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Review: Desaster - The Arts of Destruction
The Arts of Destruction

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 44:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 14, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Arts of Destruction

Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (33 Votes)

A new Desaster album is always welcome here, and The Arts of Destruction is their best one in years – and I say that without taking anything away from their last couple of albums. Here we have Desaster sounding more like they did in the late 90s and early 2000s, what I would call their signature sound, something that they had strayed away from – with success – in recent years. That is not to say that they are stagnating – the old sound may be back, but the material here sounds fresh.

Raw, fast Blackened Thrash Metal with a lot of melody and insanely catchy is what Desaster are about. You hear "melodic" and "catchy" and you might be tempted to think this is wimpy and if you're thinking that, you've obviously never heard Desaster. The harsh, brutal vocals are literally spit into the microphone and there's nothing pretty about them. Their raw and chaotic Black/Thrash is second to none and can swat a speeding train like a fly. Their inclusion of catchy melodies without compromising the brutality really sets these guys apart. There's a bit of a medieval/folky vibe in those melodies that make them instantly stick into your mind – you can't listen to this without remembering most of the stuff. This is what Desaster are good at, and The Arts of Destruction showcases them at the top of their form.

The last couple of albums were good to very good but didn't highlight their strengths as much as this. The Arts of Destruction is downright excellent and so fucking brutal that it'll pin you to the ground and hit the repeat button just by the vibrations alone. Buy if you dare.

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