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Review: Destruktor - Nailed

Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2009
Duration: 45:19
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 14, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (14 Votes)

Australia's Destruktor took me a bit by surprise, as I had no idea what to expect – but I liked what I heard on the first listen. I later found out that the band has members of Abominator, Deströyer 666 and Nocturnal Graves (to name a few), and inevitably this transpires in the music offered on Nailed. A mix of Black Metal, Thrash and Death Metal, this album is a slaughterfest of blasphemic madness. Dark, fast, heavy, unpolished – pretty much what you'd expect coming from members of the aforementioned bands.

This really is more of a Black/Thrash affair with Death Metal creeping in here and there in various fashion – the opener sounds a bit like The Chasm's style of melodic, evil and heavy Death Metal for a few seconds, but after that the Death influences are more of the brutally fast, in-your-face style (let's just say it right out – there's a bit of Abominator's "war metal" in there.) Save for a few passages here and there, this is mostly pretty fast-paced overall, especially with the unrelenting blast beats that almost never stop (yet never really getting on one's nerves…!) The vocals are a low, thrashy Black Metal-style rasp, more or less decipherable but evil enough to scare the uninitiated away.

My main problem with this is that it's not all that varied – it pretty much gets into gears and when you reach the end, it almost feels like you've been listening to one single song – albeit a damn good one. But let's face it; worse things can happen than being repeatedly run over by an unrelenting onslaught of blackened Thrash. Fans of the aforementioned bands will most certainly want to give this a try. It's not as good as their individual output, but that's a pretty high mark to top to begin with.

Track Listing:
  1. Embrace the Fire
  2. The Epitome
  3. Inspiration Suicide
  4. Violence Unseen
  5. Nailed
  6. Forward We March
  7. Meccademon
  8. Endless Reign of Terror
  9. After Death Murmurs
  10. Spawning the Immortal
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