If looking for some old school thrash inspired by the genre’s founders then the debut album from Portuguese metallers Atomik Destruktor is the perfect offering to get your teeth in to. Influenced by the likes of Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, Metallica, Slayer, Exodus…well you get the picture, the Braga quintet is straight down the line thrash metal but with an attitude and creativity which makes their release much more than expectations filling. Explosive and suitably aggressive, it is full-on enjoyment with a great anthemic presence, a mix which always goes down a treat.
Atomik Destruktor began in 2007, formed by three high school friends in vocalist Turtle, guitarist Gibson, and drummer Jota, with second guitarist Pedraça straight away brought into the band too. The departure of Turtle saw bassist Marco joining up alongside vocalist Paulo Thrasher, but it was only a few months later that the latter left and the returning Turtle completed the now in place line-up. 2008 saw the band ventured into the live scene and the following year the release of the Destroy, Disagree & Disrespect demo. In 2011 the band entered Grave Studios to record their first album. With live shows also going on, its recording took a long time to complete but finally it gets it’s unveiling via Helldprod Records, providing a fierce, volatile, and thoroughly enjoyable outing for thrash fans.
The album opens with Atomic Destruction, its initial touch samples within a distant but swiftly brewing web of guitar enterprise. They swiftly confront ears in full volume and tenacity though as riffs become a fiery and inviting incitement matched by jabbing beats and a meaty bassline. Top gear is soon locked in, the band charging with spicy grooves and rabid riffs across the senses and into a quickly greedy appetite. Turtles’ vocals are antagonistic and raw, the perfect fit for the erosive energy and driving riffery fuelling the highly agreeable encounter. Backing vocal calls and sharp hooks certainly hold no surprises, as the rest of the track in many ways, yet it matters little in the contagious and accomplished persuasion of the excellent song.
A great start is matched by the following Attack of the Virus where again riffs and rhythms collude with ripe vocal bait to create a virulent slab of thrash addictiveness. Those earlier mentions influences are heard across song and of course album, extra colour to the infectious exploits of the band. A hostile swagger and enticing grooves unite to create a bruising march on the senses whilst a spicy sonic guitar solo towards the song’s end, is a moment revealing more of the skill and imagination of the band.
Comatose next is anything but, an explosive and hungry surge of nagging riffs and vicious rhythms stoked further by the angry tones of Turtle, whilst the album’s title track roams the senses with niggling infectiousness and bracing ferocity. Both also expel moments of inventive melodic acidity and uncompromising sonic intrusiveness which only captivates as it stirs up the already turbulent landscapes of the songs. The same again applies to the excellent Phantom City, its bruising and intensive assault, though less violent than the previous two, comes with tasty veins of imaginative grooving and searing individual endeavour courtesy of the guitars.
No song is anything less than vehement rhythmically, though that element is never short of imagination, and in basslines a constant offer of primal temptation, as found in the blistering confrontation almost punk like of Merciless Squad and after, the barbarous War Machine. Both as you would expect are loaded with anthemic persuasion and raw power, though the latter feels like a barrage of the most brutal armoury at the band’s creative disposal.
The same kind of extreme viciousness soaks final track DxDxD too, though it infuses its attack with hardcore attitude and punk energy for quite simply a mouth-watering riot of rock ‘n’ roll. It provides a thrilling end to a great encounter. Originality is at a premium but for unbridled fun and exhaustingly accomplished thrash metal Unnatural Disorder is a triumph all should take a romp with.
Unnatural Disorder is available from April 30th via Helldprod Records, digitally at https://atomikdestruktor.bandcamp.com/album/unnatural-disorder
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