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Destructatron - EP Review: Rise of Destructatron

15 Feb 2018 // A review by Matt Mutinous

Countdown... to... the rise of Destructatron!

Hamilton lads Destructatron have long been planning the overthrow of humanity. Releasing two singles in their first year, putting themselves forward as one of NZ metals rising attractions, hammering the north island circuit with there unmistakable live performances playing with some of the biggest names from all over the country.

The sound of metal on metal with a backdrop of gunfire and war, we are introduced to the EP with an airy cocktail of special effects that really pulls us in and reinforces the idealism of a robot apocalypse. A definite trademark and theme that has made this band a solid stand out, among their fellow acts.

Ripping us straight into extinction is After the Blast, with its teeth grinding guitar and savage vocals leaving us vaporized in our seats. The perfect way to kick into the EP this song flies like a barrage of missiles straight toward us, dealing a fatal blow to the world as we know it. The elaborate production bearing no mercy on the human ear.

“Humanity is a temporary problem, Destructatron is a permanent solution” By now we've realised true threat with the huge bottom end of drums and bass pounding away like tidal waves on a mountain. Crave the Haste gives us great examples of the bands potential and showcases each instrument with pride. Vocal lashings from the talented Alan Gregson set the bar high and pepper the track perfectly.

The explosiveness of Solutions hits hard and just doesn't stop biting. Dynamic back and fourths with a grinding groove offer the listener no escape. Pig squeals seal the deal and we are cast off into a massive drop, drowning us in heaviness. Synthetic Salvation rips us back to the surface for a brief moment with its fast-paced riff work and barking vocals. Before destroying us between a vice of rapid double kick and sawing bass.

Added into the mix as bonus tracks are the two previously released singles, Castles and fan favourite, Stoned to Death. A nice touch to complete the record, ensuring that this particular era of the band is locked in one spot. On point production enabling them to absorb into the sound of this EP as a whole.

A smart move for the band and undeniably one of the biggest sounds in the business, Destructatron has made a very valid point with this record and it tells us that these guys are here to stay, an act to keep a very close eye on as they make their way into New Zealand metal history.

5 stars
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Review written by Matt Mutinous


About Destructatron

Not aiming for any specific genre, but influenced by death, thrash, groove, tech, core and more. Destructatron aimed to bring a crushing live set of neck breaking, mosh inciting tunes, assimilate the masses and assert his dominance over this world of puny earthlings.

Destructatron disbanded in early 2019.

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Rise of Destructatron
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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