Destroyer 666
Unchain The Wolves


4.5
superb

Review

by ComeToDaddy CONTRIBUTOR (33 Reviews)
February 12th, 2015 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You won't escape Satan's hammer.

The modern metal landscape is rife with acts pushing their boundaries and diversifying their influences. With any given album, there’s a high likelihood you’ll find examples of folk, crust, ambient, classical and a whole other slew of genres that have integrated themselves into metal in recent years. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the steady push for diversity makes originality even scarcer, and while there are often artists who stand out because of how many different influences they have, that’s all they are at the end of the day - Influences. Deströyer 666 takes their lead from nobody. There’s no inspirations, no following in other’s footsteps; the band simply sets out to write the most god-damned evil thing they possibly can, and succeed because they don’t give a *** what came before them. They refuse to be chained to those who formed the foundations of the genre, and use this determination to write a wholly refreshing and unique slab of metal.

While loosely referred to as blackened thrash, the term isn't indicative of what you’ll find here at all; it’s aggression in its most primal form. That's not to say the music is bland and predictable in it's focus, as the band gives each track more than enough space to evolve and progress, often incidentally drawing a path between different subgenres and charting the entire spectrum of metal in the process. You’ll find elements of thrash, black, death and progressive metal all finding their way into the mix as the songs continue in their search for Satan, without ever feeling contrived or tacked on. In direct contrast to the instrumental variety however, Warslut adopts a vicious snarl for the vocals and stubbornly refuses to change at any point, bludgeoning you over the head for the entire duration of the album. It fits in with the bands general work ethic of refusing to add diversity for diversity’s sake, and though back-to-back listens can blend together due to the permanency of the vocal style, any alternative would feel trite and detract from the atmosphere pervading the album's runtime.

You like complex lyricism with detailed narratives and unique subject matter? Well you came to the wrong place, because all you’re getting here is raw, unadulterated metal. The lyrics cover the 4 most important things: war, Satan, alcohol and sex. It’s crude - almost too juvenile to be read off a lyric sheet, but when you hear Warslut spit the words at you with as much spite and malice as he can muster, it’s easy to take seriously. Yet, even with all the vocal and atmospheric consistency, the songs all wind and twist in different directions. The band go straight from the slow-burning opener 'Genesis to Genocide', to the fast-paced thrasher 'Australian and the Anti-Christ' and then into a catchy, riff-laden monster in 'Satan's Hammer', while still managing to maintain the menacing aesthetic that presents itself right from the church bell tolls that signal the album's beginning. The band consistently travel off the beaten path, and are capable of catching even the most seasoned metal veterans off-guard with the serpentine track they choose to embark on.

Rarely has a band embodied the black heart and twisted soul of metal as perfectly as Deströyer 666. There's plenty of artists that have blended together the styles utilized here, but few have done it in such an original manner. Every second of this harrowing journey is filled with the icy winds and freezing snow that defines the landscape of black metal, yet Unchain the Wolves stands apart due to its unwillingness to rest on the foundations of a single genre, eschewing trends and forging a new path. It's an album that's impossible to recommend based on one's love for a particular band or album, but is nonetheless a gem that should be experienced by any who appreciate metal at its cold, malicious core.



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ComeToDaddy
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2015


658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've had really severe writers block lately, so I put together a review for an older metal album I love. As great as Simbolic's review is, it needed a more descriptive one for people who are legitimately curious about the band. As always, constructive criticism is welcomed and appreciated

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OvDeath
February 11th 2015


1839 Comments


best band ever agreed

bestial warlust also rules

also check out my band GOAT DESTROYER 666: https://goatdestroyer666.bandcamp.com/

first track is a rip-off of the hook from this album's title track

UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES

UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES

UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES
UNCHAIN THE WOLVES

SET THEM FUCKING WIIIIIIIIIILD!

ComeToDaddy
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2015


658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hahahaha 'Unrope the Goats' that's beautiful. I'll set aside some time tomorrow and give it a spin

ScuroFantasma
February 11th 2015


2824 Comments


TOO
..MUCH..
MERTALLZ

great review CTD, band seems wild, might have to slip this into a playlist at some point.

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facupm
February 11th 2015


9181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

holy shit pos

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TheSonomaDude
February 11th 2015


1160 Comments


i havent heard this but it sounds awesome,

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2015


2709 Comments


(edit: fixed)

love the 3rd paragraph

that's all i got, nice work daddy

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ComeToDaddy
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2015


658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh damn, thanks for that catch Johnny. Fixed it up

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


2107 Comments


Awesome review, dude. It kept my attention throughout and was incredibly entertaining.

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Keyblade
February 12th 2015


15770 Comments


Sweet review for a killer album

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facupm
February 12th 2015


9181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i havent heard this




what are you waiting for

adr
February 12th 2015


4753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome band

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


20285 Comments


spiffy review man. not sure if i've told you before but i think you'd make a great contributor

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theyrehere
February 12th 2015


33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice, kinda makes me wanna do a Witchaven review

south_of_heaven 11
February 12th 2015


5441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must have a new album by these guys.

ComeToDaddy
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@sig, thanks man. I think you'd really enjoy this



@atari, really appreciate that, thanks. We'll see how the applications go, fingers crossed!

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


3839 Comments


i've gotta check this album.

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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2015


2107 Comments


Definitely checking this sometime this weekend, will let you know what I think dude.

ZombicidalMan
February 13th 2015


2100 Comments


haven't jammed this in forever, but it is most certainly a classic



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