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Born to Loose - 65%

Andreas_Hansen, August 16th, 2019

My relation with Destruction is... weird. The one with the other members of the "Teutonic Big 4" isn't. Sodom? My favourite thrash band. Kreator? Yuk (hit me)! Tankard? Love them! I can't be as decisive for Destruction. Having discovered this band following a trauma at the age of 14 or 15 with the artwork of "Release From Agony" (which, by a twist of fate, has become one of my favourites of the genre), I avoided the German trio for a long time before taking a look at them, circumspect, before finally going for it. Since I listen to this band regularly. So, what's wrong? Maybe a very characteristic riffing that doesn't speak to me at all and that quickly tends to make me have an "overdose of riffs" like on the yet very good "Infernal Overkill" that I can fully appreciate only if I take a break halfway through. Indeed, in spite of a potential a hundred times shown to give us a slapping, I always found a certain repetitiveness in Destruction's music that was bothering me more than in their stooges. This is maybe why "Release From Agony" has become my favourite disc over the years, thanks to its different tones and atmospheres... bringing an almost progressive side to it.

As for "Born to Perish", it stands for the fourteenth (!) album of the Germans if we exclude the two "Thrash Anthems" and the multiple recent live albums and splits with their scene colleagues. You notice it like me: Destruction is a band that likes to keep itself busy and productive and Schmier's words are proof of it, he who was talking about the longevity of his band in a short interview for ZTMag in jokingly comparing Destruction to the Rolling Stones and in announcing that he intended to keep on being productive on studio as well as on stage until his health would eventually prevent him from doing so. He and Mike Sifringer have more than one trick up their sleeve... not being myself convinced on if their determination will be enough.

Because by dint of producing again and again without taking much rest comes inevitably the time when tiredness makes itself felt. And for such musicians as our two fellows, this is, first of all, felt through their studio productions. When we know that the recording of this new disc has been done the quickest way possible - not to say "in a rush" - because the band wanted to finish it before starting touring with Overkill, we may not have the right to expect something incredible from it. And the result doesn't fool anyone.

I listened to this album twice or three times before starting writing this review. Each time, I felt the same sensation of weariness and abandonment halfway through that almost made me say "fuck this album, I'm fed up with it, I prefer talking about something I like". But I love my hobby of talking about music and I decided to take up my pen - what a man! - mostly for telling you not to expect anything great from this umpteenth album. Nuclear Blast may well use all the adjectives in the world to qualify it to create an illusion of diversity but the music speaks for itself: this disc is very, very much repetitive. We have an overdose of it, but not the same kind of overdose I spoke in my intro, not an overdose of crushing and devastating riffs, no! An overdose of tiredness and boredom.

So, what are the interesting points of this album, then? What could give back to the fans some interest in Destruction, after a very weak "Under Attack" and a "Spiritual Genocide" okay but not incredible? Not many things. The duo evolves this time into a quartet with the arrival of the drummer Randy Black and his dynamic playing as his career within Rebellion and Primal Fear can show and the soloist Damir Eskic, which is for the band a real change since we have to come back in 1998 with the... thing? that is "The Least Successful Human Cannonball" to have two guitarists in the destruction's service. We feel this rather benefic addition through quite solid soli in "Born to Perish", "Tyrants" and "Betrayal" that raise the interest of the songs and through the very direct and heavy drumming methods of Randy Black with the quite martial and catchy intro of "Born to Perish" and the quite dynamic beginning of "Betrayal". But apart from the arrival of these two members... nothing new on the horizon.

That's what I was saying earlier: we feel that, progressively, the band gives up, that it doesn't want to convince anymore. Yet, it starts quite well with a "Born to Perish" that has catchy chorus riffs, carries on with the interesting "Inspired by Death", its thirds and its vibe "nice and easy heavy" in a very Saxon-like way before sinking into a completely insipid heavy/thrash with "Rotten" that sounds like a failed Overkill song and knocks down once and for all with the completely dispensable semi-ballad "Butchered for Life". As for the rest... if you didn't drop this album yet, know that "Tyrants" gives the disc back some strength with a more punchy tonality, but that's it. The rest doesn't deserve one's attention.

One at the time, all the songs succeed somehow to convince, the talent of the Germans to destroy everything not being needed anymore to be proved. Yet, in a single shot, on a fifty-minute long full-length, it will be way harder to stay without yawning or - even worse! - stopping at some point. Reserved only for the die-hard fans.

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