Written by Alex Stojanovic
Born To Perish
Inspired By Death
Butchered For Life
Tyrants Of The Underworld
We Breed Evil
Fatal Flight 17
Hellbound (Bonus track)
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer - Vocals & bass / Mike Sifringer - Guitars / Randy Black - Drums / Damir Eskic - Guitars
The first thing that I will say is that after listening to the record, I think this is Destruction's best offering since Day Of Reckoning. The albums in between: Spiritual Genocide and Under Attack, certainly had great moments, but I felt that the production on those albums was missing the intensity that was present in the production on Day Of Reckoning. The production on Born To Perish may also not be at the same level of intensity as Day Of Reckoning and D.E.V.O.U.T.I.O.N, but it's certainly a step up from the last two. I'm not going to lie. Part of me wishes that they would work with Jacob Hansen again to get that really aggressive production and tone. The title track kicks this vicious thrash party off, and it sets the bar really high. It's without a doubt one of the album's highlight tracks. As we go on down the record, it becomes a roller coaster of tempos ranging from fast to mid-tempo to slow. The first three songs: "Born To Perish", "Inspired By Death" and "Betrayal" all make a great triple thrash attack to get the album started.
The tempo is pulled back on "Butchered For Life". A title like that creates the perception that it's going to be a fast and heavy number. While it's certainly not devoid of heaviness, it contains clean guitar sections, along with some softer vocals that still contain the rasp that Schmier is known for. His signature high-registered snarl still makes its presence known in this one, so fear not. If there's one thing Destruction is known for, that is "no ballads", but this could be the closest thing we'll get to a ballad from Destruction. However, I didn't think soft vocals with the rasp didn't quite work that well, but it was kind of cool to hear Schmier include some of those on a Destruction album after experimenting with it on his side projects.
The tempo picks back up on "Tyrants Of The Underworld". The galloping riff style is one of my favourite riffing styles, especially in a thrash sense, because then the riff gives off a lot of catchiness and groove while being played at a fast tempo. Mike Sifringer is one of the masters of that riffing style. The other track that is a highlight is "Fatal Flight 17", which talks about the 2014 Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down in the Ukraine. Once again, it's another song that's thrashy, yet catchy. The main riff is one of the best riffs found on the album. Aside from the slightly slower track "Butchered For Life", there's no experimentation to be found, so if you were expecting something completely different from Destruction, you aren't going to find it. However, Born To Perish is another quality release from one of the Big Teutonic 4, full of hooks, intensity and just downright awesome thrash!
Highs: "Born To Perish" and "Tyrants Of The Netherworld"
Lows: You aren't going to find much that's new on this album.