Before we get to the album, a series of questions…
Do you like your album art black, white, and red?
Do you renounce the name of Jesus Christ?
Do you pray nightly for total destruction of mankind?
DO YOU LIKE BLASTBEATS, MOTHERFUCKER?!
If the answer to all four of these is “yes,” then right off the bat you probably already know what to expect from the album art above. Ecuador’s Destroyer Attack bring forth an onslaught of war-inducing black/death on their sophomore release, Solve Et Coagula.
Destroyer Attack do break the mold a bit, kicking off with a high-energy instrumental number to inspire the uncontrollable violent urges required to enjoy such a work. The cleaner production is instantly noted. While clear, it doesn’t take away from the grime of the sound. Destroyer Attack aren’t hiding behind a barrier of eerie atmosphere either; the riffs are front and center. This makes the record an enjoyable, throw-on-and-go-nuts album, full of headbanging, fist-clenching fury. Take, for example, the third track: “Black Poison Rebirth” contains a driving d-beat section that will have any bald dude with a Blasphemy back patch swinging his imaginary hair back and forth in a frenzy. The furor of mid-range tremolo picking seems to never relent. Screaming solos occasionally cut through, peppering Solve Et Coagula with a bit of variation and spice that cuts through the sweltering barrage of war metal like projectiles screaming down from an apocalyptic skyline.
There aren’t a whole lot of surprises as the record continues to unfold, but the listener can expect to get exactly what they bargained for. Tracks like “Ectoplasm” and “Necromancy From The Tomb Of The Witch” help to solidify an already strong latter half of the album; Destroyer Attack refuse to let any weakness show as they pummel their way through the album’s 37 minutes. Sure, there isn’t a whole lot of variation from genre norms here, but Solve Et Coagula doesn’t need to be progressive. It just beats the band’s brand of black/death metal into the listener without hesitation or restraint.