She Said Destroy
Succession


4.1
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
October 25th, 2021 | 33 replies


Release Date: 10/15/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don’t sleep on this.

Oftentimes it’s easy to throw an umbrella term over a metal act, cornering an album in a niche of sorts while throwing a cocktail of embellishment and magnification until the narrative fits. Given that Succession would be She Said Destroy’s third effort after a hiatus, some could be forgiven for eschewing more specific terminology in the hopes of appealing to a wider audience. Putting these sweeping assumptions aside Succession is varied, an abjure on primitive thinking that forces one album to sound like one thing—something to applaud considering their eight year gap between releases. It would have been too easy for She Said Destroy to simply ease themselves back into the framework of extreme music, like using safer steps across a shallow creek. Instead Succession doesn’t waste time tip-toeing around their compositions. No, this Norwegian act dive the fuck in, regardless of the depth.

But what does Succession actually sound like? Well those broader, umbrella terms will have to do here, for She Said Destroy’s framework reaches most corners of the metal genre’s extremism. Sure, there’s a staple of black and death metal music running rampant throughout the album’s fifty-four minute run-time, but these staples intertwine and fold through elements of shoegaze, post rock, normal rock and djent while leaning gently into glittering technical paradigms and progressive climes attuned to the meatheaded-ness of an occasional Meshuggah riff. A bit much? Well, when genres are tagged like this there is a feeling of oversaturation, flashiness or even fucking kitsch—Succession avoids all such association, avoiding the hyperbole that would come with it. To summarise: Succession shouldn’t be slept on.

Big riffs punch through “To Ourselves The World Entire’s” catapulting tempo. A vocal tote defines the mood that would encapsulate the album to come and yet it feels slightly underhanded to describe all of Succession’s minutes in such a short, written format—mostly because tracks like “Our Will Be Done” and “Greed Witches” provide ample blast beats and frills; heaviness that acts as a dichotomy to the punk-ish, grinding furor of “You Will End”. From here the atmosphere shifts into a more majestic, larger than life soundscape. Not only does “Sharpening The Blade” take a root to a foundation of blackened metal, but the track itself is a tremolo expansion on how She Said Destroy can shift into another gear, adding expansive climes and ultimately post-black metal sound pillars. Here it’s important to note the injection of melody; the yin to the yang of brutality. Whirring notes soar above blasting percussion and screams, carrying both the track individually while bridging the record’s latter half.

Even as the listener becomes fully entrenched in the Succession landscape there is room to breathe. The slower march of “All The King's Horses” gateways a primal and fiercer sound, taking on a doomier soundscape than which the album has offered thus far. “Collapse” continues in feel, but provides more melody paired with its lurching riffs. While it’s clear that She Said Destroy’s musical framework is never idle, examples continue to fly out of Succession’s fifty-four minute run time. “Ruin” offers southern rock grooves hidden under Pantera-like guitar crunch. I mention that as a reference, not to scare a potential listener away because the track itself is a head-banging good time—Scott Ian-like stomp riffs aplenty.

That said, I do wish She Said Destroy would pick where and when to flip their sounds on its head, mostly because the record’s closing and title track revisits the twinkly doom-gaze aesthetic entrenched in their more blackened soundscapes. Individually, “Ruin” and “Succession” are great tracks, but together they are less the one-two punch that would close this particular chapter in spectacular style. Instead, listeners are treated to a myriad of influences slammed into each other and less cohesive than its potential had otherwise inclined. Understandably this is a minor gripe, we could probably brush this away as the dust that’s accumulated over the course of the group’s eight year hiatus and given just how diverse the music is, the genre-hopping Succession is a worthy mention in regards to this year’s better extreme music.




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3.6
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


15809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

I feel like it's been a while.



Listen here: https://shesaiddestroynorway.bandcamp.com/album/succession



Lots of great metal coming in the year's final quarter too.

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quetzal
October 25th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album absolutely slaps, probably my favorite metal album of 2021 and this has been an extremely loaded year for metal



my only "complaint" is that i wish it had more crazy epic songs like sharpening the blade

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


26502 Comments


Great review dude, I just realized we had the wrong cover on the releases post, oh well.

So this is good huh, I might peep if I have time this week after the mountain of releases I still got to check.

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Pangea
October 25th 2021


7424 Comments


destroy what exactly? or does want to destroy in general? but in that case she should specify with with all or something else

she really needs to work on her communication skills

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


15809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Just waiting for the "that's what she said" comments to start rolling in.

quetzal
October 25th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"I just realized we had the wrong cover on the releases post, oh well."



that was one of the art for the singles



also in regards to that weekly releases post, there are a couple atmoblack tracks on this record. it's pretty diverse, lots of different styles of extreme metal.

quetzal
October 25th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"destroy what exactly? or does want to destroy in general? but in that case she should specify with with all or something else



she really needs to work on her communication skills"



they're named after a Death in June song, which is kind of problematic but hopefully they aren't nazis

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


15809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

--So this is good huh, I might peep if I have time this week after the mountain of releases I still got to check.--



I feel this. So much

combustion07
October 25th 2021


9406 Comments


Whoa I used to jam their debut a lot back in the day and had no idea they kept going. Will have to check this and revisit the old one too

Pikazilla
October 25th 2021


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have no idea what to rate this

bloc
October 25th 2021


67172 Comments


Band name reminds me of one of those scenecore bands from the 2000s. Will check this

WatchItExplode
October 25th 2021


9406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh good, this thing deserves a spotlight. Whole thing rules but the grandeur of sharpening the blade and techy riffing of collapse come to mind.

DePlazz
October 25th 2021


3303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great stuff, intriguing band. Their 2008 album This City Speaks in Tongues has an edge over this imo.

Purpl3Spartan
October 25th 2021


1976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cool album



Don't sleep on this (2)

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


15809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Surprised this has less than twenty rates to be honest.

Purpl3Spartan
October 25th 2021


1976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Honestly tragic, Imma have to spin this again once I hit all of last week's releases

WatchItExplode
October 26th 2021


9406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I mean their name is kind of dumb but all I've seen is high praise for this online. I've listened to this a ton of times already.

parksungjoon
October 26th 2021


38590 Comments


>I mean their name is kind of dumb

yea i was sure tihs would either be some dumb screamo shit or maybe super ironic instrumental 00s post-rock

truth is stranger than fiction !

quetzal
October 26th 2021


890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

guys here's where the name comes from



https://youtu.be/ZdCBh8Vyak0

DDDeftoneDDD
October 26th 2021


19450 Comments


Shit....so much to check! It would help to listen to other than etid

This looks awesome

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