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Review: The Destro - Harmony of Discord
The Destro
Harmony of Discord

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 28:44
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: September 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Harmony of Discord

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

Second album for The Destro, and things are somewhat better this time around. There's still some level of annoyance in the vocals, but the vocalist makes more use of death growls, and the screaming is less predominant (but there's still enough to annoy a little… How about kicking that out on the next one, what do you say guys?) The growls are decipherable enough if you pay close attention – in other words, the guy doesn't sound like he's burping his breakfast. Always appreciated.

Musically, things are a bit slower than on the debut, the band focusing on a more "groovy" and melodic style this time around, and throwing in a bit more heaviness as well. You won't find as much "high-speed" playing on this one, but a healthy of catchy, headbangable moments. Quite a few galloping riffs can be heard, and want it or not, this has the instant effect or inducing at least some foot-tapping. ;) Once again we have a mix of Death Metal and Death/Thrash, with some occasional thrashy riffs whose roots can be traced back all the way to the late 80s. The overall slow to mid pace of the album often gives it a pretty heavy, almost doomy feel.

Harmony of Discord sure isn't bringing anything new to the genre, but for the band, it's an improvement over the debut – the band sounds tighter, the songs are catchier – though that won't help you if you liked the few take-no-prisoners speedsters found on the debut – and the overall sound is less amateurish (the drums especially sound way better here – unlike the occasional tin can sound on As the Coil Unwinds.) At less than 29 minutes, it's a bit on the short side, but I'm one of those who prefers that over longer albums with a few fillers thrown in "just to make it at least this long." A good lightweight Death Metal album.

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Review: As The Coil Unwinds (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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