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Destruction live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , on 18th January 2017 by izaforestspirit

Gonoreas, Nervosa, Destruction
Klubi, Tampere, Finland
17th January 2017

My first gig of 2017! I opted for some thrash metal this time. Old school German thrash metal to be precise…I have technically seen Destruction live before, a long time ago at a festival in a small town in Spain during my year abroad as a student. Now, a decade later I got the opportunity to see them live again this time in Tampere.

First up was a Swiss heavy/power metal band called Gonoreas. The crowd was still gathering when these guys started their set but it didn’t take them long to agitate the audience and even get a small mosh-pit going. At one point their singer came off the stage and he started wreaking all sorts of havoc, encouraging people to move. It was a good way to start the night. 4/5



I had no idea what to expect from the Brazilian thrash metal trio Nervosa. They are an all-girl band and they really know how to rock. Their style is essentially old-school thrash metal, similar to the headlining act. Brutal, fast and highly entertaining. So brutal it actually reminded me of death metal at times. I definitely need to check out some of their music. 5/5

Thrash metal is one of the best metal sub-genres to see live. Destruction are veterans of the thrash metal scene and they sure know how to put on a great show. I’m not too familiar with their latest album ‘Under Attack’ and so I was glad that they also played some of their older material such as ‘The Butcher Strikes Back’, ‘Nailed to the Cross’ along with a few classics from the start of their career. It was a great performance, even better than the first time that I saw them live. 5/5

In summary this was a great way to spend what would have otherwise been an uneventful Tuesday night. I really enjoyed Nervosa and Destruction are always entertaining to watch. What a great start to the year!

Iza Raittila

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Vagos Open Air 2015 – 2nd day

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th August 2015 by Pieni

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, Venom, Black Label Society, Triptykon, Destruction, Mutant Squad, W.A.K.O.
Quinta do Ega, vagos (PT)
8th August 2015
Promoted by Prime Artists

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Black Label Society

The second day of Vagos Open Air was the heaviest in sound and numbers. Saturdays are always prone to attract more people, but I’m pretty sure it was the names on the bill that gathered so many metalheads

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W.A.K.O.

If memory serves me well, I hadn’t seen W.A.K.O. in four years. Not that they’ve inactive all that time, no. I just haven’t had the chance to see them lately. And damn, what I’ve been missing! Sure, the aforementioned gig I attended at Hard Club was a killer (no pun intended – did I mention that W.A.K.O. stands for We Are Killing Ourselves?), but this one at Vagos was simply devastating! As well as the mosh circles the crowd put up restlessly, from the opener “Abyss” to the closing “The Shadows Collapse Within”. Any thumbs-down? Sure – too short. Such a show deserved to last longer.

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Mutant Squad

Next, from country next door, came Mutant Squad. Straight-forward thrash metal always works when played live, whether you’re familiar with the band or not (which I think was the case of many in the crowd). The Spanish continued fuelling the mosh frenzy that W.A.K.O. had started with songs from their debut full-length “Titanomakhia”, and also one (“Remember”) from the 2012 EP “Social Misfits”. Using a few Portuguese curse words also helped them winning over the crowd, as well as praising the W.A.K.O. gig and their guitarist Pedro Mendes. The set ended with “Mutants Will Rise”, but before leaving the stage, singer/guitarist Pla announced they’d return to Portugal in November, for the Mosher clothing fest, and the people seemed happy about it.

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The thrashing went on in a much more old-school vein. Both previous bands had a pretty packed crowd waiting for them, but Destruction had an army! The action on and off stage lived up to the band’s name. This is another band that hasn’t released anything new in three years (the Saxon cover on “The Big Teutonic 4” split can’t obviously count) but whose presence in this or any other festival is more than justified, as their performances are what live shows are all about. Even when the sound goes down… Not sure what happened, but at some point closer to the end, only the drums were audible. As the band played on, I believe they still heard what they were doing on stage, but we didn’t. One thing I noticed and appreciated was that no one booed – they did cry out in disappointment, but not in angry accusation, understanding that this kind of thing happens. Eventually the sound came back, its volume still on a rollercoaster ride, but everything was back to normal when Schmier announced the last song “Bestial invasion”.

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Triptykon

Triptykon stirred another kind of turmoil – an emotional one. Although the crowdsurfers kept the security guys busy during the black metal parts that spice the doom nature of the band. Thomas Gabriel Fischer was particularly talkative and clearly happy to be there – the “it’s so good to be back” that we so often hear seemed honest. They played an excellent gloomy show that I just wished was a bit more Triptykon and less Celtic Frost. They have two great full-length albums, why dwell in past bands? One song would be enough, for old times sake – that I understand. But three? Plus a Hellhammer cover (“Messiah”) that Celtic Frost already used to cover – as Hellhammer was the band Thomas and Martin Ain were in before Celtic Frost. Even the “are you morbid?” expression was used that night. A flawless and enthralling performance, yes, but a little too much “double identity” for my personal taste.

