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Destructor - Sonic Bullet 2003 Auburn Records reviewed by: EC

Track Listing
1.Sonic Bullet
2.Heavy Artillery
3.Silent Enemy
4.Blackest Night
5.Master Of The Universe
6.G-Force
7.The Triangle
8.Pounding Evil (Live)
9.Iron Curtain (Live)
"Sonic Bullet" is the perfect album title for Destructor's second album, the long anticipated follow-up to the group's 1985 debut, "Maximum Destruction". Just like a "sonic bullet", Destructor's sophomore effort is one helluva rampage, a speedy soundwave that absolutely crushes everything.

Taking its cue from the early sounds of Overkill and Exciter, these Ohio natives storm through nine heavy tracks of 80s annihilation. One can't really call this a reunion album, since Destructor never technically left the scene, they simply just waited twelve years to record their second album. Auburn Records has came aboard to help Destructor out, serving up a nicely packaged album that really runs like a long playing EP.

"Sonic Bullet" features six new cuts, with two live tracks thrown in at the end, one being the band's concert favorite "Pounding Evil", and the second one being "Iron Curtain". A cover of Hawkwind's "Master Of The Universe" is thrown in the mix as well.

Fans of early US power metal will find plenty to like here, with all six cuts written around the nostalgia that is the 80s. Vocalist Dave Overkill (I'm not kidding) leads the furious charge, leading Destructor on a seek and destroy mission, delivering a fine kick in the ass to the new heap of power metal fans. Tracks like "Blackest Night" and "Heavy Artillery" just rage with blistering speed, answering the call with all guitars screaming for the heavens. Overkill's voice is in full command, sounding like a cross between Bobby Blitz and Anthrax's Neil Turbin.

The title track proves to be the catchiest tune on the record, a great scorching opener that just seems to zip by. "Silent Enemy" is a slower, doomier number, while "G-Force" steamrolls by like prime Anvil.

Destructor have created a heavy, snarling beast with this album, and I sincerely hope they won't wait as long for a third record. Auburn Records' website lists a new Destructor album for 2005, so I am waiting anxiously for another slab of prime 80s styled metal. These guys are truly the underground sensation that the US seems to really thrive off of.


Cheers to Destructor for pounding evil!


--EC 07.16.04
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2003
Eric Compton8/4/2004


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