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A holocaust of metallic fury - 89%

chaossphere, October 7th, 2003

This short, vicious album (I refuse to classify it as an EP, it's too complete for that) showcases Destroyer 666 at their most primal and nasty. Along with the demo that preceded it, it's basically an audio document of KK Warslut's emerging genius in the transition from his stint in the insane barbarism machine Corpse Molestation/Bestial Warlust to the eerie, brutal blackened thrash of D666's current sound. The trademark riffs are discernable on some tracks, but mostly this a full speed barrage of violent war metal fury. The only thing missing is the killer lead work of second guitarist Shrapnel - at this point, the lineup was only Keith on guitar/bass/vocals with two different session drummers. The production is also somewhat uneven and rough, but no one gives a shit about that anyway. This stuff wasn't ever meant to have a clean, polished mix.

The opener "Hail to Destruction" is a short, nasty blast of noisy,steamrolling force, before another fist in the face with "An Endless Stream of Bombers" and the horrific "True Sons of Satan" play further havoc with your ears. Far from the epic, rousing triumphant nature of Unchain The Wolves, Violence.. is mostly a crushing blast of hatred with all the subtlety of a nuclear explosion. The epic feel does pop up though, on "Burning The Veil of Falsehood", "Song For A Devil's Son" and the classic closing track "The Eternal Glory Of War", the latter of which was reworked in a much more polished form on Phoenix Rising. This version, though, is what first gave D666 much of their notoriety by appearing on a couple of widely circulated compilation albums.

The 2001 reissue of this CD also includes 5 bonus tracks - all but one of which are merely alternate versions of the existing 7 songs. The only unique track is "Destroyer", which is killer and should have been included on the original album anyway. Otherwise, there's alternate mixes of "The Eternal Glory of War", "True Sons of Satan" and "Song For A Devil's Son", and a medley of the latter two (although "Song.." is subtitled Part 2 and has a slightly different approach, but essentially it's the same song) with an interlude between the two. I personally would've preferred if they'd just included the demo Six Songs With The Devil instead, which is quite a rare release and hopefully will be reissued as an official CD version at some stage. Until then, this is the best available document of early Destroyer 666 material available, and remains utterly essential for any fan of this exceptional band.