While the recently announced addition of a female keyboardist to their line-up may offset their testosterone fueled live image (think Conan The Barbarian meets bullet belts); it surely won't stop Destroy Destroy Destroy from ripping through the kind of over the top Euro/black metal thrash that this album serves up in heaping portions. Picture Children of Bodom and 3 Inches Of Blood and then add in a touch of Iron Maiden and you'll have a good idea of just what kind of power this band has been devouring.
Speedy riffs are met with a hearty rhythm section that isn't afraid to bust into a full-fledged gallop if the need arises. Screeched black metal styled vocals lead the charge like battlefield general as chilling (though sometimes spazzy) keyboard parts become the mist that ensures some hand to hand combat will be necessary when the requisite breakdowns hit. It's all a bit campy, yet the band don't take themselves entirely seriously and thus it doesn't reek of the Viking kvlt pretentiousness one might expect.
Fittingly, with the style of music they play the band are all highly competent musicians and show off quite a bit of finesse and technical ability as they ferociously charge forth. But while they get points for their moderately original approach, their songwriting seems to be limited with a lot of sonic battles repeatedly being fought with the same strategies. In turn, it's fun for awhile, but the lack of continued creativity can quell the hunger for this bands brand of shredding a lot sooner than the albums nearly 40 minute running time.
(3.5 / 5)