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Black Label Society

Even though not closing the bill, Black Label Society were the headliners – the number of people waiting for Zakk Wylde (with no disrespect for the other musicians, just stating the truth) left no doubt about that. Not even the 20-minute delay (that wasn’t apologized for or explained) seemed to bother the fans. But then again, those same fans go bananas with Wylde’s 20-minute solos, so we clearly don’t agree on several things.
The show was impeccable, no one can say otherwise. There’s a reason why Wylde is considered such a guitar god and that reason was palpable that night. But like everything in life, when you’re not drinking your cup of tea… I’ve heard more than one person complaining about the extensive guitar work, but come on, that’s what Wylde does! That’s what his fans where there to see and that’s what they got. Now the “lesser fans”… well, not even guitar gods can please everyone. He didn’t talk much, except when introducing the band – he talked A LOT then, although I didn’t understand half of it, given that Southern accent of his (that I’m still trying to figure out where he got it from, as the guy was born and raised in New Jersey…). I did understand clearly the “We love you Dimebag!” at the end of “In This River”.

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Venom

Only now, as writing this, did I realize that the oldest band of the bill was the only with material released in 2015. Funny. Not that it mattered that much, as Venom didn’t focus on that new album, “From The Very Depths”. If I’m correct, only “Rise” and “Long Haired Punks” were played. But we’re talking about a band that was founded 36 years ago and has released killer black/speed hits ever since – there’s no such thing as promoting an album nowadays, only mingling a couple of new tracks with a roll of classics.
Despite the late hour, and after so many mosh-friendly bands, the circle pits were back in full, matching the violence that the trio “out of Hell” unleashed.

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There was still one more band left, “special guests” Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, who, as the name indicates, play black metal. For over two decades now. This year their debut EP “A Era do Abutre” (The Vulture’s Era) turned 20 years and they played a few shows to celebrate it. I believe they were invited to Vagos precisely for that anniversary. Still, black metal isn’t for everybody and the crowd wasn’t as big when they got on stage. And then there were those who wished they had left, as a desperate voice started screaming “go away, please!” at some point. Everybody – band included – laughed, but as the following song was “Morte Geométrica” (geometric death), singer/guitarist Belathauzer introduced it by saying that death wasn’t a bad thing, some people deserved death. Sounded to me like it was aimed at someone specific… The gig ended with “Labirito” (labyrinth), dedicated to “all our families”.

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Note: we weren’t granted access to the photopit, so no gallery this year.

Thanks to Hugo Delgado for the memory card.

Destruction’s “Thrash United” tour to hit the UK shortly

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 29th September 2014 by Pieni

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Destruction‘s first EP “Sentence Of Death” is seeing its 30th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate it than with a “real thrash live inferno”? Along with Lost Society and Evil Invaders, the thrash metal legends are currently on tour in their homecountry Germany – the “Thrash United Tour” – and will hit five cities in the UK in about a week. Dates and locations are the following:

Oct 8 th, London – Underworld
Oct 9th, Bristol – Bierkeller
Oct 10th, Glasgow – Audio
Oct 11th, Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
Oct 12th, Manchester – The Sound of Control

« After several journeys around the world and great festival tours, we are finally back with an European headlining tour! And we’re looking forward to presenting a “Best of 30 years” without any curfew, we could hardly play at any festival. With LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS we got two aspiring and sensational opening acts with us to heat up the audience very night! This generation clash will serve you the finest and most excessive Thrash & Speed attack yet to seen! I hope you are still very HUNGRY!!!!» says frontman Schmier.

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Godlike – Malicious Mind

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26th December 2012 by mariadodarmata

Godlike
Malicious Mind
Alternative/Melodic Death Metal
Released: October 2012
Released via Inverse Records.

Godlike is a new Finnish band. Malicious Mind is their debut album. As soon as you start playing it you guess the kind of influences they have… Made me have a regression to the early 2000’s.

With strong nu metal references mixed with melodic death, kind of in a Five Finger Death Punch way, they manage to take that Limp Bizkit sound and put make it sound a bit fresher.

The album goes down the nu metal road the first 4 songs. In Original Rebel takes a turn more to the death metal side with heavier sounding elements on the music and a song theme that made me think of Destruction’s The Antichrist. Then comes Shi No Negai and stirs the album back in the previous direction.

The album doesn’t have a central topic that the songs revolve around, at least an apparent  one. Some songs talk about the Catholic Church and the original sin, same others talk about this chick who is a hot mess, or how someone betrayed them. I find these last ones extremely cheesy but they melody and rhythm are quite catchy.

The album sounds solid and like an album made of t best songs they wrote during the years. I am a bit excited to see how they do next, for I believe their next album will be deciding on their future. I am not such a big fan of this kind of music, but keeping an objective eye on that aspect, the album is not bad.

