Metal Review: Destruction – Spiritual Genocide (2012)

Destruction - Spiritual Genocide (2012)Destruction is a legendary thrash band and there is no denying their place in thrash metal history. With the release or their latest studio effort, Spiritual Genocide, the thash veterans mark 30 years in the business even though they were quiet for much of the 90s. Destruction is one of the big three bands of the German thrash invasion of the early 80s along with Sodom and Kreator, the latter of which is much more widely respected than the two former bands.

Destruction’s early releases are seminal albums in the thrash genre and were always met with warm reception from the thrash community. There 90s hiatus never seemed to leave a dent in the metal community though. In early 2000, when there was a thrash revival, Destruction decided to re-enter the thriving genre, but the magic was no longer there. Their releases from that point on where cliche, but still Destruction were showered with praise.

With only a year since their last release, Day of Reckoning, it seems like a rushed process to get Spiritual Genocide ready in time for the 30th anniversary and it shows on much of the release. While Destruction has never been a band to overwrite songs, or introduce major hooks into tracks, Spiritual Genocide seems to have suffered the fate of being rushed. Their style has been pretty much tried and true throughout their careers anyway, so this should not come as much of a surprise with this release though. They have a formula that has worked for them and they use it as best as they can.

One of the high points of the album is easily Legacy of the Past, where vocalist Schmier is joined on vocals by Tom Angelripper of Sodom and Andreas “Gerre” Geremia of Tankard. This track is an ode to growing up in the thrash era and contains random shouts of classic thrash albums that highlighted this era of music. It is a nice trip down metal memory lane for the nostalgia factor alone.

Overall, Spiritual Genocide is pretty much what you would expect. It is a good listen, but it is also something that you need to be in the mood for. If you compare this release to other thrash releases of 2012, something like Testament’s Dark Roots of Earth, Spiritual Genocide is severely lacking.

Spiritual Genocide Track Listing:
01. Exordium
02. Cyanide
03. Spiritual Genocide
04. Renegades
05. City Of Doom
06. Legacy Of The Past [feat. Andreas “Gerre” Geremia, Tom Angelripper]
07. To Dust You Will Decay
08. Carnivore
09. No Signs Of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge
12. Princess Of The Night [digipak bonus]
13. Carnivore [featuring Harry & Olly] [digipak bonus]