Schmier is an ambitious and very preoccupied soul. This inventor of evil thrash anthems never rests. He is consistently creating quality metal through his eternal dedication, now released from agony of his past mistakes.
D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. is the first Destruction release since Thrash Anthems, and their newest material in three years. This odyssey of dictation, aptly named for the acrostichon it forms by including the first letter of each song, is a dynamic dirge of inner indulgence.
Lyrically it enables Schmier to expiate his political and religious frustrations; while focusing on his own inner journey. Musically, it is everything one would expect from Destruction once Schmier regrouped and all hell broke loose. There are hints of the classic sound, with a modern production and attitude.
Many retro-acts have formed imitating what Destruction iniatiated over two decades ago. Very few, save Brazil's Bywar have successfully recaptured the essence of the antichrist. Most, are mere Destruction clones, with little originality.
I'll always champion the first three albums, especially the highly melodic Release From Agony, which served as the basis for Headhunter's sound after Schmier's exodus. I just don't know why most old school enthusiasts don't embrace the new level of Destruction.
This band has been instrumental in the thrash resurgence, and they have always played fast and furious, with some aspect of progression. This new album is no exception, and at times it even surpasses the last few studio endeavours.
The opening track 'Devolution' is a burst of sonic energy; a mindcrime of modern experience. 'Elevator To Hell' soars with intense aggression. 'Vicious Circle' commands a powerful presence of avarice and gluttony. 'Urge (The Greed Of Gain)' is blistering with an infernal overkill of sweet leads and bludgeoning hits.
'The Violation Of Morality' and 'Last Desperate Scream' echo an Exodus theme both lyrically and musically. Ever since the dawn of the millennia, I've detected a strong Exodus sound with newer Destruction.
Thankfully, Schmier's 'Curse The Gods' desperate scream of vengeance permeates all throughout the CD, and his acrid 'Life Without Sense' mentality resides with conviction; especially on 'Inner Indulgence'. Clearly drugs diminish the spirit and cause a cracked brain.
Overall, this is pure Destruction: an eternal ban of strangulated pride and invincible force. The mad butchers return, united by hatred, willing to survive to dynamically deliver the sentence of death.