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Destroy Destroy Destroy
Devour The Power
September 2006
Released: 2006, Blackmarket Activities/Metal Blade
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Imagine rolling up Manowar, 3 Inches of Blood, Children of Bodom and Arch Enemy into one metallic ball and what would undoubtedly emerge from the ashes is Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Destroy Destroy Destroy. Their debut album, DEVOUR THE POWER, is a shotgun blast of traditional and thrash metal riffs, blackened death vocals and classical keyboard flourishes over top of some of the most hilariously clichéd lyrics and song titles heard in years. Destroy Destroy Destroy clearly has their collective tongue planted firmly in cheek but they also must eat lead and crap molten steel because DEVOUR THE POWER is one of the most unabashedly windmill-headbang-worthy metal albums of 2006.



After the requisite pointless instrumental intro, Bryan Kemp’s oh-so-metal blackened shriek (he appears to favor performing in nothing but a black Speedo, bullet belt and leather gauntlets) comes shooting out of “Hang the Vermin,” a frenzy of tremolo-picking, galloping power metal riffs and double bass. The anthemic chorus will surely rally the live troops, too, with lyrics like “Grab them by the throat, rip out a chunk and salt the hole…hang the vermin!” Taking a page from Children of Bodom’s neo-classical-thrash hybrid, Alex Gillette injects several tweedly keyboard solos that, along with Kemp’s Alexi-Laiho-like vocals, really provide a few double-take moments. The dual vocal styles of 3 Inches of Blood are explored on “Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut of Fornication” and “Mutilated Cranial Orifice” which may at first sound like gore-grind tracks but are actually more akin to grooving, mid-tempo power metal. The sword fight/front line assault of “Battle Cry” is a torrent of blasting drums and blackened shrieks that would not be out of place on the grimmest of Norwegian cult metal releases but The Red Chord’s Mike “Gunface” McKenzie provides a spoken middle section and the carefully-placed breakdown add just the right touch. The melodic dual guitars of Jeremiah Scott and Way Barrier deliver a blistering intro to “The Beast That Cannot Be Fed” and the sweeping leads of Arch Enemy are explored on “Seduced By The Locrian Temptress.” Fantasy lyrics and a medieval vibe permeate the instrumental “Eternal Voyage of The Geishmal Undead” and “Seduced By The Locrian Temptress” but the D&D crowd will have to hold on to their Blind Guardian albums because Destroy Destroy Destroy is simply too damn metal for the Renaissance Fair crowd! The proof is in “Hellfire,” where riffs are traditional, solos fast and melodic, while Kemp unleashes a glass-shattering scream and guest vocalist Pete Kessee adheres to a more clean, classic metal style with a falsetto wail a la Rob Halford. The slow, regal outro of “Bring The Exodus” builds to a swell of sinewy guitars, almost progressive keyboards and thunderous drums that leaves the listener a moment to catch his/her breath after being bombarded by metal for the previous half hour.



Motorhead? Pussies. Manowar? Weak. Arch Enemy? Talentless hacks. Okay, these are gross exaggerations obviously but Destroy Destroy Destroy rape, pillage and plunder everything that gets in their way with DEVOUR THE POWER. Adopting an amalgam of metal styles from the past thirty years (they call it “Viking metal”), there is enough here to please any fan of metal music with flawlessly-executed, traditional guitar work, death metal double bass, black metal vocals and neo-classical keyboards. The band knows how to write hooks, too, because, while several tracks take a few listens to really differentiate them from one another, the melodies are unforgettable. Destroy Destroy Destroy is not here to reinvent the wheel but their style, influences and obvious talent make them one of the freshest new bands to come out of the U.S. in some time (I bet they slay live, too). Lock up your women, hide the children and saddle up the horses because DEVOUR THE POWER is a brilliant, over-the-top album that possesses as much humor and fun as it does metal attitude. Killer debut and a must-listen for any and all metal fans!



KILLER KUTS: All!!
Track Listing

1. The Summoning (Instrumental)
2. Hang The Vermin
3. Gods of War And Open Sores
4. Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut Of Fornication
5. Battle Cry
6. Eternal Voyage of The Geishmal Undead (Instrumental)
7. The Beast That Cannot Be Fed
8. Mutilated Cranial Orifice
9. Seduced By The Locrian Temptress
10. Hellfire
11. Bring The Exodus

Lineup

Bryan Kemp—Vocals
Jeremiah Scott—Guitar
Way Barrier—Guitar
Adam Phillips—Bass
Alex Gillette—Keyboards
Eric W. Brown—Drums

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Destroy Destroy Destroy
Devour The Power
October 2006
Released: 2006, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Gabriel C. Zolman

I hate myself for loving this.

On one hand, this is a solid, enjoyable metal release; on the other…I suspect we’re being mocked here. But really, with song titles like “Gods Of War & Open Sores,” and “Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut Of Fornication,” what the hell did you expect?

Every conceivable cliché is milked like python and prostate here: fruity Nintendotastic keyboards, standard-issue breakdowns, gang shouts, Viking/Swedish preoccupations, silly Manowar-ish lyrics that read as if they were written by Invader Zim…it often sounds as if someone took one of the more talented metalcore acts like Bleeding Through or The Agony Scene, handed them a copy of Children Of Bodom’s HateCrew Deathroll CD, and said, “Here’s a blueprint, here’s some beer…write the perfect metal album!”

Saved by sheer attitude combined with galloping rhythms, gratuitous-but-qualitative solos and doublebass drumming, temper your expectations to expect that this may all be a joke at your expense…and this is totally worth the expense of the CD. Ultimately, I say enjoy the ride…and hope they’re laughing with us.

If you hate Children Of Bodom, you’ll probably despise this even more. But it’s ripping fun, and ultimately such a mindless good time (with deceptively great musicianship) that any suspicions of its true intent fly out the window faster than that last misguided Norther disc you bought.
Track Listing

1. The Summoning

2. Hang The Vermin

3. Gods Of War And Open Sores

4. Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut Of Fornication

5. Battle Cry

6. Eternal Voyage Of The Geishmal Undead

7. The Beast That Cannot Be Fed

8. Mutilated Cranial Orifice

9. Seduced By The Locrian Temptress

10. Hellfire

11. Bring The Exodus

Lineup

Sir Bryan Kemp - Vocals
Sir Jeremiah Scott - Guitar
Sir Way Barrier - Guitar
Sir Alex Gillette - Keyboards
Sir Adam Phillips - Bass
Sir Eric W. Brown I - Drums

Other reviews

» Devour The Power
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Devour The Power
by Gabriel C. Zolman

» Battle Sluts
by Lord of the Wasteland


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