Thursday, 3 March 2016

Alphabetical Discovery - Week D, Day Six: Desaster

Desaster - Photo

Destructive and malevolent black-metal here. I'm going to use an irrelevant and rather pointless analogy: Desaster are black coffee, no sugar or milk - they're just pure black-metal in all its maniacal and evil glory. Desaster's approach takes a lot from the first and second-wave along with an occasional death-doom feel with  vocals leaning towards Martin van Drunen levels of deadly heaviness and riffs edging towards old-school death-levels of gruesomeness. There's also the occasional call-back to a more traditional thrash sound; songs often transition from frantic and pummeling to mid-paced 80's-esque riffing. I don't know if the band mean to be so, but they are fun. The band take their name from a Destruction song, and the band, being German themselves, take a lot from the gravelly German thrash sound. Desaster have released seven full-lengths and each has been consistently excellent. Their last album, 2012's The Art of Destruction, is a monster of an album. The vocals are twisted and intense - just listen to the echo of them on 'Beyond Your Grace' - and there is a certain old-school mid-paced groove that runs through the violence. They have a new album - The Oath of an Iron Ritual - set for release on the 15th of April. If you're in need of some violent black'n'thrash listen to Desaster.

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