A World Destroyer

1. Human Nature
2. Taste of Destiny
3. A False Hope
4. The Final Judgement
5. Broken
6. Part of the System
7. No One Prevail
8. Cold Blood
9. Near The End
10. Kept in the Dark

Mikael Sehlin - Vocals
Anders Nyström - Guitar
David Szücs - Guitar
Michel Bärzén - Bass Guitar
Kenneth Helgesson – Drums

Till Death Do Us Apart (2008)
Out Of Body Experience (2009)


Recorded in Abyss Studios Ludvika, Sweden and Black Lounge Studios Pärlby
produced by Degradead and Jonas Kjellgren
Mixed by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios, Pärlby, Sweden.
Mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at Panic Room Mastering, Skövde, Sweden.

Released 27/5-2011
Reviewed 6/8-2011


A World Destroyer, that is a statement if anything, “this album is a world destroyer” but then again it might just be a title just like any other title. This band is said by Jesper Strömblad of In Flames to be the future of metal, I wonder what that means, are all other bands going to be destroyed along with the world and the only thing holding the metal genre up is one band because it is the only one that exist? I think such statements reveals a clear stupidity within the one saying them, no one band/artist can ever be the future of a genre, well maybe Rhapsody of Fire is the future of Epic Symphonic Hollywood Metal or Film Score Metal as it is also called, but made up super-sub genres is another thing.

No matter what they are and whatever future they are, they do play this ever more popular genre that has sprung from the Gothenburg death metal sub genre. It is the melodic death metal with both growls and clean vocals in symbiosis, kind of in the same vein as Scar Symmetry or Sonic Syndicate to name just two and then we have similarities with bands like In Flames or Dark Tranquility and those as well if you want lots of band references in a review. Degradead in difference to other young bands within the genre use only on vocalist to sing both kinds of vocals and not two like for instance Scar Symmetry which is a band they share producer with in Jonas Kjellgren and compared to Scar Symmetry Deagradead has a much heavier appearance musically. They are quite heavy while still maintaining a melodic side, they have a sound that suit the songs of the album rather well. A World Destroyer is the band’s third album since the debut in 2008 and it features ten tracks that will take about forty minutes to play through, a good length in theory.

So what about them then, are they as fantastic as promo information want you to think? Simple answer is no, but there are glimpses of geniality in the tracks ranging from five to seven which are absolutely brilliant and amongst the best you can hear in the genre, much like Scar Symmetry’s opening track of their latest album to name a track to compare with. But just like Scar Symmetry not all tracks are of this quality but unlike Scar Symmetry the ones that are not fantastic does not feel like decent enough filler tracks. The opening track called Human Nature is so bad that it actually prevented me from playing the album for a long time. And it illustrates the problem with this album really well, the quality of the songs are just all over the place ranging from terrible to absolutely stunning, so how can one put an overall rating on such an album? maybe one can’t.

I have thought and listened extensively and come to a conclusion that the album is in general good, most tracks are good or better, mainly the first is really terrible and should really be flushed down nearest toilet but that might make you liable for environmental damages. And then there are one or two more stinkers so it feels in the end that they balance each others out, maybe with a slight edge towards the really good but not enough for me to put a five H rating on the album, it is good but not that good and let down by some terrible music that spoils the good feelings one gets when the band reach their climax in the middle of the record.

So, ranging from bloody awful to absolutely fantastic, A World Destroyer ends up being a good album but I don’t think it will ever destroy the world unless the chinese are hired to produce billions of them, then maybe they can create some damage. Clearly an album to look into though, especially if you like the genre.


Label: Metalville/Flying Dolphin Entertainment
Three similar bands: In Flames/Scar Symmetry/Sonic Syndicate
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm