Metal Discharge



by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 28th, 2006 | 14 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

After the departure of front man Schmier, Destruction was starting to going downhill in their career. But Schmier returned to the band with recharge batteries and Destruction was back on the road. Their latest albums has been filled with massive thrashing energy and furious aggression, this is also combined with excellent musicianship and sharp vocal work. This is probably one of the best thrash-metal bands in this day if you compare them to the American thrash-veterans, such as Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica. Destruction alongside countrymen Kreator and Sodom became a important thrash-trio during the 80’s in their home country called Germany, the bands were influencing bands and even genres all over the world (though it was Kreator who was the biggest influence). All these bands are still active to this day and they are still making mayhem and destruction in the world of metal.

Destruction released ’’The Antichrist’’, an album filled with high-quality thrash-metal but then the band got a new drummer and a new album was starting to taking shape. This album was about to be called ’’Metal Discharge’’, even this album seemed to have thrash-metal that really did some damage, but this album wasn’t so flawless as the previous album. Some people might think that this was one of the less good and others may think that this album was one of their better, but I got stuck right in the middle. I have both heard ’’The Antichrist’’ and ’’Inventor Of Evil’’ but this album came right after I’ve heard these two, and I can say that there was a pretty big difference between this album and the other two. This album still had the clear bass, the technical and fast shredding guitars and highly complex and heavy hitting drums, but the vocals was the thing I was confused about. The vocals were still quite sharp and raspy, typical Schmier style, but it felt like the vocals were terribly edited, it sounded that the vocals were 60% real and 40% edited, it didn’t have the same cutting effect as it had on the other records.

My Positive Thoughts
The Energy – This was one thing I thought was good, the band didn’t showed any signs of fatigue, perhaps a little bit but not so much though. The overall material were not letting you to take any breaks or pauses, the songs were very forceful and heavy and they had a good variety, but they all had the same great energy.

The Technical Musicianship – This is one of Destruction’s best traits I must say, the band delivers technical and furious musicianship in all directions. The bass is equally as technical as the guitar, the drumming plays different and catchy patterns in basically every song. Here you have lots of technical stuff, but there is not so much chuga-chuga riffage or melodic soloing. The complexity in the guitar work is very high and the tempo is pretty intense, the soloing is somewhat typical for the genre too, the solos are energetic, chaotic and also quite technical. This is basically great and tight musicianship which will guarantee some head banging.

The Production – I thought that the production was equally as good as in the previous album. The bass was maybe a bit low bit it was clear, the guitars did not overshadow any other instrument and the drumming was also greatly mixed. The only thing I thought was bad was the vocals which you can read about in the next section.

My Negative Thoughts
The Vocals – This was the only thing that I couldn’t coop with. The other albums had a clearer voice production, but these vocals were nearly butchered by the editing in my opinion. I really enjoy Schmier’s raspy vocals but this felt a bit annoying and it was hard to digest.

This was a good album indeed but I did not enjoy as much as ’’The Antichrist’’ or ’’Inventor Of Evil’’. Though there was huge highlights as The Ravenous Beast, Mortal Remains and Metal Discharge among others but it was the vocals that ruined the album. The edited vocals did not work along their great musician skills, this was sad to listen at but the quality of the songs compensated the vocals in a pretty good way though. If you like Destruction you should check this album out, but if you like aggressive and energetic thrash-metal you should also check this out. But I would also recommend this to the thrashers out there because this album won’t disappoint you. Done, hope you liked the format on this album and I also hope that this was an interesting review.

Band Members
Marcel ‘’Schmier’’ Shirmer – Vocals and Bass
Mark Sifiringer – Guitars
Mark Reign – Drums

+ Excellent musicianship
+ The band still has the intensive thrashing energy
+ This band does not shows any signs of mainstream effect
+ Are you tired of the ‘’destroyed’’ veteran bands" Then you should listen to this band

- The vocals does not sound good on this album
- The album does show incredible thrash-metal but this album felt a bit rushed
- There are not many highlight songs on this album

Personal Favourites
-- The Ravenous Beast
-- Mortal Remains
-- Metal Discharge

The overall album rating will be a 3.5/5

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Brain Dead
August 28th 2006


Who negged with no explanation?

Great job as always, Deth.

August 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Just trying out new format-styles, I knew that someone was about to neg this. But I would appreciate if someone could at least give an explanation why this was bad.

August 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

If and when that someone explains their vote then it can stay, but until then I've deleted it.

Great review Robin, it's always nice to see established reviewers trying out new things. This album isn't quite as good as The Antichrist or Inventor of Evil, but you're right in saying that this album has energy.

August 28th 2006


Alright, it was me. I didn\'t say anything because I felt bad negging Dethtrasher, asI consider him to be somewhat of a friend. I\'ve just grown tired of the whole seperating the review into categories thing. For me this just wasn\'t an enjoyable read. I also found that regardless of the whole category issue it wasn\'t Deth\'s best work. That was my justification for negging it.This Message Edited On 08.28.06

August 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

That's fair enough. But for future reference, you'd be much better off saying that from the start instead of letting the vote go anonymous. Voting "no" and not saying anything is a bannable offence. I'm personally very reluctant to ban people though, so you shouldn't have to worry about me aside from possibly having your vote deleted.

Back on topic, Metal Discharge is definitely one of the best thrash songs I've ever heard. \m/

August 31st 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I knew that this type of format is somewhat out-dated but I thought I would give it a try. Man, I didn't know that you could get banned if you don't give an explanation if you voted no.

February 27th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

I think its a very professionnal review

Im digging the album before quotingThis Message Edited On 02.27.07

August 7th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review, this album is pretty decent.This Message Edited On 09.07.08

August 7th 2008



September 7th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

/\ why did you lol?

May 28th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

i don't know why but this album reminds me of RFA killer album

June 18th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

When you hear this record there's only one word that comes out of your mouth. WRATH!! Once you have finished listening to "Metal Discharge" you feel angry with the world, you see wrath, you eat anger, you sweat rage, you even shit hate. Until now there was just one more record that had marked me with this same impression and that was "Burn Offerings" by Iced Earth. These two must be the angriest motherfucker records ever released. WRATH, ANGER, RAGE AND HATE!!!

Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Though overshadowed by the band's previous two albums, this one is fairly decent and solid. The problem is there are a few songs where the band sound like they're trying too hard to emulate the greatness of their peers, and as a result it simply sounds like a mess. That said, no-one can argue with the brilliant riffs and solos in 'The ravenous beast' and 'Desecrator of the new age'.

Digging: Degial - Predator Reign

September 29th 2016


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Reliably good if it doesn't stand out on its own in their discog.

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