follows this speedier section that you will keep coming back to, being so perfectly written and actually carrying such an atmosphere alongside it that it will just steamroll the listener flat.

United By Hatred starts off with an amazing solo and chugs along for a moment afterwards before launching into the fastest song on the album and it is here that another one of the changes between their debut and this can be found. Even when this album is thundering along at a thousand miles an hour it still sounds thoroughly tight without any of the disjointed aspects that came to the front of Infernal Overkill. In particular Marcel Shirmer handles his vocal lines on here a lot better than he ever accomplished on that release. It seems that with age has come maturity as the only problems that can be found with Eternal Devastation is that the production on the guitars is still a little flat and this seeps through at the slower sections of the album. Aside from this, Eternal Devastation is the band's masterpiece and a must-have for any thrash metal fan.



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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whoa that was quick. Glad this has a review now, awesome album.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



19672 Comments


I'm confused your other destruction review says their debut outdoes everything the band has done now this review says this album destroys their debut? Lol props for reviewing these though

Topaz
November 28th 2012



324 Comments


You've combined your conclusion with more explanation about the album

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012



2016 Comments


I being very generous right now, the review actually looked half-way decent.

KILL
November 29th 2012



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rocks

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2012



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hard

ViperAces
November 29th 2012



12401 Comments


"Says he'll do it this evening

Does it 5 minutes after the first one"

hahaha

evilford
December 15th 2012



22356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album. but I still think I prefer Infernal Overkill and Release From Agony over this easily

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2012



19672 Comments


Their first 3 are all so good

evilford
December 15th 2012



22356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

Release From Agony title track is basically as addictive as metal can get

pissbore
January 12th 2013



9935 Comments


curse the gods rules fucking hard

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2013



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yes. Wearing my Eternal Devastation t shirt right now m/

KILL
January 12th 2013



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

jamie you must be the only other thrasher in england damn

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2013



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah prob.

evilford
January 12th 2013



22356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

M/

pissbore
January 12th 2013



9935 Comments


hard

pissbore
March 15th 2013



9935 Comments


sweet album

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2013



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The riff at 2:19 in Life Without Sense rules so hard.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2013



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 8th 2013



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it's probably my favourite too, although Infernal Overkill comes really close.



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