|Review: Destruction - Cracked Brain|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 1989
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 17, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
So the 80's were finished and the thrash kings started to indulge in some unusual experimentations; some started flirting with other metal genres (Testament), others just began to suck (Sepultura), whereas still others started flirting with homosexuality (Metallica). There were however some bands that stayed faithful to their sound throughout; Destruction were one of them.
"Cracked Brain" is not the band's magnum opus. Actually, this release did not sit as well with the fans as their previous ones (Add new vocalist here as well). However, there still is not much to complain about here. If something of this caliber does not qualify amongst the band's greatest works, one can only imagine what else Destruction have available in their arsenal.
This album stands on a slight tangent with the rest of the thrash music at the time. It does not flow on the same note as the Bay Area scene, nor did it quite follow the German school. This particular album bears some resemblances to those unholy American thrashers otherwise known as Dark Angel. In other words, this album, in addition to sheer anger, slicing riffs, monster solos, thundering drums and battering vocals, also delivers an added lyrical dimension to the music. It is not simply about violent rebellion against authority. Some of the lyrics here actually have depth, aside from the 'in your face' slander. But there is plenty of that on here as well. You also get the pure fun and groovy tracks like "My Sharona."
In these times when this type of music seems to be dying and any band that wants to own a thrashy sound seems to be under the conviction that they HAVE to incorporate death metal elements (vocals) to it to make it work, it is always a welcome change to take trip back through memory lane and relive the anthems. Not a bad idea to check it out.
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