Destroyer 666
Wildfire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (264 Reviews)
February 28th, 2016 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still destroying, still undoubtedly 666.

Destroyer 666 have come to the point in their career where they are now widely respected in the extreme metal underground for bringing the power of their studio performance to the live stage in a way which instantly echoes nostalgia, regardless of whoever attends the band's shows and however many times. They're a shining example of how "getting it right" when it comes to transferring the studio magic to the forefront of a live audience has never been so meaningful or important. That's not to say the band should stop producing new studio albums, and thank the virtuous lord Satan they haven't. This year's new effort, simply entitled Wildfire, demonstrates a 7-year difference between its predecessor, the equally as menacing and belligerent Defiance in 2009. Basically, taking the time to crack out new material seems to work for the band undoubtedly.

Here's what you need to know: Wildfire is every bit as vital as the rest of Destroyer 666's discography, and never fails to make the listener erupt into an endless array of headbanging, hellish sweat and nostalgic feeling. Essentially, it's such a fun record, and those who choose not to listen are sorely missing out. From the venomous beginning of album opener "Traitor", the 40-minute release doesn't let up until the bitter, chaotic end of closer "Tamam Shud". The instrumentation is practically spot on here. Whilst the best instrumental cut from this album is "Artiglio del Diavolo", most of the songs develop a strong, solid performance made ever fruitful by the versatile and energetic guitar work, whilst at the same time providing a naturally fast pace for everything to ride along as swiftly as possible. Instrumentally, the album as a whole seems at ease, if you will. This isn't to say that the band are being lazy here (they really aren't!), just that the likes of "Live and Burn", the title track and "Die You ***ing Pig" all seem so fluent and give further proof that Destroyer 666 here are comfortably in their element, as with previous releases. It should be duly noted however that there's also a lot of versatility going on here, more often than not regarding the guitar work. Whether you're after a gritty sound (Title track, "Traitor", "Live and Burn"), one that is menacing and which seems to invoke a demonic force ("Hymn to Dionysus", "Tamam Shud") or the thrashier youthful exuberance of the band's palette ("Hounds at Ya Back"), it's doubtless that Wildfire offers something for everyone. Of course, there's the odd song or two which demonstrates Destroyer 666 veering towards the "going through the motions" phase (namely "White Line Fever" and "Die You ***ing Pig"), but generally what we have here a fluent fusion of nostalgic black, death and thrash metal.

So what is there to accompany such an eccentric all-round instrumental performance" Vocals and lyrics of course. Whilst neither are quite as vital or in-your-face as the instrumentation itself, they certainly help to invoke that excited candy-shop loving child within many a metal fan's soul. The lyrics can be divided into two sections: Those which evoke themes most prominent in the early days of NWOBHM ("Live and Burn", title track) and those which veer towards definitive black metal territory, bringing up unashamedly evil menace ("Hymn to Dionysus", "Tamam Shud"). Despite a few songs almost veering on ridiculous territory because of lyrics thought to be "silly" rather than taken seriously, the content here is strongly developed on a consistent basis thanks to the venomous vocal delivery of K.K. Warslut and Kutzbach, both members also balancing the energy to suit the instrumental aspect. Whilst the majority of the vocal delivery demonstrates a harsh, bitter emotional barrier towards any sense of melody or harmony, there are moments which work beautifully well. Take "Hounds at Ya Back" for example, a song which wouldn't sound out of place had it been recorded three decades ago. It revels in its constant homages to the NWOBHM-laced scene of that particular era, but the interplay between the vocals and lyrics provide the icing on the proverbial cake. The vocals provide a fitting backdrop for the lyrical content, and carry them off alongside riveting instrumental performances consistently well.

Whether or not this will go on to be Destroyer 666's finest release is down to personal preference, but it will definitely be yet another memorable release to add to the band's proudly consistent discography. Newcomers to the band's seemingly endless array of tasteful solos and menacing riffs will like what they hear as much as the cult following from Destroyer 666's early days, but it's certain that you'll find something to latch onto here, whether it's the instrumental vigour of "Artiglio del Diavolo" or the galloping, rhythmic "Hounds at Ya Back". For 2016, Destroyer 666 have given us one of the year's most memorable and excitable releases of the year.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2016


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

c/c is welcome as always.



Took me a long time to write this one in all honesty, but I'll be damned if this isn't going to be one of my favourite albums of 2016. Time will tell, but it's such a fun and invigorating listen.

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Hawks
February 28th 2016


57221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't wait to jam this, sweet review bro.

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Ebola
February 28th 2016


3142 Comments


I've never been that big a fan of this band, but this rips

south_of_heaven 11
February 28th 2016


5508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hounds at Ya Back is amazing.



Album is starting 2016 off right

Asmodeuss1990
February 28th 2016


368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review. Totally deserves to be featured.

tempest--
February 28th 2016


20626 Comments


hell yes

Hawks
February 28th 2016


57221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok yeah this fucking rips as expected. m/

Keyblade
February 28th 2016


25756 Comments


oh snap this is out

Ashen
February 28th 2016


1455 Comments


album is not disappointing. band rules

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Hawks
February 28th 2016


57221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they've never made a bad album agreed.

ZippaThaRippa
February 28th 2016


10419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fucking love the summary to this

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2016


23766 Comments


"So what is there to accompany such an eccentric all-round instrumental performance? Vocals and lyrics of course."

I'm sorry, this was hilarious.

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ComeToDaddy
February 28th 2016


1708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

AWWW shit this snuck up on me, onnit

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2016


11489 Comments


Good review but agreed with Ov that the flow is interrupted a bit. Solid write-up though, can't wait to get this m/

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 29th 2016


7877 Comments


Album stream:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLArAJlC1y55__XcpmIeGYRdCmaO12IXTo&v=-ubLj8mLqOc

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 29th 2016


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About the review: It is what it is. I don't really see myself as a professional reviewer (having contributor status on here is something of a surprise in itself), so generally each time I upload a review on here what you're seeing is the finished product, whether you like it or not. Obviously any grammatical inaccuracies/spelling mistakes (probably a lot in here, but whatever) which are duly noted by the Sputnik community will be fixed if and when mentioned in a comment, but as for the content itself it won't ever change. All I can say is thanks for taking the time to read it and give your opinion, I guess.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 29th 2016


11489 Comments


Really? You're one of my favourite contribs tbh man, don't doubt yourself. I don't agree to the extent of Ov's comment btw, just the sentiment that too many parentheses and track "name dropping" is a bit distracting from the rest of the content.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
February 29th 2016


2538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not actually doubting myself, I'm just laying on the line what my reviews mean to me: I.e., it's a personal hobby, not so much professional. If it was professional, then you'd see so many more reviews coming out to be honest, not to mention interviews, articles, etc. I respect OvDeath's opinion on the review as much as everyone else's (though I suspect the guys that said "sweet review" only did so because of agreeing with the rating more than anything).

borya
March 1st 2016


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only first listen but I find this album to be disappointing. the riffs aren't as fresh as it used to be with these guys, it's also a lot less epic (i.e. no mid-paced parts), and the songs structures are a lot more stripped down and less BM. Had to spin Defiance to see if i'm right, and it blew this to pieces.

Anthracks
March 2nd 2016


6176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This fucking destroys. Holy shit.



Easy contender for metal album of the year.

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