The Bottom Line
- Good dynamics between thrash, black and power metal.
- Wailing solos from Shrapnel are as savory as they come.
- Released July 14, 2009 by Season of Mist.
- Fourth full-length album from Destroyer 666.
- First recording since 2003s Terror Abraxas EP.
Guide Review - Destroyer 666 - 'Defiance'Controversial hybrid metal unit Destroyer 666 is back for more shredding and hedonistic misadventure on their fourth outing, Defiance. From the band giving you the iniquitous Australian and Anti-Christ comes the new album from a group many have dubbed practitioners of war metal.
Destroyer 666s music has historically been nihilistic (proudly so for Warsluts purposes) even to the point theyve even been accused of conjuring up white supremacy issues in the past. However, Defiance somehow comes off far less shocking than any of Destroyer 666s previous efforts and honestly, it is all to the good this time.
While Defiance does hearken back to Warsluts black metal roots in various incrementsparticularly his bellowing rasps and the random breakaway tempos set at vengeances pacelargely the album focuses more on finding proper grooves and dark melody to make it Destroyer 666s most mature recording to date.
Granted, theres nothing mature to a guy calling himself Warslut, but the way his group structures Human All Too Human with hypnotic lures of tunefulness for a number of bars before escalating swift licks just enough to increase the songs strength shows a disciplined resolve to grow more artistic instead of remaining downright dirty.
Creating a dirge epic with A Sermon to the Dead complete with planted clean vocals drifting amidst Warsluts belching and a trancy doom tempo is one of Destroyer 666s biggest improvements. Having curtain-call guitar solos abound on this album courtesy of Shrapnel is even more exciting than the focused aggression of Weapons of Conquest or the alacrity assisting the snidely I Am Not Deceived.
Whether you agree with Warsluts principles or not, Defiance is the most listenable album Destroyer 666 has unfurled. For a change, this album takes the guilt out of guilty pleasure.