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Doomrock, February 15th, 2006

This album is (in my opinion) the greatest thrash metal record recorded by a band not called Metallica. Though a metal classic in it's own right, the fact that it is not listed in most lists of the greatest albums of the 1980s is a sin. This album should be in the collection of any person for whom headbanging can be considered their primary religion.

Embodying the phrase "all killer, no filler", this album will tear through your metal soul from start to finish, from the first strains of the dreamy Beyond Eternity to the candid rendition of the swing classic "In the Mood" that wraps up the end of Survive to Die. These tracks and everything in between are the stuff of legend, with twisted, bonecrushing riffs and a ferocious vocal approach by Schmier.

Destruction also showcases an insightful lyrical style uncommon to German bands, highlighted by Incriminated, an intense song about the difficulties of being a German citizen dealing with the haunting legacy of Germany's World War II dealings.

The guitar leads do the job, though you won't hear any of the neo-classical needling that was the popular style in this era. This is no knock on the guitarwork, as start to finish it will hold the listener's attention and make you want to reach for the nearest Flying V and shred away.

Release from Agony is a fondly remembered and still enjoyable album, but does not get anywhere near the accolades it deserves. It is still a testament to heavy metal. If this album were released today in 2006, it would sound just as strong as it did at it's 1988 release. I could praise this album all day, but I don't wish to interrupt your leaving for the record store and purchasing it.