DESTRUCTOR – Decibel Casualties

DESTRUCTOR - Decibel Casualties
  • 6.5/10
    DESTRUCTOR - Decibel Casualties - 6.5/10


Release date: June 9, 2017

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Take a trip back to the foundry with the new album Decibel Casualties from Ohio’s Destructor, who have been recording in one form or another for thirty-two years. Decibel Casualties chugs along with a traditionally heavy pulse; opener “Restore Chaos” sounds like it would not be out of place on one of the first three Voivod albums, at least until mainstay Dave Overkill’s vocals kick in.

There’s a muscular, relentless physicality to the opening guitar and drums that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Lyrically, though, the album is pretty one-note, with the majority of the eight songs featuring some variation on the “let’s all swear fealty to the power of Metal” theme. Think Manowar without Eric Adam’s four octave range and sustained screaming ability. “Keep The Faith” and “Metal Till Death” are two such examples, as is the more humorous (and therefore more pleasing) “Metal Spike Deep”, which starts off with a great shredding riff and rocks along to the chorus—“Metal Spike! Deep! The Metal Spike! Goes Deep! In Your Face!”. The song has one of the better solos on the record, almost as good as the ones traded on the rousing (and misspelled) instrumental “Firey Winds”.

Unrepentantly old school to the core of their tungsten hearts, Destructor isn’t going to appeal to everyone—Progressive and Symphonic Metal fans seeking mental stimulation or illumination would be well advised to listen elsewhere, but fans of straightforward, no frills Metal should find enough speed and adrenaline in Decibel Casualties to make it worth the price of admission.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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