MetalBite Review by Allan on 4/18/2002
Lately I’ve been having trouble finding some bands than can captivate me. It’s like I’ve drained the metal scene for everything it has, but obviously not. I guess I have to look harder. So, that’s why I was surprised when I was introduced to Destroyer 666
with their most recent album, “Cold Steel for an Iron Age”
. Two CD’s and two EP’s later, Destroyer 666
is making new fans for obvious reasons.
I kind of expected possibly something typical from this band, for no reason really. I kind of figured they were some band with no innovation or idea of musicianship. Don’t ask me why, but that’s just what hit me before I listened to the music. Though, nowhere near my assumptions, I was pleasantly surprised by how tight this outfit turned out to be.
With nine tracks of Australian “War metal”, I was quickly consumed by the epic atmosphere of “Cold Steel...”
. I’m sure many people are asking themselves what exactly is “War metal”. Well, I’d say it has a lot to do with the atmosphere. Ever listen to “Hammerheart”
? This album definitely has that type of atmosphere, and that’s partly where term comes from. Don’t get the idea that Destroyer 666
is like a Bathory
clone though. They play their own style of epic death and thrash metal. Every song draws very much upon itself to support its ideas, instead of another song. This means that the songs are all unique in there on way while still retaining enough in common that the album is consistent.
The band touches many different aspects. You’ve got tracks that have a lot of groove throughout. This is evident on tracks such as ‘Raped’
and ‘Sons of Perdition’
. It’s just got the ability to really get you banging your head. Or you’ve got tracks that are just all out aggressive metal, such as on ‘Savage Pitch’
. Then there are those tracks that really incorporate the atmosphere to its full effect, such as ‘Witch Hunter’
. It’s also nice to hear a few different vocal approaches. You’ve got black vocals on ‘Shadow’
, and then death vocals on 'Black City'
, or maybe a combination of both on a song like ‘Sons of Perdition’
. Also, it’s great to have war-like chants throughout the album acting as a backdrop for the songs. While taking only enough tips from their inspirations and still applying themselves to their music, the band has come up with an excellent piece of work.
Bottom Line: Destroyer 666
is a strong act. Not only are they making great music, but are somewhat unique. I can’t tell you what this is like compared to previous efforts, but if it’s anything like their back catalogue, I’m in for a few more albums of excellent music.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10