Destroy Destroy Destroy are one of the newest bands to take part in the recently popular “prog/power metal revival” movement. And even though their debut, last year’s “Devour The Power,” doesn’t exactly break new ground in the genre, it is distinguishable from most of the works put out by most of DX3’s peers for three reasons. Firstly, this Tennessee-based sextet don’t bother with “epic” song lengths — the whole record is only eleven tracks and thirty-nine minutes long, so the songs are concise. Next, the band aren’t overly reliant on keyboard solos. Sure, a couple pop up here and there, but they clearly would much rather rip through your speakers with guitars and pummel you with drums. And finally, Destroy Destroy Destroy incorporate several different genres and influences into their music – their overall sound is like a mix of progressive, power speed, Bay Area thrash, Viking, and black/gothic metal. As a result, “Devour The Power” is heavier and punchier than, say, Three Inches of Blood’s “Advance And Vanquish,” and it is also a lot more straightforward and easy to digest than most of the stuff put out by a band like Dragonforce.
“Devour The Power” grooves surprisingly hard and forcefully, shreds really convincingly, and is usually quite catchy, too. The musicianship heard here is remarkably tight; Destroy Destroy Destroy intertwine speedy riffs and thrashy, shredding leads with larynx shredding black metal shrieks/rasps, deft, bouncy, black (or thrash) metal-esque blast beats, and top it all off with a few well-placed keyboard flourishes. DX3 allow just the right amount of their progressive and power metal influences to shine through – enough to give the music a bit of variety without killing its energy and excitement. So, yes, these songs are very fast and muscular, but they never become overwhelming to listen to.
The album starts to sound similar after a while, so it will probably take repeated listens to tell one track from another, but there are several highlights here. Some of the most notable moments include the blistering (but still groovey) guitars and thunderous drums of “Hang The Vermin”; the lengthy, melodic keyboard runs and catchy “Oooh, oooh” sing-along in “Gods Of War And Open Sores”; the impeccable double bass work in “Battle Cry”; the superbly rhythmic and hooky “The Beast The Cannot Be Fed”; the slower, ominous “Mutilated Cranial Orifice”; and the two closing blitzkriegs, “Hellfire” and “Bring On The Exodus,” which attack at breakneck speed, and are fueled by buzzsaw riffs and quickly thumping drums (plus, the latter track has a surprisingly slow ending when a cool piano enters the scene.)
It won’t change the face of music or convert any non-fans of this type of music, but “Devour The Power” is still a good and completely listenable album which makes for numerous enjoyable listening sessions, and is a great, promising start for Destroy Destroy Destroy.