Reviewed: February 2018
Released: 2107 , Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: John Haseltine
What does a great thrash band need to do these days to keep their audiences engaged? Write and record great music and put on a punishing live set that makes everyone want more. This is something that Destruction has done for a long time now.
THRASH ANTHEMS II is the second release of re-recordings. Hence the II! None of the tracks herein need an introduction. They have all been tried and tested and have passed in the eyes and ears of not only their fans but the metal community in general. These tracks, much like the first re-recordings are fan chosen.
There seems to be a reason why some fans or critics do not want to hear a band re-record their classic tracks. And there are actually bands out there that refuse to do such a thing for yet another set of reasons. To me, with a band like Destruction and all the great music they have produced over the years, I almost don’t get the point. I understand it is a collection of ‘greatest’ fan hits, and rather than just do a compilation of the tracks, the band actually put forth the effort to re-record them for not only their diehards but for new fans alike.
None of these songs needed to be redone. The original are great just how they are. I do understand as well that over the years the band may have tweaked a song a bit in a live setting that has took to the fans who now expect a tracks to sound that way. I get it.
With all that being said, THRASH ANTHEMS II has a great range of tracks that cover the bands entire catalog. So, thank you to Nuclear Blast for helping the band in releasing this album. And thank you Destruction for being one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time!