Desaster - _Stormbringer_
(Merciless Records, 1997)
by: Henry Akeley (8 out of 10)
Lieben sie das Metall "Thrash"? Ach! Gut!! Then you will love Desaster, and Desaster will kicken your Arsch, Kreator style. Especially on "Tormentor". Holy Ventor - this song sounds as if it was taken right off of _Endless Pain_! Actually... it is taken from that album, but Desaster's cover version fits in quite seamlessly with their surrounding originals, such is the extent of this band's debt to the four Altenessen headbangers. (Another squadron of celebrity old-timers, namely Destruction, would appear to be the source of alternative spelling inspiration.) Stomping, chunky old thrash this is - and damn well played, too. It's the kind of music that makes you think, "You know, if I just had a halberd or a catapult right now - dammit, I could change the world!" I suppose the medieval aspect of this wondrous sonic fantasy of mine derives from the very tasteful medieval metal riffs which occasionally complement Desaster's quite sharp old-school axe attack. The production is great, and the vocals have that essential schnapps-for-breakfast sneer that proudly says "Made in Deutschland." _Stormbringer_ is a mini-CD with six songs, twenty-one minutes in length. Of the retro bands I've heard, Desaster are my pick for the most authentic-sounding and energetically enjoyable of the lot. I'd give it two thumbs up - but I can't physically perform that gesture until I get out of this plate mail and into some denim and leather. Hey - where are my goddamn high tops?! Auf Wiedersehen!

(article published 16/10/1997)

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