Devastation
Idolatry


4.5
superb

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (74 Reviews)
October 1st, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A hidden gem in the cluttered thrash genre

In the late 90's thrash metal for all intents and purposes died after withering away in slow & disgraceful agony. Groove and nu metal replaced thrash as the popular genres while a young generation of metal heads grew older. However, the golden age of thrash left behind some very fine records that largely went unnoticed upon release, particularly in the early 90's. With today's social forums it is much easier to stumble upon one of these hidden gems, as you just have with this album. Devastation were nowhere near popular in their heyday, but to their merit they recorded material that rivals the likes of Sepultura, Demolition Hammer and Death in terms of heaviness and overall riffage.

Idolatry sports more than just standard thrash metal. The over the top riffage and spastic soloing is there, but the band also leans hard towards a death metal style similar to the old school scene, with vocals bordering on insanity and a wall of guitars that never let up. Saying this album is heavy may be a bit of an understatement. This album is not geared towards the casual metal fan. Idolatry may be a grueling experience for some due to the never let up approach taken on this record. There is absolutely no variation from the thrash/death metal style and the album roars at you from start to finish.

If you like riffs, this album has them in spades. Devastation were a technically proficient band and they crafted quality riffs, with more than a few featured in most tracks. Now some technical bands cram ridiculous amounts of riffs into songs and expect things to work and most of the time they don't, but Devastation avoids this issue beautifully. Each riff has time to breathe and add to the song, and the band is careful about overusing them. Solo's aren't in awkward spots either and never overstay their welcome. The drummer deserves a friggin medal for the amount of work he had to do. He just keeps coming at you, never falling below a mid to fast tempo, but of course the bass more or less takes a back seat hear, despite being acceptably audible. Production definitely improved for metal records around this time in the 90's. Idolatry is by no means over produced like modern thrash albums, but it's leagues beyond the muddied, echo-filled mess that some 80's records were.

Devastation never got the credit they deserved within the metal community. Whether it was simply thrash metal's decline in popularity or a lack of label support, these guys went under the radar. It's a shame considering these guys could have probably outplayed some of the most well known acts of their time. For those familiar with the likes of Demolition Hammer and Death, you just found your next favorite album. This ***s heavy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChaoticVortex
October 1st 2015


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Underrated as hell and kicks all kinds of ass. Great review.

evilford
October 1st 2015


53024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules. didn't rly need a rev but sweet

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Cygnatti
October 1st 2015


35364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:]

Cygnatti
October 1st 2015


35364 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't really thrash (I'm an opera fan actually), but I remember getting down to this (rating based on memory tbh).

ThrashTillDeath94
October 1st 2015


801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok Sachiko we get it.



Yeah it didn't need a review at all because Kill's is awesome. I'm just bored and was jamming this. Wanted to share my thoughts.

evilford
October 1st 2015


53024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fair enuf

KILL
October 1st 2015


81241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yea bro goes so hard havent jammed in a while gota change it right now

bloc
October 2nd 2015


66680 Comments


Gotta check

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 24th 2017


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Souls of sacrifice" is the definition of badass riffery, and everything goes so fucking hard here

necropig
May 24th 2017


6302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet



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