|Review: Destroy Destroy Destroy - Battle Sluts|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: December 30, 2008
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Let me start by saying that I like this album a lot more than the title lead me to believe I would. Battle Sluts seems kind of cheesy, but who am I to complain when the songs are this good? Destroy Destroy Destroy have put out a heavy, Thrash-fest with the requisite chunky riffs, double-kick drums and barely decipherable high raspy vocals you might expect from a band thus named. However, they've added some interesting elements from both the Epic and Power Metal styles to create something a little different — in a good way, for the most part.
The album starts out with an epic instrumental opening consisting of drums, keyboards and horn effects that could easily have been playing while the orcs marched on Gondor in Lord of the Rings. They then jump right in to the Thrash with "Battle Upon the Arctic Plains" and don't really stop until the 2nd to last song, "The Return of the Geishmal Undead." The tempo is mainly fast but the band isn't afraid to slow it down during some tracks to enhance the epic-ness, a nice touch. The music is solid, if unspectacular, the vocals are, as mentioned, raspy and occasionally you can make out what lead singer Bryan Kemp is saying, and the keyboards used throughout work sometimes ("Beyond the Scorpion Gate", "The Winged Panther") and other times, not (they drown out the rest of the music in places on "Born of Thunder").
The last song is a pointless recording of the band, presumably, banging on a table and singing about how cool they are in the studio or something to that effect. At least it's the last song, so no need to program the CD to skip.
Good effort from Destroy Destroy Destroy. Fans of the Thrash and epic styles should enjoy this as well as Power Metal fans (like me) looking to expand their horizons.
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