Review by Adam M on March 3, 2016.
Destroyer 666 perform a fast and aggressive combination of black and thrash metal. It is very vivid and harsh in its nature. The guitar riff attack is quite prominent in this release and shines through. It’s these riffs that form the backbone of the music Destroyer 666 plays.
The music is rough and tough and this leads to a distinctive sound compared to say, Immortal. That music is icier and less destructive in nature. The comparison bodes well for the band because they add the thrash aspects to their music with much vehemence. This music has a repetitive feel that is similar to that genre, but keeps the black metal portions shining through. The title “Wildfire” is very appropriate for the style of music here because it has a fiery nature. This leads to the harsh aspect that is more prominent than in Immortal’s work. There is a particularly raw sound to the band that would have a very strong aura within the early thrash recordings. This thrash style has a large legacy and it’s something that Destroyer 666 capitalizes upon. There are numerous small tidbits that point to early Slayer material as there are with the comparisons to Immortal. The nature of having thrash and black metal in equal measures is something that is almost a pioneering vision for this band. They are adept at mixing the two genres and this resonates strongly in the music.
Still, there is something holding this back from being stellar. Maybe it’s the fact that it sounds a bit too standard without enough innovative directions taken. This is something that could be alleviated on future recordings from this band. Though sounding typical, the music still sounds well done and performed, however. Wildfire is something that thrash and black metal fans need to check out, but not so much from fans beyond those genres.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10