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Review: The Destro - As The Coil Unwinds
The Destro
As The Coil Unwinds

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 46:12
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: June 23, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
As The Coil Unwinds

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (6 Votes)

There is something that ruins this album and we might as well get it over with right away: The predominant use of screamo metalcore-ish vocals. I'll never see the appeal. Thankfully, when he doesn't scream as if his bandmates were sodomizing him, the vocalist uses a more thrash-like style, in a style reminiscent of some of Slayer's material, as well as a more Death/Thrash style. I wish the band had chosen that path rather than try to appeal to the core kids. Oh well.

Musically, things are less traumatic. The style is mostly a groovy form of Death Metal, sometimes falling into a more melodic style and even going all thrash at times. Unfortunately there are a few core elements creeping in from time to time, but not bad enough to ruin the music (the vocals already took care of that anyway.) From slow grooves all the way to speedy blast beats and matching guitars, along with the occasional "fuck yeah" moments that show these guys can do it right when they want to, this sure isn't a monotonous album. Frankly if this were an instrumental album, there wouldn't be all that much to complain about. Maybe a bit too catchy for the average Death Metal listener, but it could bring in a few thrash and melodic death fans.

Overall a decent album with more than its share of annoyances. Frankly, if these guys were to drop all the core garbage, they would be a rather good metal band, rather than a second-rate hybrid. Next time maybe?

Track Listing:
  1. Intro
  2. Rivers Bottom
  3. Beast Burden
  4. The Offering
  5. Knife In Hand
  6. As The Coil Unwinds
  7. Bridges Will Burn
  8. Structures Collapse
  9. Stained Glass
  10. Sever The Ties
  11. Forever Embedded
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