With their fourteenth release Under Attack, German thrash legends Destruction continue doing what they started way back in 1985, and that is delivering neck-snapping metal long on frantic speed and plenty of attitude. Stylistically speaking, Under Attack doesn't deviate from the formula they've perfected for the last 30 years, but there seems to be a greater sense of melody injected in these nine new songs, plus a heavier emphasis on groove, which for some fans will be a welcome surprise. "Second to None" and the raging title track contain some ferocious riffing and blazing solos from the always impressive Mike, with Vaaver's drums rumbling underneath and Schmier's booming bass & high pitched squeals ever present. Other cuts like "Generation Nevermore", "Getting Used to the Evil", and especially "Conductor of the Void" offer up blistering thrash yet each remains highly melodic, not only the overall arrangements but also the vocal melodies (as aggressive as they are!) and guitar riffs. There's a reason why Destruction, along with Kreator, Sodom, and Tankard, have been leaders of the German thrash scene for so many years, and the proof is right here. A tune like "Stand Up For What You Deliver" could even give some of the veteran Bay Area band a run for their money with its killer riff, shredding solos, and raunchy hook.
As someone who has been following Destruction since the very beginning, it never ceases to amaze me how they just keep pumping out one solid release after another. Sure, some have been more successful than others, but Under Attack is quite solid and definitely worthy of your attention.
1 Under Attack
2 Generation Nevermore
4 Getting Used to the Evil
6 Elegant Pigs
7 Second to None
8 Stand Up for What You Deliver
9 Conductor of the Void