3.5/5

María Mata

 

Testament announce exclusive Japan shows with Destruction and Death Angel

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament have scheduled two exclusive shows in Japan in March, 2013 with thrash legends Destruction and Death Angel. The shows will take place on 9th and 10th March, 2013 at Club Citta in Kawasak-Shi, Japan.

Fans can pre-reserve their tickets at this location this coming Saturday (8th December). Tickets will then go on sale everywhere on Saturday 22nd December. Further information on the exclusive shows can be found at this location.

Japan tour dates as followed:

March
9 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan
10 – Club Citta – Kawasak-Shi, Japan

Testament also recently announced their first US headlining tour in support of their new album, Dark Roots of Earth. The trek promises to be one of the best thrash metal line-ups of the year, with support coming from the world renowned Overkill and Flotsam And Jetsam, as well as Australian thrashers 4ARM.

VIP packages are now available for each show but will be on a limited basis per gig. Act now before they’re all gone!

VIP ticket packages will include the following:
– Meet and Greet with members of Testament.
– Photos with members of Testament.
– Special VIP collector pass.
– 8×10 photo of Testament.
– 1 Merchandise item.
– Discount Coupon for online shopping.
– VIP purchasers will receive a raffle ticket. Two lucky raffle winners per show will get to watch a portion of Testament’s set side stage with the opportunity to sing background vocals on ‘Into The Pit’!
– All VIP purchasers will be in an end of the tour drawing for a signature Eric Peterson Dean guitar signed by Testament.

US tour dates are as followed:

January
30 – The Filmore – San Francisco, CA*
31 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA*

February
1 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ*
2 – House of Blues – Hollywood, CA*
4 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
5 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
6 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
7 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
9 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10 – The Filmore – Charlotte, NC
12 – The Filmore – Silver Spring, MO
13 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
14 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
15 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
16 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
17 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
18 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
20 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
21 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
22 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
23 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
25 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
26 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
28 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA

* Denotes Flotsam And Jetsam will not be playing

 

Destruction – Day of Reckoning [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 16th February 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Destruction
Album: Day of Reckoning
Release Year: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal

Teutonic thrash metal kings “Destruction” are back with their new album “Day of Reckoning”. The band have stated that this album will go “more back to their roots”.

The album begins with “The Price” which straight away proves to be the beginning of a very promising album. The guitars just blitz the ear drums, the vocals are raw and aggressive and the drums have a good ol’ thrash styled brutality to them. The guitar solo is insanely brilliant as well.
“Hate in my Fuel” comes straight after and it carries on the thrash-styled blitz with a fast-paced and heavy intro riff. The vocals, again, are raw and aggresive sounding. Parts of this track sound as if there is some influence from old-skool Megadeth. “Armageddonizer” follows right after. It sounds slower paced compared to the last two tracks but just as heavy. The best parts of this track would have to be the bass only section followed by the guitar solo.

The track is “Devil’s Advocate” which features a brilliant use of technical riffs and speedy chugging. The vocals sound as if they’ve become more aggressive on this track as well. The guitar solo has a very old skool sound to it as well. The title track “Day of Reckoning” comes next. It’s drum intro followed by a high-pitched wailing guitar riff is just immense. The track soon turns heavy, with a great use of double bass pedal, beasty riffs and raw vocals which sound almost death metalish. This track is, without a doubt, the best track on the album.

The next “Sorceror of Black Magic” takes a heavyness up a step. Everything sounds more brutal on this track, especially the drums and vocals. The guitar solo has a slightly modern sound to it mixed with an old skool influence. “Misfit” comes next and it has taken a the heavyness down a step, though in some parts of the tracks, the drums sound as if they’re overpowering the drums. The guitar solo isn’t as impressive as the previous ones.

“The Demon is God” is next and it’s intro riff sounds a tad similar to the intro of Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast”. The guitar solo half through is a vast improvement compared to the one in the previous track. “Church of Disgust” is on after and it begins with an unsynchronised chanting of the Lord’s Prayer before an intro solo comes blasting in. The track sounds like it’s been slightly influenced by “Sabbat”. The vocals retain their raw and aggressive sound and the guitars and drums sound as heavy as they have been on previous tracks.

The next track is “Destroyer or Creator”. It begins with a slow but heavy intro. The tempo increases a bit once the vocals kick in. The drums sound brilliant and the short guitar solo halfway through is just epic. “Sheep of the Regime” is next and in true thrash metal style, it begins with an aggresive intro and the lyrics have a very political meaning. The final track is a cover of Dio’s “Stand Up and Shout”. While not as aggressive as the rest of the album, it still proves to be a brilliant track and a great tribute to the metal god himself.

This is an extremely enjoyable album, from the immense guitar riffs, the heavy drums, the raw vocals and the brilliant perfection. Destruction are like a fine wine – They just get better with age and this album proves it!

4.5/5

Nico Davidson