Destruction – Under Attack
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: May 13, 2016
Nearly 35 years into its storied career as one of Germany’s Big 4 or Teutonic Thrash, Destruction is back with its 14th studio album, and perhaps most impressive slab of thrash to date. With Under Attack, Schmier (bass/vocals), Mike (guitar) and Vaaver (drums) are playing at the top of their game. Schmier’s vocals send perhaps stronger than ever before, Vaaver is a literal beast behind the kit, and Mike remains one of the most underrated guitarists of the thrash genre.
Having known this German Thrash Machine throughout their whole career, I am always excited for any of their efforts, and there was no disappointment when I cranked this one up. Starting out with the title track, “Under Attack”, the epic intro is filled with anticipation as the song starts you simply cannot sit still. It is truly a Thrash Cult classic in the making. Vaaver’s high-velocity drumming will leave you in a sweat just from listening.
“Generation Nevermore has a bit of a Slayer touch throughout the entire song but never loses that Destruction feel: Definitely a neck-breaker with a chorus that will be stuck in your cranium immediately. Likewise, “Dethroned” is crushing mosher sure to make you bang your head.
“Getting Used to the Evil” is not your usual Destruction tune, but not second to any previous songs on this album. The song chugs along at mid-tempo, but the pace never slogs. Mike offers up some of his best work here.
“Pathogenic” rumbles along with relentless brutality while “Elegant Pigs” keep you shaking your head. The latter a typical anti-law/government lyrical masterpiece of Schmier’s. The album continues with “Second to None, which rages like a sonic blitzkrieg.
“Stand Up for What You Deliver” is another musical mind twister packed with buzzsaw riffing, while “Conductor of the Void” and “Stigmatized” keep you thrashing without any mercy.
For those who wisely grab the Deluxe edition, Destruction serve up a blistering take on Venom’s “Black Metal” before closing it out with an instrumental ass-kicker, “Thrash Attack” which highlights the band’s outstanding musicianship.
I can’t find anything that bothers me on this entire album. It may be their strongest overall effort to date. The production and sound are utterly amazing. I can’t say that about all their previous efforts. I have not stopped spinning this disc since I purchased it. Under Attack is a true Thrash Metal classic in the making and contender for Album of the Year already. A truly fine piece of Metal.