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Destructor: Decibel Casualties
Destructor - Decibel Casualities CD Album Review

Destructor: Decibel Casualties

Heavy/Speed/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Ohio's Destructor dates back to those heady tape-trading days of the early Eighties. Formed in 1984 by Dave Overkill (v/g) and Matt Flammalbe (d), the band released their first full album Maximum Destruction in 1985. Before and after that album came oodles live recordings and demos, a favorite being Smash Your Skulls with Power. Heavy metal hilarity! The band fizzled by 1987, but then rebounded in 2003 with Sonic Bullet. While still playing and recording live shots, it would be another 13 years before Back In Bondage appeared in 2016. Not missing a beat, Destructor drops their follow up Decibel Casualties, named after the 1987 demo (but not having any of those songs).

Destructor Band Photo

Destructor

You can probably figure out from the band picture that Destructor hasn't drifted too far away from the Eighties. Their heavy metal is full throttle speed metal with some raging thrash nuances. The album is a bullet train from the gate. The pace is swift, the riffs roaring, the rhythm section hard charging, and the guitar solos rapid as a machine gun. These elements are best wrapped up in songs like In Hell, Metal Till Death, and Metal Spike Deep. But the album is almost over as quickly as it's speedy tempo, eight songs in a mere 36 minutes. There is an instrumental with Firey Winds, which dials back on the speed and features some nice guitar harmony in the riffs and leads. Basically, Destructor and Decibel Casualties is fundamental and classic American heavy speed metal in the best tradition. Gird your loins and prepare to gallop.



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Basically, Destructor and Decibel Casualties is fundamental and classic American heavy speed metal in the best tradition. Gird your loins and prepare to gallop.

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