Friday, May 31, 2013

Destroyers Of All-Into the Fire EP


"Into the Fire", which showed up in my inbox unexpectedly yesterday,  is the debut-release from Portuguese act Destroyers Of  All. The band, which was formed back in 2011, shouldn't be too hard to pin-down if you just go by their name and this EP's wicked album art. If you're stumped though here's what these guys bring to the party: death/thrash. Ripping death/thrash as it were. With João Mateus on the mic (sounding quite a bit like he's been possessed by the spirits of many a great 80's death metal vocalists!) the band tears through this EP with rage and righteous conviction! Technically-speaking these guys are sound and throughout this EP they find ways to figure in bits of not only death and thrash, but progressive thrash, speed metal and even a thin slice of black metal. As this is the group's first recording it's even more impressive how tight the band is and how well-executed these tracks are. Pinning down their sound would prove difficult though as I pick up on everything from early Sepultura to Testament along with the likes of later period Death, Pestilence, Sadus, Morbid Angel and early Death Angel. With a really solid production job (it always amazes me how some underground metal acts can pull off such profession sounding recordings on what must be shoe string budgets!) "Into the Fire" is a real winner and a great first-step for this young band.

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