“Day Of Reckoning” is the 11th studio album by the German thrash-metal band Destruction. It’s also the debut of their new drummer Vaaver. The thrash-metal veterans decided to give the album a bit of a different approach compared to their 2008 record “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.” with intentions to satisfy the old-school Destruction fans.
The album is definitely worth listening to. “Day Of Reckoning” begins with “The Price” which kicks off with Mike Sifringer’s classic guitar riffs and drumming on the behalf of Vaaver who does not have a problem filling in Marc Reign’s shoes. Schmier’s vocal strength is just as prominent as in “D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.”.
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“Armageddonizer” is a good example of Schmier’s voice. It’s a great track without any obvious elements of going “back to the roots”. Now after listening to “Devil’s Advocate” I was convinced that the album was going to have some nostalgic sounding moments. As soon as Schmier yells “sold your soul to the devil!” you’ll be reminded of vintage Destruction with Mike Sifringer’s lead-guitar melody.
Old and new fans will head-bang to this album and acknowledge the effort made in restoring the old-school sound, just a bit. A song that I’ve been waiting to talk about is “Church Of Disgust”. The chorus is catchy, the riffs are traditional sounding and even the solo does justice. If you’re wanting some Destruction in your diet and you’re looking for a decent thrash-metal fix then “Day Of Reckoning” is definitely worth picking up. This album will have you anticipating more material from them in the future.