Destruction : Thrash Anthems II

We do love a bit of Thrash here at CB, and after a couple of awesome shows in 2017 we’re more in love with Destruction than ever. It’s been a decade since the first Thrash Anthems saw them revisit some of their classics and give them a bit of spit and polish. We loved it but, as with every album of this type, it led to the inevitable “why didn’t they include xxxx” type conversations.

Well some of the gaps have been filled in by Thrash Anthems II, the second instalment of Destruction’s revisit to their youth. They describe this as a “re-animation of classic 80s Destruction material”, with modern studio techniques and recording equipment bringing the sound band up to date.

Not that we thought there was anything wrong with it as it was. Some of the reworking on here will undeniably divide opinion, especially from the 80s purists, but given Destructions penchant for a killer tune the old “test of time” has been more than stood with classics like

The band originally went down the pledge music route because, initially, Nuclear Blast didn’t want the album but the fans clearly did. How much did they want it? Well the pledge campaign battered through the target hitting 121% thanks to goodies like an original 80s bass or (if you have the space) the band’s massive stage backdrop. If you wanted to get your hands on a real piece of Thrash Metal history then there’s no better way. In return the fans got to pick the setlist, which makes this less of a greatest hits than Vol. 1.

Once again the band have drawn on material spanning (more or less) two decades, with old school classics like Dissatisfied Existence rubbing shoulders with under-appreciated gems from the early 00’s like the aforementioned Antichrist and Frontbeast. The tracks on here have been tweaked by varying amounts to give the album a consistent, cohesive sound regardless of the original era or line up. For the most part this reworking has, well, worked. It doesn’t take anything away from the originals, if anything it just goes to demonstrate why they’re regarded as classics. Throw in guest appearances by various Destruction alumni and what you’re left with is a celebration of the past with one eye on the future.

If you’re a fan of Destruction then you probably have all this stuff, or you’ll hate this tampering with history, whatever. For me even if you knew nothing of Destruction and their heritage and take this album as a stand alone effort it’s as fresh, vibrant and bang-your-head heavy as anything todays thrashers are unleashing.

And that’s why you should go out and buy it.