Deströyer 666 - _Terror Abraxas_
(Iron Pegasus, 2003)
by: Matthias Noll (8.5 out of 10)
Judging by _Terror Abraxas_, Destroyer 666 have not yet peaked with 2002's excellent _Cold Steel... for an Iron Age_. A band that is able to release such a killer EP in between albums surely must have another couple of aces up their sleeves. Stylistically _Terror Abraxas_ continues in the vein of _CSfaIA_ and offers 22 minutes of the same brand of raw, sometimes thrashing and raging, sometimes anthemic leather, chains and spikes METAL. Razor, old Judas Priest, old Slayer, the Brazilian old-school and many others provide the anvil on which Destroyer 666 forge their steel. Clearly in possession of a style of their own, KK Warslut and Shrapnel have further refined their attack while also honing their songwriting skills -- all without compromising one inch or showing signs of stagnation. I can't really name another band that manages to fill the gap between the harsher side of things and the positive aspects of traditional metal as successfully as Destroyer 666 does. "Fist Banging Mania" by SOD was meant to be a joke about typical metalhead behaviour; yet there's nothing funny about a fist banging mania when listening to a track like "Terror" -- in fact, there's absolutely no other behaviour imaginable.

(article published 5/5/2003)

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