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'The Arts Of Destruction'
(Metal Blade Records)
Release Date: 27th February 2012

Jools Green

jools green

desaster the arts of destruction

In my opinion, Desaster have not received half the recognition they deserve. These guys are awesome! They should be in every Metalhead's CD collection, yet the Teutonic Black Thrash Metallers seem to have been Koblenz's best kept secret. They have been together since 1988 and 'The Arts Of Destruction' is their seventh full length album but you can add to that, an extensive back catalogue of over 20 releases in the form of demos, split releases, tapes and singles.

The band take their name from the Destruction song 'Total Desaster' so no, it's not a typo. The current line-up consists of Infernal on Guitars, who is the only original member, Odin on Bass, Tormentor on drums and Sataniac on vocals.

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Follow up to the excellent previous studio album, 'Satan's Soldier's Syndicate'(2007), 'The Arts Of Destruction' is eleven head crushing tracks of raw vocals, sharp riffs and pounding drums and is guaranteed to keep you head banging from start to finish.

The 'Intro' opens with a tolling bell and pounding drum beats, building atmosphere before breaking into the title track 'The Arts Of Destruction', classic Black Metal, Sataniac opening with his sinister laugh before breaking into his raw, trademark vocals.

'Lacerate With Hands Of Doom' is a thrashier number, as is 'Splendour Of The Idols' which opens with blackened guitars before developing into a face ripper of a track. I love 'Phantom Funeral' just for the exotic eastern style guitars. Layer over the top the raw moaning vocals and you have an absolute winner.

The Blackened Thrash of 'Beyond Your Grace' contains sinister laughter and screams to embellish the vocals throughout from Sataniac. Ending with 'Outro', a beautiful, haunting almost saddening instrumental, I defy you to not hit the play button again. I did.

I don't really have a favourite track because it is hard to choose from so many excellent songs but at over eight minutes in length, the epic award goes to 'Possessed And Defiled'. This seems long but it's a slow building track, opening with slower, haunting guitars which gradually become faster and then the vocals kick in. There are a lot of tempo change too and this helps to keep the mind interested and by the end you have this feeling that you have undertaken quite a journey.

'The Arts Of Destruction' was recorded at ToxoMusic Studios, mastered by Temple of Disharmony and available for you to buy and enjoy on February 27th. Go on, you know you want to!!




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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