Destruction, Heathen, Warbeast, Art of the Flesh, Souls Demise, Savagery | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Destruction, Heathen, Warbeast, Art of the Flesh, Souls Demise, Savagery 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., May 5, 7 p.m. 2011

Destruction helped pioneer thrash metal (and by extension death metal) back in the early 80s, when a New Wave of German Heavy Metal arose that could've become as dominant as the British one a few years earlier—sadly, it didn't, though Destruction and their peers Kreator and Sodom were nonetheless hugely influential. The band recently released their first studio album in three years, Day of Reckoning (Nuclear Blast)—with their fifth drummer, Vaaver, making his first appearance—and I'm not going to be able to put it down for a while. It's fast and brutal for sure, but also a little bit fast 'n' bulbous, if you follow me. One doesn't usually look to thrash for the kind of musical surprises that make heshers stop windmilling their hair and prick up their ears, but there's a fair amount of wit and playfulness here—the swift, weirdly Big Black-ish breakdown in "Armageddonizer," for instance, is cooled off by a wet swirl of guitars that works like sulfuric acid. Not every track is a home run, but if your idea of a respite between explosions is a reliable, banging riff (mine is), Day of Reckoning won't let your buzz fade. Oh, and the limited edition has a faithful, face-melting cover of Dio's "Stand Up and Shout." 17+ —Monica Kendrick

Price: $20, $17 in advance

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