A Means To No End - Destrage
- Release date:
- October 21, 2016
- Metal Blade
A different angle on the established genre
Destrage manages to add a new feel to the modern progressive metal, but so innovative it is not. A new combination of familiar music, which at times becomes too chaotic. The sound quality is okay, and quality permeates the record, which shows that Destrage is an important european player in the djent movement. The album gets 8/10 rattling skulls and an undisputed place as the best southern european djent release of the year, I have been witness to.
Aggressive attitude and advanced rhythms hit straight in the solar plexus
Italy's contribution to the djent-wave
Djent movement has in recent years made its mark on the progressive metal and is now about to be established in the field of heavy music. So well-established that you can regularly enjoy concerts in Denmark with the most british - or american-based pioneers. And so well-established that the binary tunes now also be played way down in Southern europe. Here, give Italian Destrages downtuned guitars namely resonate. The band are current with their fourth release, A Means to No End – an album that maybe has what it takes to get knocked one of metallens udkantslande into the modern metalscene.
Gangsters from Milan
For the new listener the music can be best described as Dream Theater meets Meshuggah, which might not evoke so much surprise, when the term djent is used. What makes Destrage unique, is the vocals. The high-pitched scream mixed with a hip hop-esque tone of voice, that pulls the threads to the alternative 90's-metal. Slow pieces with progressive akkordgange and beautiful song interrupted by aggressive bjæffen and deep growls. You will find a unique combination of elements from familiar genres on A Means to No End, which let Italy take its place in the djent environment.
The chaos may, however, also be the song weakness. The album's context, can be a little hard to get a grip on the with the hip'ed vocals, the Italian roots and the complex progressive music. Three widely different directions, as Destrage trying to collect, which can feel a bit rodløst. We are the gangsters of New York, as the number "Blah Blah" could indicate, or groover, we are in a moshpit to "Don't Stare To The Edge"?
Once you have become accustomed to, to Destrage smashing the cultural borders, you can however look forward to a collection of well-produced and composed the songs. Right from the aggressive and groovy hits like "Symphony Of The Ego" to the quiet, almost country-esque number "A Promise, A Debt" is that nice sound. The more professional the sound is the clearest difference between A Means to No End and previous albums.
>> Check the songs and lyrics here