by Phrike USER (4 Reviews)
October 9th, 2009 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern thrash metal done right.

Destruction is one of the three German bands that form the Teutonic thrash metal scene, along with Sodom and of course the most famous one, Kreator. I didn´t know much about them (hell, I didn´t have a clue who they were) but since they were closely associated with Kreator which I really love, I decided to give D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., their latest effort a listen.

And I was thouroughly impressed I must say. It may not be the most kick-ass thrash album ever made or the most progressive one but it doesn´t prevent it from being an enjoyable listen. I´ve only heard this and Inventor Of Evil so far so I´m gonna compare just these two, if necessary.

Destruction, much like their counterparts Sodom, consist of only one guitarist which is not a bad thing. Mike Sifringer, one of the two founding members of the band, is very talented and does an excellent job creating fast thrash riffs throughout the whole album and his leads are pretty tight and at times quite melodic. His solos could´ve been better and there could´ve been more of them though. More often he focuses on fitting the solos into the context of the song rather than trying to shred his head off which is not a bad thing at all for the solos don´t sound out of place at all. I was also pretty satisfied with the drummer. He contributes with many interesting fills and he can be really fast which is displayed in Elevator To Hell or the title track. The bass basically follows the guitars but it´s very audible throughout the whole album and adds a fuller sound to the music.

The vocals are hit and miss. Schmier sings mostly in his „normal“ voice but occasionally switches to a high-pitched one. It fits the music well although it may be annoying in some places. Actually Schmier´s voice resembles the one of Mark Osegueda, vocalist of another thrash legend Death Angel.

As I mentioned earlier some songs are more melodic but the melody is not as prevalent as in for example Kreator´s latest offering Hordes Of Chaos. It has definitely enough aggression and speed to please fans of the 80s thrash music. The songs are generally about 4-5 minutes long and fast although not as fast as some songs off Inventor Of Evil (The Alliance of Hellhoundz and Soul Collector, to name a few). While Inventor Of Evil was an attempt to recreate the good old thrash metal of the 80s, D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. finds the band establishing itself in the little group of bands that haven´t lost the ability to write good music and stick to their roots.

The first five songs follow basically the same pattern with furious riffing, drumming and powerful vocal performance. Elevator To Hell is one hell of a song with a headbangeable riff and crushing chorus. Last Desperate Scream, along with the menacing Seven Deadly Sins are probably the fastest songs here and highlights of the album. Offenders Of The Throne manages to combine the strained, almost growly voice in verses with the power metalish high-pitched shouting during the chorus. Urge (The Greed of Gain) breaks the formula, offering a slower, more melodic approach and features solos by guest guitarists Jeff Waters of Annihilator and Gary Holt (Exodus). But do not mistake this song for a ballad, it´s too damn heavy to be one. After these 6 great songs the quality of the album starts to wane however. Inner Indulgence has some recycled riffs and the chorus is quite annoying. No One Shall Survive serves as the album closer but fails to keep the listener interested as it only rehashes the material from the first half of the album without being exceptionally fast nor interesting in any way.

With D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. Destruction manages to establish itself as one of the leading bands in the modern thrash metal scene as easily as they did 20 years ago which is quite impressive. This doesn´t surpass Inventor Of Evil but that wasn´t the aim of this album either. Destruction prove that they still can produce good music on a regular basis, a feat many influential 80s bands failed to achieve. Oh, and the first letters of each track spell out the word Devolution. I mean how awesome is that"

Final score -> 4/5

Recommended tracks:
Elevator to Hell
Vicious Circle - The Seven Deadly Sins
Last Desperate Scream
Urge (The Greed of Gain)

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October 9th 2009


Infernal Overkill will always be the best Destruction alvbum imo. Get that, The Antichrist, Mad Butcher and Release From Agony

I will check this out later

south_of_heaven 11
October 9th 2009


Album Rating: 2.5


October 10th 2009


I've kinda lost interest in Destruction nowadays. I will check this out in a near future though.

October 10th 2009


Actually it was your review of Inventor Of Evil that inspired me to write this one

Imo if you enjoyed IoE (and still do) you will be quite pleased with this album, it´s not so raw but it is a nicely polished thrash metal album with lots of energy (think of Enemy Of God for example)

Why the lost interest?

south_of_heaven 11
October 10th 2009


Album Rating: 2.5

comparison to Enemy of God is pretty accurate, both that and this are not that good.

October 10th 2009


Actually it was your review of Inventor Of Evil that inspired me to write this one
Hehe, thank you. Feels good that some of reviews has an impact on people.
My interest in thrash has started to fade. I can't download shit anymore (atm) and I can't find albums that I want to buy.

November 15th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

When this first came out i was way into it, but now i think destruction need to stop making albums.

Urge is a great song though

January 15th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Urge is the best thing here. I still prefer The Antichrist and Inventor of Evil but this isn't too bad.

September 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

good album , Destruction !

Contributing Reviewer
February 24th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

For me certainly the band's weakest output of the 21st century, but then when an album like this overshadowed by the greatness of "Inventor of Evil", I guess it's hard to regain that awesomeness. Nonetheless, despite 4 or 5 songs proving somewhat drab and bland, songs such as as 'Devolution' and 'The violation of morality' still manage to showcase Destruction's more powerful and eccentric instrumental talents.

Digging: Diabolical - Eclipse

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