Destruction
Sentence of Death


4.5
superb

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
April 21st, 2019 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: bullet belts on fleek

The cover of Sentence Of Death is really all you need to summarize the EP. Here are three poofy haired thrashers from Germany who've raided their mother’s makeup drawer and found the most gaudy bullet belts, upside down crosses, leather jackets, and tight pants they could get their hands on. It’s a truly perfect image, stained in the most stereotypical faux-macho metal garbage one could possibly imagine. It’s youthfully arrogant and eye catching, perfectly matching this record’s exuberant belligerence and young, attention-nabbing style. It’s all very silly, sure, but that theming is fun, Sentence Of Death itself is a prime example of just how far dated tropes can go.

Whereas this record definitely would have shocked and appealed in a different manner when it was first released, I’d argue the dated nature of this record adds to the flavor. In a way, it reminds me of a tongue-in-cheek zombie flick like The Return of the Living Dead - cheesy in retrospect, but content in it’s own tomfoolery. This isn't to undermine the importance of Destruction on both thrash and black metal, as this early release in the genre would cement these rebellious teens as progenitors in those genres, much like Bathory, Vulcano, and Sodom.

But all that takes a backseat to what really matters - Sentence Of Death brings the thrash in the way that few bands still can to this day. With the charisma and charm of a rabid hellhound, these German hooligans riff their way through the 19 minute runtime with the swagger of someone who’s confident in their tight sausage casing and ability to make a sweaty mosh pit appear out of thin air. Songs like “Total Desaster” and the classic “Mad Butcher” aren't particularly ingenious in their song composition, but take a different approach - one that contains loose performances, high-octane energy, and a fuck-your-compositional-standards-you-pussy vigor. In that way, the trio keeps the punk side of thrash metal alive and well in a way that makes every last lead shred, drum fill, and bass pluck extremely cathartic.

So, no, Sentence Of Death isn't particularly frightening, shocking, or mortifying. It more so sounds like a ragtag group of edgy, drunken meatheads fucking around in their parent’s basement, never going much farther into Satanism than a pentagram painted onto a drum kit. Still, a track like “Devil’s Soldiers” has enough bite to chew through the skin and into the bone. It’s an undeniable invitation to a beer-stained, dingy, underground venue full of long haired metalheads in leather jackets or denim vests, all feverishly banging into one another, swapping musk for musk. A truly repulsive place, but Destruction wouldn't have it any other way.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2019


2698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stream the album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7HOTAkNpLiNtBg70E8BhV1?autoplay=true&v=L

hail hair spray

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manosg
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April 21st 2019


11662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great call for review, dude.

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album rules

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Album Rating: 4.5

should I buy a bullet belt?

Bloon
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April 21st 2019


2698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Of course

TheNotrap
April 21st 2019


10616 Comments


Nice to see this EP reviewed. Iconic badass cover.

These guys have never been among my favorite thrash, but the influence and impact of the band in the mid 80's is undeniable.

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\m/

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April 22nd 2019


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best album ever

StrikeOfTheBeast
April 22nd 2019


6814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah but it rules



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