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Review: Destruction - Day of Reckoning
Day of Reckoning

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 46:47
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 13, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Day of Reckoning

Rated 3.9/5 (78.06%) (31 Votes)

I haven' t really paid much attention to Destruction's output the past couple of albums – "OK" albums that didn't really grab me, while not being horrible per se. One thing is for sure, ever since their return with All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, Destruction have pretty much "stayed the course" and offered variations with that album as the baseline. The quality of songs has varied, of course, but there has been no drastic departure in sound and style.

Day of Reckoning is no exception. In fact, in some ways it reminds me a lot of All Hell Breaks Loose, but a bit toned down. It conveys the same feeling overall, the same kind of beat, with a somewhat-too-clean sound for a Thrash album – another constant since their reformation. Where it fails, however, is in memorable songs: This is pretty good Thrash while listening to it, but there isn't all that much to remember afterwards. Compare that to some of their early 2000s albums, some of which I haven't listened to in months or even years and yet I still have some songs stuck in my head.

This is not to say that this is bad, just kind of uneventful. Most of the elements you expect from Destruction are present, so if you like these guys this is a relatively safe bet. Decent and quite listenable, but nothing that will blow you away. It's Destruction being Destruction, and while this is definitely not their best, this is better than some of the recent output from many of the 80s Thrash bands still releasing albums today.

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