Reviewed: July 2020
Released: 2020, Clobber Records
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Metal is a forever evolving phenomenon, and that is not done just by bands taking the old sound and adding new things, but also by the kids who keep the old school alive. By that, I am referring to Devastator, the black/thrash outfit from Derbyshire, England who are on a bloodthirsty crusade to not let the old days be forgotten.
Their debut album: Baptised in Blasphemy pulls no punches, for it is a roller coaster thrill ride into the past from the word go. Multiple times, I felt I had unearthed a deleted Bathory LP from the days where Venom and Kreator led the way in bringing satanism into extreme metal.
Having fallen out of love with thrash metal several years back, I must thank Devastator for rekindling my interest in the genre, as they aren’t just mixing black metal with its predecessor. On several tracks such as “Send them to Hell” and “Death Slut” I was reminded a lot of the crossover thrash and hardcore punk that first got me into extreme music, so from a personal view, this is a very enjoyable record.
Though a trip down memory lane is not just what this album is. Like many of their record label Clobber’s contemporaries, Devastator are making it clear that the old ways are still strong and stable when it comes to making hellish metal. Devastator has written an album which has plenty of replay value, dead catchy riffs and machine-guns drums, and song titles you will not forget in a hurry.
If you are a thrash metal veteran or a new kid on the metal block, check out Devastator – they will have you on the edge of your seat before you know it.
1. Howling Night
2. Worship the Goat
3. Hail Death
4. Send Them to Hell
5. Death Slut
6. Spiritual Warfare
7. Baptised in Blasphemy
Thomas Collings – Bass/vocals
Richard Bateman – Lead guitar
Christopher Whitehurst – Rhythm guitar
Jack Scarlett – Drums