|Destruction - ‘Spiritual Genocide’ (Nuclear Blast)|
|Written by Darrel Sutton|
|Thursday, 07 February 2013 04:00|
Sometimes the tag “legendary” can hang like a millstone around the neck of some bands.
Whilst German thrashers Destruction rightly deserve the tag for their pioneering masterpieces of the eighties, ‘Infernal Overkill’, ‘Eternal Devastation’ and the ‘Mad Butcher’ EP, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that they failed to maintain the high quality of these releases in subsequent years, particularly through thrash metal’s darkest hours of the late nineties and noughties. And whilst they’ll never become mere also-rans purely because of their past glories, albums like their twelfth studio full-lengther ‘Spiritual Genocide’ do put them in serious danger of being ignored largely because there’s so many better albums out there. Whilst compatriots and fellow veterans Kreator seem to churn out thrash masterpieces like last years ‘Phantom Antichrist’ with apparent ease, Destruction seem to be stuck in a rut of ever so competent, but unremarkable thrash.
There’s nothing specifically wrong with ‘Cyanide’, the title track or ‘No Signs Of Repentence’ but put against a Bonded By Blood or Goatwhore track there’s no real contest. They knock out the odd track that makes you think you may have been a bit harsh (‘City Of Doom’ fairly rattles along and ‘Carnivore’ ain’t too shabby) but these tend be the exceptions whereas they used to be the norm. Their press release may claim them to be the fastest and grooviest they’ve ever been, but the fact is that too many other bands have been upping their game for too long for this to be any kind of revelation.
Sadly reflecting what seems to be something of a malaise that seems to be afflicting German thrash right now (the aforementioned Kreator and the ever consistent Sodom being the main exceptions) it seems that, whilst Destruction may have forged an impressive legacy in years gone by, they don’t seem likely to enhance it at the moment.