Deströyer 666 Album Review – Another Cult Album

Deströyer 666 albums are far and few between. The band is around since 1994 yet their newest record ‘Wildfire’ is only their fifth full-length album. Despite that fact, Deströyer 666 have gathered a strong following and have become somewhat of a cult band. The long wait for their fans is now finally over. It’s been seven years since their last album ‘Defiance’. Now the release of their new album ‘Wildfire’ is this week.

‘Wildfire’ starts with the up-tempo thrasher ‘Traitor’, a track that follows the tradition of Deströyer 666 with its menacing riffs, high-speed solos and aggressive vocals. ‘Live And Burn’ follows in the same style. So far there are no surprises. Deströyer 666 are still the punch in your face they used to be. This is straight forward, no-BS metal. The blackened thrash the bands lives and breathes is of course still influenced by the giants of the 80s. However, Deströyer 666 is not one of those nostalgic bands that just tries to recapture the glory days. The production of ‘Wildfire’ is state-of-the-art and powerful. All tracks are well-structured and written. The dark atmosphere that oozes out of every note the band plays elevates the album to a level beyond typical New Wave of Old-School Thrash Metal redundancies.

Deströyer 666 pushes forward throughout the entire album. The third track ‘Artiglio Del Diavolo’ is a short and punchy instrumental.  ‘Hounds at ya Back’ is the first song that turns down the speed – but only slightly. Instead, the song shines through the almost catchy shouted gang vocals. ‘Hymn to Dionysus’ is the blackest song on the album, actually it is an outright black metal track. The riffs are even more menacing and the vocals reach an even deeper abyss. Just to mix it up again the following title track ‘Wildfire’ is an up-tempo thrash headbanger, fast and in your face. ‘White Line Fever’ and ‘Die You Fucking Pig’ include again some more blackish elements before the band finishes the album with ‘Tamam Shud’, the most experimental and longest track on the album. ‘Tamam Shud’ starts as a slower black metal song, increases the intensity towards the middle part before it then drops into a more somewhat progressive part with melodic vocals. Deströyer 666 in 2016 can certainly take the foot off the pedal and still sound heavy.

‘Wildfire’ is the strong continuation from the well-received last album ‘Defiance’. The album is heavy, extremely dark and relentless. Deströyer 666 pounds through the nine songs with an intensity and aggression that is at an absolute top-level of modern extreme metal. The band achieves that without being ridiculously fast but with an exciting mix of old-school thrash metal references, an abyssal black atmosphere and a powerful production. ‘Wildfire’ cements Deströyer 666’s cult status and should help them gathering new fans. I just hope we don’t have to wait another seven years for the next album.

8.5/10