Day Of Reckoning GermanyCountry Of Origin: Germany
Destruction - Day Of Reckoning

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User Rating: 7.3
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The Price
Hate Is My Fuel
Devil’s Advocate
Day Of Reckoning
Sorcerer Of Black Magic
The Demon Is God
Church Of Disgust
Destroyer Or Creator
Sheep Of The Regime

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2011
Label: Nuclear Blast
Categories: Thrash
7.3 out of 10 / 18 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Kate on 3/17/2011
German Thrash Metal legends, Destruction, have returned to make your ears bleed with their latest release, “Day Of Reckoning”. Having been in the metal scene since the early eighties these guys have pumped out some killer albums such as 1985’s “Infernal Overkill”, 1989’s “Cracked Brain” and 2001’s “The Antichrist”. After that Destruction kind of disappeared off the radar until they came out with 2008’s release “D.E.V.OL.U.T.I.O.N” which once again had headbangers throwing the horns up in the air. Now “Day Of Reckoning” has been unleashed among the masses with 11 tracks of adrenaline pumping thrash that will do any metalhead’s little black heart good.

Starting out with 'The Price', Schmier sets the mood for this track by giving one of his classic screams not twenty seconds into it followed by some of Mike’s chugging riffs. 'Hate Is My Fuel' begins at neck-breaking speed that is followed by Schmier spitting out his words with pure hate and brutality; the only unfortunate thing about this is that it keeps going in the same direction and does become a little repetitive after awhile. 'Armageddonizer' breaks the monotony with more of groove and nice harmonizing vocals. Plus, Schmier gets to squeeze in a little bass action in the middle here that we don’t hear too often. There’s a good solo that shows off more of Mike’s talents instead of the constant chugging that he provided for us in the last couple of tracks. 'Devil’s Advocate' is another great track that heads more into the headbanging speed with some vicious guitar playing that shows off what Mike is really capable of. 'Day Of Reckoning' is the only thing I’m disappointed with. There’s nothing here that really stands out or makes it special which I personally believe is something a titletrack should carry. 'Church Of Disgust' is probably one of my favorite tracks, taking off at full speed and hails back to old days of Thrash Metal. Schmier’s vocals are powerful that keeps the intensity at top notch. 'Sheep Of The Regime' keeps your adrenaline pumping and headbanging all the way to the end, a perfect finish for this album.

Destruction isn’t breaking any new ground but it is an impressive album that I think metalheads and fans from the old days, like me, will always appreciate. I recommend you picking up a copy and checking “Day Of Reckoning“out!

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8.5
Atmosphere: 7
Musicianship: 8
Originality: 6.5
Overall: 7

Rating: 7.4 out of 10