Destruction - Born to Perish (2019)


German Thrash Metal juggernauts return with one of their best releases of the last decade with “Born to Perish”. Featuring a hyper aggressive sound and ten superbly catchy tracks, this album shows the band firing on all cylinders and delivering one of the most intense and engaging releases in the genre. Perfectly suited for old and new fans of the band, this release will certainly propel the band back into the spotlight and ready to battle the new, young bands jumping in the genre.

Leading with the title track, the band sets a very fast paced and brutal tone with ravaging riffs, brilliant drumming and crushing guitar solos. As we all know, Schmier’s vocals are one of the staples of the band’s sound as they perfectly fit the aggression and speed of the music. There are some additional melodic elements on tracks like “Inspired by Death”, that keeps things fresh and interesting without overusing the band’s musical formula.

As the album continues to beat listeners into submission with brilliant tracks like “Betrayal” and the very retro “Filthy Wealth”, we start to understand how Destruction has managed to always deliver good songs that feature their classic style, but are still relevant and fresh sounding. Other tracks like “We Breed Evil” are just what the doctor ordered in terms of quintessential old-school Thrash Metal.

Overall, as the album closes with the sinister guitar work of “Fatal Flight 17” and the crushing drumming of “Ratcatcher”, we are left blow away by the hellish intensity of this release. Destruction has been around for over 30 years and they show no signs of slowing down or settling, and “Born to Perish” is the perfect evidence of their forever young attitude. If you are looking for ravaging Thrash Metal that is both well executed and full of attitude, look no further and get this release.

Bands: Destruction Album: Born to Perish

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release: August 9th, 2019

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Genre: Thrash Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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