Release Date: February 18, 2011 (EU) March 8, 2011 (US)
The eleventh studio album from one of death metal’s pioneers has finally been released upon the masses! Considered one of the “Three Kings” of Teutonic thrash, Germany’s Destruction presents their newest effort, a steamroller of an album entitled Day of Reckoning.
Given their high stature in the metal world, it was with high expectations that I dove headfirst into this album, hoping I’d make it out alive. Luckily I lived to tell my tale.
Day of Reckoning could be one of Destruction’s best releases to date. The band simply sounds tighter than ever before and seem to have found a strong chemistry in their current lineup. As always, founders Schmier (vocals, bass), and Mike Sifringer (guitars) return, but their drummer of the past decade Marc Reign is gone. Entering the fold for this go around is a newcomer to the drum throne, Vaaver ( Wawrzyniec Dramowicz). By the sounds of things, he seems to have no problems adjusting to the breakneck pace found on this release.
From the very beginning, Day of Reckoning delivers a brutal beating, and doesn’t let up for its entire forty-five minute duration. The album opens with “The Price”, which begins with a shrill triumphant scream from Schmier. Additionally, a blistering guitar solo from Sifringer serves to set the pace for the rest of the album nicely. The madness continues in the form of the first single from this album, the rip-roaring “Hate Is My Fuel”. Vaaver really shines on this track, forcing the listener to appreciate his mostly lightning speed double-kick drum abillity while letting the guitars and vocals take center stage.
Midway through the album, the band sounded particularly inspired on “The Demon is God”, which, at just over five minutes in length, could be considered one of the album’s epic moments. The song features some galvanizing fretwork by Sifringer, and I can see this becoming one of their live staples for years to come.
If you’re looking for a moment to relax, and take a breath, maybe go get a beverage, you won’t find it here. Even though the album is relatively short in duration, the no-holds-barred attitude that these guys crush us with from start to finish makes it almost a relief when the last song comes around. As if we’ve just been given a reprieve from a severe drubbing. In this case though, that’s not at all a bad thing. Destruction has once again proven why they rose to be one of the pioneering acts in the death metal scene, as well as a mainstay in old school thrash metal. Day of Reckoning is an essential in the collections of thrash and death metal fans alike.
Highlights : “The Demon is God”, “Hate Is My Fuel”