Released: 2003, Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
First off, Destruction´s 7th full-length studio album, METAL DISCHARGE, introduces us the band´s new drummer Marc Reign who replaced Sven Vormann in 2001. Secondly, since the original members of these very popular German Thrash metal ´veterans´ Schmier and Mike reformed the REAL Destruction in 1999 due to a huge demand from their fans, the band has been going really strong since then and made 3 more studio albums within 3-or-so-years – AND these city boys´ newest album to date, METAL DISCHARGE definitely scores a bull´s eye by introducing the Destruction threesome in its best, finest and most pleasent form without exaggerating a bit. Destruction simply at least proves with this new, absolutely delicious 10-track offering that their comeback has been one of the most successful and most welcomed in the whole history of Heavy Metal and overall how the German Thrash Metal is flourishing a big way again together with the land mates from Kreator, Sodom, Assassin, Dew-Scented and the likes, gaining its well-earned status as the whole world´s mecca for a real quality country of Thrash Metal these days. And hands down folks now as there´s not any potential competition in sight for those lucky German bastards for now.
As for METAL DISCHARGE, the album starts off with “The Ravenous Beast” where the song basically grows out from a distant horizon into a real thunderous Thrash Metal tornado, pretty much reminding me of Slayer´s “Darkness of Christ” off GOD HATES US ALL – followed soon by the tile track of the album “Metal Discharge” that happens to be one of my personal favorite numbers on METAL DISCHARGE. The band´s 6-string grinder Mike has done a tasteful job in the album´s riff department; the song is like a true epitome of a striking German Thrash fuckin´ Metal from start to finish. I wouldn´t change one damn single note out of this song. Obviously we have one of the coolest songs here Destruction have written ever.
A plain metal thrashing madness continues in “Ripping the Flesh Apart” which has a nice gloomy, mid-tempo beginning, but which eventually reaches some new levels by totally brilliant riff – and tempo changes the more the song makes a progress toward the end. I could probably say rightfully “Ripping the Flesh Apart” is the album´s most potential stand-out tune in my opinion anyway. Up next, “Fear of the Moment” which sounds amazingly experimental for being a Destruction song in the first place. There´s a bit surprising moment in the later half of the song that is a pure Voi Vod rip-off, saying this, however, in a positive respect for the band in spite of everything. As for more thrashingly rock´ish Destruction songs, “Mortal Remains” is such one. The main riff in the song isn´t particularly that heavy at all, but as a song “Mortal Remains” is still damn catchy as a song all in all, into almost a traditional Destruction vein, may I say. Without a bloody doubt a great song to play live for them for sure, I guess.
“Desecrators of the New Age” is kind of ´a so-so song´ compared to the 1st 5 new Destruction cuts on the album, but I don´t mean to say it´s any type of a filler song or anything like that on METAL DISCHARGE. There´s a couple of ´interesting´ (a relatively lame word, I know...) moments going on in this particular song, but like I already stated previously, the song gets buried under a big shadow of the five first tunes by being ´not as good´ or ´that hitting´, y´know what I´m saying? In “Historical Force Feed” we get Destruction back thrashing somewhat heavily again even if there´s not happening too many things in the song at all. “Savage Symphony of Terror”, on the other hand, is a more familiar and typical Destruction –song with some ´let´s-attack-against-the-barricades´ type of sharp riffing and Schmier´s relatively safe sounding, spitting vocal outbursts. One of my most positive favorites off METAL DISCHARGE for sure.
“Made to be Broken” is a classy Destruction –stuff in many sense. It just rolls painlessly forward nicely thrashing and sticking in your mind like a sticky gum in your jeans whereas the last song on METAL DISCHARGE titled “Vendetta” will definitely keep your neck muscles and fingers busy against the surface of a table for a while. Guaranteed...
I have said it before and I will say it again. Destruction has successfully proved us with their latest three albums that their comeback – or more like Schmier´s ´comeback´ for many back to the line-up of the band again, has been all worth waiting more than we even first dared to hope for in the beginning. Even it might be even an overrated cliché to say METAL DISHARGE is an instant classic Thrash Metal album in my respected and adored books of metal. I could even bet easily that it will surely have the same kind of status for many of you worshippers of a well-executed and thought-out, not only as a highly enjoyable German Thrash Metal album, but also as a Thrash Metal album in a larger concept generally, too. Destruction is, indeed, ´a destructive Thrash´ in a very positive way...