Destrage
So much. Too much.


3.8
excellent

Review

by apoplectic apastathetic STAFF
September 24th, 2022 | 20 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think I’m having a seizure

Part 1 - an introduction to the review

So there’s this kid, 9-or-so, who walks into his local candy store. Pupils dilated, wearing a chocolate-encrusted t-shirt and with a glib of drool forming in the corner of his mouth: he waltzes in, this child, into the store, casually, and (I shit you not) decks the store clerk. Slapped across the face with a semi-clenched fist of gummy worms and knocked clean out, this chieftain of confectionery is deftly taken care of. Thusly, our irresponsible non-adult ducks beneath the store counter, pops open an assortment of glass jars and makes off with an unnecessarily large horde of variably coloured monosaccharides. A successful heist. It’s only as he totters back down the highstreet, swaying, beaming, and with most of the liquorice whip already scoffed, that the sugar-shakes start to kick in. Something’s off, non bene, and our glucose-fueled thief knows it. One step, two step, three step … barf. Hurled skyward, explosive in projection: rainbow-hued jets of half-congealed stomach juices erupt up-down-left-right everywhere out of poor Billy’s now-not-beaming-and-really-quite-distressed cakehole. This - an off-green jelly, speckled with mutilated gummy-bears and sherbert lemons - this - a sour-sweet sludge, sauteed with this morning’s porridge and last Thursday’s mac-and-cheese - THIS - a gunky spray of gelatinous juvenile chunder - is So much. Too much.

Part 2 - the review

If Lamb of God got high with Genghis Tron, partied ‘till dawn with Protest the Hero and had an affair with the Callous Daoboys, you’d probably end up with something like the palpably-mad Italian quartet, Destrage, whose sixth studio outing so closely resembles the sticky residue of an overindulged infant. That’s not to say that their latest hyperactive hodgepodge of proggy-mathy-metalcore is icky or unhygienic or bad - don’t let the hamfisted vomit metaphor mislead you - but, rather, alludes to just how volatile, excessive and hideously colorful of a riff-fountain it really is.

“A Commercial Break That Lasts Forever”, the Dillinger-styled introduction to this sickly slip n’ slide, shrieks and shudders like a DevilDriver cover played not with guitars but, instead, by applying a hamster to a cheesegrater. Its shrill fretboard acrobatics are as erratic as they come - Mr Nibbles scraped well-and-truly raw by the time the track’s radio-friendly chorus and synths kick in - yet even this eclectic opener provides little insight into the giddy depths of Destrage’s glazed-and-sprinkled proclivities. Still to come: the jazz-y slap-bass lurching of “Venice Has Sunk”, grooving and popping its way (somehow) into a supple post-rockian crescendo; the gloriously djenty nonsense of “Italian Boi”, intermittently moonlighting as a catchy alt-metal singalong; and the almost-ordinary thrash-esque ballad of “Is It Still Today?”, reverb-laden and solo-stuffed and epic and soaring and everything. It is, as advertised, too much. The carpet don’t match the drapes; soured porridge and liquorice whip ain’t simpatico; these genre pairings do not make sense … until they do.

The fluorescent audial diarrhea of So much. Too much. has two redemptive graces: (a) songwriting (which is good) and (b) pacing (which is also good). Its idiosyncrasies and eccentricities are, unexpectedly, intentional, dosed carefully and appropriately to avoid sugar-crazed catatonia. The flamboyant romps of “Private Party” and “Imposter” work, swinging radio-rock choruses and all, because (not in spite) of the cartoonish, brick-walled riff-work they’re sandwiched between: excelling as the relative respite before/after the storm. So too can be said of the goofy rap stanzas peppering lead-single “Everything Sucks…”, by no means suited to the track’s technical, angular melodies but, rather, acting as a refreshingly self-aware anchorpoint to the bombast and silliness that underlies and unites the record. This careful craftsmanship (seen also in the record’s excellent circa-psychedelic interludes, as well as Paolo Colavolpe’s consistently absurd vocals) grants cohesion where there ought to be none, transforming what first appears to be an unlistenable mishmash of incompatible ideas into a grin-inducing spectacle worthy of your time.

Upon closer inspection, then, this candy-infused mess is no sloppy accident. Its sprinkling of stomach acids is, instead, performative - a meticulous projection of well-thought-out insanity, not subservient to the chaos, but channeling it. Weaponising countless tootie-fruity tricks, its tangfastic regurgitation is enthralling. Unsurprisingly, there is some spillage. Trying to achieve quite so much all at once is simply not possible, and, in seeking to do so, So much. Too much. can risk feeling jarring and reductive. Its whistle-stop tour of the vastness of everything lacks the depth that makes everything, well, everything, but that’s okay. Switch off your inner-critic for just a second, bask in Destrage’s delectable spectrum of madness, and the resultant joyride is all that it needs to be: fun as hell.

Part 3 - the bit after the review

On reflection, I haven’t got a clue what I was talking about in part 1. You should probably just skip that bit.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
heck
September 25th 2022


6665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TOO MUCH

Emim
September 25th 2022


32784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not enough

AeniasGaming
September 25th 2022


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think I have a new favorite Sputnik review



JeetJeet
September 25th 2022


11553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love everything about this album. Great review

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2022


28813 Comments


The Vaseline cover is hilarious.

Emim
September 25th 2022


32784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes I love being covered in vaseline

SitarHero
September 25th 2022


14445 Comments


Vaseline is probs my least fave on here, but overall it's a fine return to form for the band.

bloc
September 25th 2022


69153 Comments


Was not into the singles, but I always gotta hear new tech

JeetJeet
September 25th 2022


11553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Private Party might have the catchiest hook they've ever made

In fact almost all of the hooks on here have been stuck in my head goddamnn

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2022


7528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Agreed. Had that damn song stuck in my head for days.

WalrusTusk
September 25th 2022


1450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is awesome... might even be their best.

Flugmorph
September 25th 2022


28198 Comments


rad review

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2022


28813 Comments


"Yes I love being covered in vaseline"

Umm... ok?

DatsNotDaMetulz
September 26th 2022


4213 Comments


This review was so much.

too much.

Purpl3Spartan
September 26th 2022


5026 Comments


This is wacky and maybe even a little goofy

bloc
September 26th 2022


69153 Comments


Band in a nutshell, really

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2022


2200 Comments


This review made me happy xoxo gossip girl

KrillBoi
September 26th 2022


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album rules, happy to see the wacky turned up to 11 again.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2022


7528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

This album is wacky and goofy to the power of one million, yes. It’s the great songwriting that is the main surprise for me though - not heard many records this intentionally obtuse that flow so well.



Xoxo milo and flug etc you wholesome eggos

TheTripP
September 26th 2022


4126 Comments


gonna have to give this a shot!



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