Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.


4.0
excellent

Review

by peartnoy USER (21 Reviews)
March 14th, 2014 | 160 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The 3rd best thing coming from Italy after Pizza and Monica Bellucci, no joke.

Once in a while you hear music completely unexpected that fills you with joy and excitement. In this early 2014, Destrage’s new album Are You Kidding Me? No! is the album that made feel that way not farther than two days ago. It started about two weeks ago when their single ‘’Purania’’ came in my Youtube feed on MetalBladeRecords’ channel. I didn’t know that the band even existed, so giant was my surprise when I listened to the song the first time. It started straight enough with punchy but generic hard-rock and chugging riffs yet followed by something so right field yet so coherent that I won’t spoil it. That was the moment where I realized that I finally found something new and unique without even searching for it. For the first time in forever, I bought an album without listening to anything but one song, and again that was a good decision!

To describe this album in a few words would be almost impossible because of how diverse and dynamic it is. Think of it like Protest The Hero meets SikTh meets pretty much anything else possible. What is so impressive about it is that it flows so incredibly well. When something is unexpected, it’s almost always for the right reasons (read: holy sh*t!). An example would be in ‘’My Green Neighbour’’, where an absolutely batsh*t crazy mathcore section transitions in guitar riffs with a groove recalling those of Pantera in their prime (oh yes I went there). Another example would be in ‘’G.O.D’’ where the most badass and tasteful drum fill ever created segues into a rocking solo section Dream Theater could have came up with. The band constantly tries to outdo itself, both creatively and technically.

And when they’re creating more focused songs, the band fares just as well. ‘’Hosts, Rifles, Coke’’ for example opens with one of the most metal riffs I’ve heard in a long time and doesn’t disappoint with an extremely memorable chorus. ‘’Where The Things Have No Colour’’ however, is the real elephant in the room. Where most of the others are constantly in your face, constantly shifting and even hilarious, this song is a more serious, laid back and carefully constructed one. It begins with beautiful acoustic guitars and ends with an epic (sorry there’s no other word) symphonic breakdown without changing tone or tempo once, and is an album highlight because of it. It shows that these guys can do pretty much anything they set themselves to do.

So this album is perfect right? No it is not. My main problem is with vocalist Paolo Colavolpe’s vocal delivery. I found Paolo’s singing to be overly aggressive and silly at times where a more melodic approach may have balanced things out a bit. To his credit though, the harsh vocals are extremely well executed and used in all the right places. Also, as good as each song is, the whole gets tiresome after a while because almost all the songs are on a similar level of pace and heaviness. Now, I realize that both my complaints are probably things the band purposefully did. However, I still think they could benefit from expanding their ‘’weird sections’’ sometimes, like make a song a mathcore mindf*ck from beginning to end or refer to the same specific experiment like ‘’salsa’’ multiple times in a song instead of just passing through it.

So this album is awesome right? Oh yes it is. I can’t even remember how many times this album made me both headbang and smile in a matter of a few seconds. It is the 3rd best thing coming from Italy after Pizza and Monica Bellucci, no joke.



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peartnoy
March 13th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't review something in forever. Thought this would be a good way to get back in!

Propose
March 13th 2014


821 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sounds promising will check

peartnoy
March 13th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Purania should give you a good idea even if it's not my favorite here.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


1687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds sick.

peartnoy
March 13th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is!

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2014


1687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the vocalist reminds me of Drew Yorke from Stray from the Path.

peartnoy
March 13th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to Stray from the Path like once a long time ago so I can't agree or not haha

Acanthus
March 14th 2014


9545 Comments


"Puriania" link if anyone's interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4TO-LqP_Cs

This is definitely interesting, but lacks something and I can't put my finger on it. Kezia era PTH had it, and this sometimes gets close to that, but just doesn't quite equal out.

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Acanthus
March 14th 2014


9545 Comments


Maybe it's the production/placement of the vocals, these seem to be layered in and not at the forefront; makes it seem more subdued.

TheRubberbandMan
March 14th 2014


151 Comments


I see SikTh is listed, will definitely look into this then.

Also, don't forget pasta!

North0House2
March 14th 2014


5889 Comments


This is pretty rad.

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drewkar
March 14th 2014


106 Comments


I wish this wasn't so overproduced, good record though

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drewkar
March 14th 2014


106 Comments


Purania is easily the worst track here, just saying.

Calc
March 14th 2014


12358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ummm...


spaghetti?

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YuriZakhaev
March 14th 2014


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Overproduced a bit like drew said, but a pretty solid record. Reminded me of Protest the Hero
instantly.

peartnoy
March 14th 2014


1228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so happy this review got featured!

Calc
March 14th 2014


12358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude this shit rips, very psyopus-y in parts only it seems to have a purpose. great fucking find.

Emim
March 14th 2014


26675 Comments


Well now I need this.

facupm
March 14th 2014


8558 Comments


pizza>

Faraudo
March 14th 2014


726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This needed a review so bad, well done man.

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