Spiritual Genocide

Label: Nuclear Blast/Warner
Three similar bands:
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Spectres
02. The Watchmakers' Dream
03. Black Orchid
04. Where Clock Hands Freeze
05. Sleepwalking
06. Savior In The Clockwork
07. Invoke The Machine
08. What's Left Of Me
09. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Marcel 'Schmier' Schirmer - Vocals & Bass
Mike Sifringer - Guitar
Vaaver (Wawrzyniec Dramowicz) - Drums

Sentence of Death (1984)
Infernal Overkill (1985)
Eternal Devastation (1986)
Release from Agony (1988)
Cracked Brain (1990)
The Least Successful Human Cannonball (1998)
All Hell Breaks Loose (2000)
The Antichrist (2001)
Metal Discharge (2003)
Inventor of Evil (2005)
D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (2008)
Day of Reckoning (2011)

Björn - Vocals (backing)
Metti - Vocals (backing)
VO - Vocals (backing) (3, 5)
Inga - Vocals (backing) (3, 5)
Ol Drake - Guitars (lead)
Olly Kaiser - Drums (13), Vocals (backing) (3, 5)
Harry Wilkens - Guitars (lead) (13), Vocals (backing) (3, 5)
Tom Angelripper - Vocals (8)
Gerre - Vocals (8)

Recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany
Mike - Engineering (guitars, bass)
Gyula Havancsák - Cover art, Artwork
Martin Buchwalter - Engineering (vocals, drums)
Andy Classen - Mixing, Mastering
Kai Swillus - Photography

Released 2012-11-23
Reviewed 2013-05-01

nuclear blast

Thirteen albums, thirty years, they have an impressive amount of experience German thrash metallers of Destruction. Late last year their thirteenth album saw light of day and on the outside it looks quite favourable for the band in that it looks like an album by Destruction should look. We have reviewed them before and others have as well, this album has not been that impressively received but what does that really mean? probably that some fans feel cheated and wants things to be as they were. The thing is though that spiritual genocide isn’t that wrong, as that is what this album is, a spiritual genocide for the band and their fans.

This sounds typical of destruction, european heavy thrash metal with aggressive vocals and lots of power as well as speed. Nothing new, fancy or exciting in that regard. Well, that is not entirely true as the production is very modern, and has a quality feel to it. The songs are not that varied though so the album with its forty minutes of playing time feels a bit on the long side. Add to that the uninspired and frankly dull vocals by Schmier and you see that this album has a bit of an uphill climb to get past. I must say that they feel a bit old, maybe it is time for them to think of retirement. After all, the members have to be nearing the actual retirement age anyway, and to be over fifty years old and play thrash metal does not really match, does it? Sure you can be young at heart but judging from this album I don’t think that Destruction are, maybe arthritic.

Not that it is a bad album, just one that lacks all the really good stuff and is somewhat saved by a good production. I am not impressed, it is a boring album without spirit, without soul just a long drab greenish mess that just sort of is there without really making its presence noticed. Nothing grabs me with this album, maybe how tired and bored the singer sounds but that is something you soon forget. But really, where there no inspiration when writing the songs for this album?

Had it not been sounding so strong I would have given this album an even lower score but at least it sounds professional. At the same time it is hard to see who will get anything out of this album, I have my doubts about fans, music connoisseurs will definitely not. I think this is a tiring album, boring and without soul. I just wish albums like these reviewed themselves because it is really difficult to write about albums that doesn’t really do anything at all for you. I do think a retirement would be the best option for Destruction, it seems as though they have nothing left to offer.



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