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The Antichrist

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Throwdown have been the Orange County, California hardcore scene’s flagship band since 1997, grabbing the torch lit by the seminal OC punk bands of the ‘80s and early ‘90s and carrying it to heretofore uncharted heights. Over the years they’ve shared members with Eighteen Visions, Death By Stereo and Bleeding Through, emerging first as a pile-up inciting joke band (yeah, yeah what’s in a name?) but quickly developing into one of the most potent and vital bands in the worldwide hardcore landscape. What’s allowed Throwdown to persist and endure is the urgency of their music and a fiercely loyal dedication to their relationships with their friends, their fans and each other. They called one record ”You Don’t Have To Be Blood To Be Family” and they meant it. This is their lives, this is their blood, and this is, truly, their family. ”Haymaker” will undoubtedly become the next pre-game soundtrack to the live-setting. A Throwdown show is a sweaty display of solidarity between brothers and sisters, united through their diversity and a celebration of independent thought free from mainstream constraints. The band smiles and laughs as the pent up frustrations from the daily grind, the 9-to-5, the dark and confusing times in which we live, are unleashed in cathartic release. Throwdown is a bludgeoning force to be sure, but one put to good use. Get the record, learn the words, head out to the show and get yourself… ”In The Family.”

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  • Hmm, I just got this and have played it about 10 times (not exaggerated) the first day. It is very very good! New Thrash from Germany. In particular this CD has great application in the gym. For a three piece band they have a thick heavy sound. Not too fast (a positive IMHO), good vocals, and some nice screaming guitar work. Thrash fans should get this…now! Top songs include “Nailed to the Cross”, “Dictators of Cruelty”, and “Let your mind rot”.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It is very seldom on a new album that every song is good–this being one of the few exceptions. At least Destruction have stayed to their roots and compiled another thrash album. Great guitars, everything is great for a three member band. These guys are one of the few remaining bands that are still coming out with great records.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • With my Thrash hangover just now receding from last year’s return, German legends DESTRUCTION have struck again. I would have expected to wait another 6 months or so for these grand old men of Thrash to give us another run at it but lo and behold, the trio have churned out another memorable piece of Metal migraine material. A disc full 11 new tracks, a shot of whiskey and some padded walls to bounce off of; the latter two don’t come with the disc but they ought to because DESTRUCTION have lived up to everyone’s expectations and created an even better album than the last. Don’t ya just love these guys? The Antichrist is exactly what one would anticipate after All Hell Breaks Loose. There is absolutely no let up in fury this time around in case a few of you had the idea that perhaps the bands original members were graying at the temples and considering become a kinder, gentler type of Metal band. In fact, The Antichrist is an even more forceful and thuggish effort and the band’s most violently executed to date. The anger behind the music is the method to their madness it seems. An improved, more cohesive production and a stronger emphasis on pure, unchecked aggression is what The Antichrist is all about. A high degree of intensity accompanies most tracks on this disc, among the most virulent being the opener “Thrash Till Death” (only DESTRUCTION could get away with a song title like this!), the very nasty “Nailed To The Cross”, “Bullets From Hell”, the classic “Godfather Of Slander” and “Creations Of The Underworld”. These tracks alone should turn casual DESTRUCTION listeners into hardcore addicts. Ears bleed profusely from violently catatonic riffs, crashing drum slams, and Lord Schmier’s hateful shrieks. The man is quite literally at his most psychotic. The riffs that drive this beast are some of DESTRUCTION’s best since Infernal Overkill, an album that embodied the true meaning of Thrash guitar! Even the leadwork itself is at its pinnacle and most fans will find a hard time remembering when DESTRUCTION sounded this good. The Antichrist is just a crushing tirade of blistering, vintage Thrash. This album further bolsters the pride I have knowing I was listening to this band’s music as far back as 1984. God, I’m old…. One gets the impression that DESTRUCTION were out to prove to the world that last year’s comeback was not just a little tap on the shoulder to remind you that they’d returned but a steel pipe bludgeoning designed to send a clear message that DESTRUCTION still dominate the Euro-Thrash scene. There shall be some hefty fighting at the top with KREATOR and SODOM eyeing the throne. What an amazing year from all three German bands who seem to have been aware of each others efforts and were bent on seeing who would turn out the most memorable. So far my vote is with this one.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Awesome cd. Where Metallica whimped out. Destruction continued with the thrash metal assault. I recently ordered Cracked Brain and I’m sure I will not be disappointed.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • here! I’m listening to this album right now and I’m reminded of the good ‘ol days when thrash metal ruled the scene. Antichrist is without a doubt one of the best thrash albums since 1990. My favorite songs on this one would be the “Dictators of Cruelty”, “Thrash Till Death”, “Bullets From Hell” and “Heretic.” If you’re looking for a good thrash album, you should most definitely get this one. No fan of thrash metal should go on without this one.

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now