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Review: Destruction - All Hell Breaks Loose
All Hell Breaks Loose

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 45:21
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 14, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
All Hell Breaks Loose

Rated 3.58/5 (71.54%) (26 Votes)

Now this is what I call a reunion album!  The German trash metallers who made their mark in their 80s and separated in 1989.  They are now back, better than ever, with the release of All Hell Breaks Loose, an addictive 45 minutes of trash metal at its best.  It's been a long time since I had the occasion of listening to such quality of trash metal, the last time arguably being some of the earlier (80's) releases from Megadeth and Metallica, although Destruction maybe has a more "free-for-all" approach to its songwriting than the two others (not a bad thing here), the album still gets me a "Whoa! What the hell was that?" reaction when it finishes.  Simply put, it kicks ass!  Not a moment's rest here, this is pure trash metal, just the way we like it, without any of the damaging alterations of the 90s.

There is a limited 2-CD edition in which the second CD contains their demo tape "Bestial Invasion From Hell".  The difference between the two CDs is astonishing, as expected the demo material is raw and somehow shows the band's inexperience at their beginning.  I strongly recommend trying to get this edition, it's worth it.

Two thumbs up to Destruction for one hell of a comeback album.

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