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Destroyer 666 - Call Of The Wild

Destroyer 666
Call Of The Wild
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 28 February 2018, 7:06 AM

K. K. Warslut formed DESTROYER 666 following his departure from BEASTIAL WARLUST. Initially the project was a solo venture but eventually a Blackened Thrash Metal band was formed in 1994 in Melbourne. The group's debut EP: “Violence is the Prince of this World” featured Warslut on guitar, bass and vocals, with Matt Skitz from DAMAGED and Criss Volcano from ABOMINATOR on drums. The song "The Eternal Glory of War" was later re-recorded for their 2000 album “Phoenix Rising”. Following their debut release, DESTROYER 666 had a line-up of Warslut; bassist Bullet Eater (aka Phil Gresik), Gospel of the Horns' drummer Howitzer; and guitarist Shrapnel. They recorded the group's first studio album: “Unchain the Wolves” in 1997.

Soon after Howitzer was replaced by Deceiver and during 1999 DESTROYER 666 recorded “Phoenix Rising”, though it was not released until more than a year later. During 2000, they toured Europe extensively. Dutch drummer Erich de Windt of SINISTER and PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT joined the band after the recording of the EP; “King of Kings”. Gresik left to be replaced by Simon Berserker. “Phoenix Rising” was released by Season of Mist in November. De Windt was replaced by German drummer Mersus in 2001 and DESTROYER 666 toured through Europe again with IMMOLATION and DERANGED, after which the band left Australia to relocate to Europe. Warslut settled in Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Shrapnel began living in London.

The 2002 album “Cold Steel… for an Iron Age” featured cover art, which the band has since disavowed, claiming they never approved it. A reissue of the album was scheduled for late 2005 but as of May 2009, it had not appeared. It is supposed to feature all new artwork as well as bonus songs. The next album, “Defiance”, was released in June 2009. It is their first album where none of the music was composed by Warslut, whereas he has concentrated on the lyrics as usual with the music composed by Shrapnel and Matt Razor. The album has been very well received by both fans and critics to keep DESTROYER 666 well in the bracket of the cult act they have become. In 2010 the group released a compilation album, "To the Devil His Due" which contains all of the tracks previously available only on 7" vinyl EPs. DESTROYER 666's lyrical themes deal with blasphemy, nihilism, Nietzsche and warlike subjects. In August 2012, it was announced that Shrapnel left the band due to personal reasons.

Violence Is Golden” has the old school thrash feel to it from the off. The guitars sitting nicely in the background to the powerful vocals. The titled is repeated several times throughout, being shouted at you. A BATHORY and KREATOR mix is the best way to describe the overall sound, which is no way saying they are copying these bands, but they have a similar output. It’s a great way to start this E.P. Your head will bang to this tune with ease. “Stone by Stone” does not start with a Thrash-Attack, more a progressive build up until a crisp and dark vocal hit you. The outburst becomes fuller with a more melodic set of vocals taking through this song. The Thrash solo is hitting hard and true, it makes a great mix, old school thrash meets old school Death Metal. A beautiful concoction.

Call of The Wild” takes off from the previous song, the pace is slowed down for the start with the guitars taking it easier on this song, a few short solos are there, but nothing so intense. The melody is more settled and works well to just keep this ticking over. More of a power ballad than anything else. It makes a nice change and adds a new depth to the E.P.

For fans of: ABSU, SODOM, GOATWHORE, POSSESSED, HELLHAMMER, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, KREATOR, BATHROY, CELTIC FROST, & ABBATH.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Violence Is Golden
2. Stone by Stone
3. Call of the Wild
4. Trialed by Fire
Lineup:
K.K. Warslut - Guitars, Vocals
Roland C - Guitars, Vocals
Felipe Plaza Kutzbach - Bass
Perra Karlsson - Drums
Record Label: Season of Mist
     


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