DESTRUCTION - The Antichrist
June 27, 2001, 17 years ago
Many were blinded by the reappearance of Schmier (bass/vox) within the floundering entity calling itself Destruction. All Hell Breaking Loose was a passable, if unspectacular album, given more credence for getting the legendary German thrashers back on the road, playing the vintage cuts fans yearned to hear for more than a decade. Now the hoopla is gone and Destruction must deliver a consistent record, which will stand or fall on its own merits, no added boost by the nostalgia factor. Ten tracks, most of which hit the mark, with little in the way of variation. Destruction incorporate the titles of some of the best albums of all time into the lyrics of the opener, ?Thrash Till Death?, which keeps the formula simple and powerful. The best number is ?Dictators Of Cruelty?, which appears after the halfway point. There are no real surprises in the approach taken, just pure 80s Germanic thrash, although the mid-tempo (by comparison) begun ?Bullets From Hell? and brutal ?Nailed To The Cross? sport distinct guitar breaks. The rather pedestrian ?Meet You Destiny? takes a different tact and gets bogged in mediocrity, but is the sole clunker of the batch. ?The Heretic? finale has an infectious, repetitive rhythm, even if the vocal performance is a little sloppy. The Antichrist should come packaged with a bottle of aspirin, because after all the headbanging, your throbbing neck will be begging for a rest.