Devastator - _Infernal Devastation_
by: T. DePalma (4 out of 5)
Florida based Devastator play a combination of black/thrash that shapes itself from the cross-mutated influence of South American and German metal. The five tracks on this demo take time to digest; a quality that is probably due more to the state of the "production" than the actual structure of the music. Simplistic and catchy, if Kreator had sounded as inelegant as early Sodom or Sarcofago this would be the result. Analog recording thins out the guitars too much, but the drumming sustains a heavy quality in stomping combination with the feral snarl of the vocals, as the riffs frequently become engulfed in an avalanche of static. Despite the challenging aspects of demo audibility, the content of this release is on par with any of the better blackened thrash bands like Alastor or Witchtrap, and I eagerly await a professional full-length.


(article published 3/9/2004)

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