Destruction
Infernal Overkill


2.5
average

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
March 9th, 2013 | 112 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A debut that shows a lot of potential, but falls short due to shoddy production and underwhelming vocals.

Veteran metal act Destruction, a band known for popularizing thrash in Germany and much of Europe, had an extremely humble beginning. Released at a time when thrash was in its infancy, this album shows a young band with much to prove and lots of potential, much like the genre itself at the time. Infernal Overkill combines raw aggression and sheer bravado together and the outcome is a mixed bag of highs and lows. Everything you can typically expect from a classic thrash record is here: whether its the technical and heavy riffing, the frantic and angry sounding solos, or even the energetic and fast drumming. Still, this album has more than its fair share of rough spots.

First and foremost, this albums suffers from poor production values. The overall sound of the album is muffled and dirty, and the bass lines are buried beneath the other instrumentals. While this isn't necessarily uncommon for the time in which the album was released, it is nonetheless extremely disappointing. Production aside, Destruction's guitarist is perhaps the major bright spot on this album. From a technical standpoint, the guitarist can shred. The riffs are very compelling and are almost never overused, and when he does solo, it is frantic and expertly executed. The drumming is equally proficient, and keeps the tempo at a decidedly fast pace, adding slightly technical fills at certain points in the album. The vocals on the other hand, are very typical of the genre, showing very little variation in pitch, and tone. The vocalist utilizes rough shouts and occasional low growls throughout most of the recording, and his performance never really lives up to the instrumentals. The only thing the vocals really achieve, is giving the album a slightly more aggressive sound.

The album clocks in at a mere 39 minutes, so it is a relatively short listen. All of the songs are extremely fast paced and heavy, yet there is no variety with regards to genre and style. This is a standard and typical thrash album. While the band would certainly go on to prove themselves in the years to come, Infernal Overkill is far from perfect. It does show a band with a lot of potential room for growth, yet it falls flat when compared to later releases from the band. If you want to hear your first Destruction album, seek out Eternal Devastation, or Released From Agony, as these albums display a much more accomplished and matured band.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThrashTillDeath94
March 8th 2013


622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Probably gonna get a lot of crap for this review, but I really just did not dig this one like I
probably should have.

Digging: Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel

pissbore
March 8th 2013


9934 Comments


wow 2.5? change your fuckin username god damn

ThrashTillDeath94
March 8th 2013


622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I suspected as much...

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


"when thrash was in it's infancy" (should be its not it's) ;)

"much like the genre it's self at the time" (i'm sure you know it should be itself ha these things halppen)

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


everybody is entitled to their own opinion. i like the raw production and this is actually my favorite destruction. but not a bad review

ThrashTillDeath94
March 8th 2013


622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks Atari, sometimes these little typos an whatnot need pointed out.

And I appreciate the positive feedback.

tempest--
March 8th 2013


14638 Comments


This album is great, but sometimes the tracks feel a little disjointed, especially "Death Trap".

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


no problem, i've been doing on it with pretty much everybody not just you haha. helps me grow as a writer too. pos'd by the way

KILL
March 8th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its no monolith thats for sure!"

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


typical KILL post.



KILL
March 8th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

typical smd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


i can't find it! is it really that small? : D

KILL
March 8th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

half of its up ur mummies pooper :D

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


my mom's dead gross

KILL
March 8th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that way she cant fucking moan about her pussy bitch son its better that way trust me and its more pleasurable with all the bugs runnin down my shaft

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20158 Comments


lmao

ShadowRemains
March 8th 2013


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

are you fucking high...

jesuslover46
March 8th 2013


578 Comments


2.5??? get a dick

ThrashTillDeath94
March 9th 2013


622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

WHAT? I HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION THAN YOU! OMG I must not have a dick.

Grow up.

ThrashTillDeath94
March 9th 2013


622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You must be the epitome of manliness



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