Destruction-Spiritual Genocide - Strong title for the newly released album. The cover features The Butcher which was originally introduced on the ep "The Mad Butcher" from the year 1987. The new CD comes almost a year and half since the release of "Day of Reckoning" back in February 2011. It is been released through Nuclear Blast records and features only 3 members Mike on guitars, Schmier on vocals and bass, and Vaaver on drums. Additional vocals on this go to Gerre and Tom Angelripper, additional guitar solos by Harry Heinrich Wilkens and additional drums Olly Kaiser. There is an additional bonus tracks on digipack with this album, "Princess of the Night" and alternative version of Carnivore. The cover is very ambitious and has a lot going on from surveillance cameras to a serpent creature in the background. It is toxic green giving it an effect of pollution or chemical spill, I am sure once people become familiar with the songs and lyrical content it will all come together as to what is been depicted on the cover by Gyula. The song "Legacy of The Past" features Andreas "Gerre" Geremia and Thomas "Angelripper" Such. The song "Carnivore" on the limited Edition digipack features Harry Wilkens and Oliver Kaiser. Andy Klassen produced this album at Gernhart studios Troisdorf Germany.
The song "Cyanide" really puts forth whats to expect from this album. Drummer Vaaver really delivers on all his skills on this track for a relentless assault to the senses from the beginning. The production is crystal clear and fans of Destruction will not be disappointed one bit as this album is an evolution of the best Destruction music to date.
With such tracks as "Renegades", City of Doom", "To Dust you Will Decay" and "Riot Squad" you will want to add this one to your collection. There is a trailer video on Youtube but it really just leave you wanting more, so you will want to purchase this and spin it several times to get the full throttle effect been experienced here. Plus the bonus digipack is worth checking out since that's where you will hear the special guest.
Originally posted in Coffinfeeder Distro Zine #6 10-1-2012