Reviews Bleak Fragments

“Complex and well executed.”

Bleak Fragments album to be released on 18 March 2016 Mosher Records. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the dual guitar parts. Complex and well executed. The solos rip. Fast, melodic and intense. A great production, powerful drums, heavy bass tone and heavy guitar distortion. There is also some epic keyboard parts. For example, in the track “Hollow Words”, you can hear some epic keys that are reminiscent of Fleshgod Apocalypse or Children Of Bodom. The band also does creative transitions from fast and brutal to melodic without much effort. You can hear some interesting change ups in the song “Hate Through Violence”, not the best title but the music works perfectly and offers a variety of elaborate song structures reminding me of the band Death. Another strong contender that should be mentioned is the title track “Bleak Fragments”, many complicated arrangements hit the senses but are catchy and memorable. The bass player does a lot of intense riffing too, which is awesome to hear on an album. It adds an extra dimension to all the maniacal progressions we hear in this opus.

In conclusion, if you like your metal progressive, melodic with many twist and turns, then this is the album for you.

“They have the ability to create a genuine atmospheric sound that gives them an edge over many of the other bands in the genre.”

Rating: 9/10

I listen to a lot of death metal and I have to admit that after awhile, many of the bands sound a lot alike. But, that’s not the case with the latest release called Bleak Fragments by the band Destroyers Of All. Oh sure, they have that familiar death metal sound at times, but there’s also a lot of interesting changes in direction and unique sounds incorporated here. Obviously talented musicians, they have decided to create an album in more of a progressive sounding direction than just following the same old formula. On the first track, From Ashes To Reborn they open with an ominous sounding intro and continue seamlessly straight into Hollow Words which is one of the best tracks on the album. They have the ability to create a genuine atmospheric sound that gives them an edge over many of the other bands in the genre. They take the songwriting to a new technical level which also provides a great backbone for the thrashing riffs and pummeling drum and bass. The more that I listen to this album repeatedly, the better it gets. And that’s always the sign of a good album. Check out the track Hate Through Violence. It’s also one of the outstanding songs that really showcase the talent of Destroyers Of All. I give this 9 out of 10 stars because they have created a great album that doesn’t always tread over the same area as those who have come before them.

“…não temos mais que esperar por um segundo álbum para sabermos que são um dos grandes (e novos) valores nacionais.”

Rating: 9/10

Os conimbricenses Destroyers Of All chamaram atenção com o seu EP “Into The Fire”, lançado já em 2013 (o tempo voa), revelando uma banda que apesar de assentar o seu som no thrash bruto, tinha apetência para ir muito mais longe. É certo que nesse dito EP, essa vontade não se materializou de uma forma totalmente madura, mas o potencial (mais que muito e inegável) estava lá. Agora, três anos depois e depois de alguma expectativa, eis que surge o álbum de estreia, “Bleak Fragments”.

A primeira coisa a assinalar é que a produção está fortíssima. A intro “From Ashes Reborn” abre este álbum com um sabor clássico e old school que é muitíssimo bem apreciado. O tema que se segue e o primeiro a sério, “Hoolow Words” surge com uma variedade surpreendente. Aquilo que dissemos (e sentimos) quando analisámos “Into The Fire”, é algo palpável: Os Destroyers Of All evoluíram para muito além do simples death/thrash moderno e poderoso. A banda demonstra uma apetência para arranjos mais ricos e diversos, não tendo receio de entrar nos domínios do sinfónico e do progressivo.

E este é o momento em que o leitor fica (potencialmente) confundido. “Então mas os gajos agora são sinfónicoprogressivos?”

Não, apenas dotaram a sua música de uma maior riqueza a nível de arranjos, o que faz com que os temas possam ter uma maior longevidade. Potencialmente. Qual o grande risco aqui? É que as músicas tentem ir a todo o lado e acabem por não chegar a lado nenhum. Felizmente não é o que acontece aqui, de todo. Além desta diversidade de influências (ouçam a “Speed Of Mind” para perceberem o que se quer dizer com isto), do conceito lírico rico, a banda de Coimbra ainda nos apresenta verdadeiras malhas às quais é impossível de ficar indiferente – “Death Healer” é um malhão a destacar aqui ou em qualquer outro lado.

Sendo assim, este primeiro álbum, ao contrário do EP não promete nada para um futuro hipotético. A banda mostra ainda capacidade de evolução (mal seria se ao primeiro álbum desse indicação de que o seu caminho teria chegado ao final) mas evidencia agora que não temos mais que esperar por um segundo álbum para sabermos que são um dos grandes (e novos) valores nacionais.

“The band’s love for concepts and detail shines through in every song.”

Rating: 9/10

Destroyers of All, a prog-death metal band founded in Coimbra, Portugal in 2011, made their first impression in the metal scene in 2013 with their EP ‘Into the Fire’. They are now ready with their upcoming debut album ‘Bleak Fragments’. Promoters say that they play a blend of diverse styles ranging from thrash, death and even black metal, to hard rock and progressive metal. This sounded very interesting to me, so I was excited to listen to this album.

In my opinion, if you need more than one or two listening sessions to like a record and understand the music, it’s a good and interesting one. I have to admit: When I listened to the record for the first time, I wasn’t impressed by the band. There were a few nice elements in there, but I didn’t know what to think about them. A few more listens later though, I was enraptured with the record. In time, I nodded to the groovy riffs or catchy melodies, opened my eyes about the technical skills and ideas of the musicians, and smiled at the craziness in some song parts.

The band’s love for concepts and detail shines through in every song. Destroyers of All’s recently released single “Death Healer” is a good song, but isn’t the best one. The first two tracks “From Ashes Reborn” and “Hollow Words” drive a steamroller in your head with their thrashy riffs, catchy lead guitar, solos, fine keyboard/orchestral arrangement, and all this influenced by a wisp of melancholy. This applies to many of their songs, along with the little details in them, like the dissonant second guitar in the verses of “Hate Though Violence”. The songs on ‘Bleak Fragments’ has some mad progressive stuff inside, too; the second half of “Speed of Mind” in particular is crazy as f… ehm… flash! It includes technical, high-minded melodies, uncommon changes in cadence, and little short of an avant-garde part with saxophone. I want to make a special mention of the song “Tormento”; I reckon that they wanted to add their native music here, since it includes a Mediterranean acoustic guitar and a very powerful and lovely chorus.

The sound of the distorted guitars seem a bit powerless in a few parts of the record, and the cymbals of the drums could be a bit catchier so. The instruments have been finely mixed in the record though; the vocals are clear, the guitars suit the atmosphere, and the drums support the other instruments, but I was very impressed by the bass guitar sound and its riffs!

Let’s get back to that exquisite description of Destroyers of All’s music by their promoters. Valid mixture of death, thrash and progressive metal? Hell yeah! Hard rock influence? Maybe. Black Metal? No, just no.

But Destroyers of All have shown that they’re able to compose very good songs with many, many different influences. ‘Bleak Fragments’ gets slightly weak in the middle, but the rest of the songs are incredibly good. I think Destroyers of All have the potential to become a well-known metal band, which is interesting for music players and non-musicians, too. I’m eagerly awaiting more records from them in the future!


“In sum, it’s a very solid record, with some impressive and unique details.”

Rating: 8/10

“Bleak Fragments”, the long-awaited full-length debut of Portuguese group Destroyers Of All is finally here, and it was well worth the wait. Three years after the release of their critically acclaimed EP “Into The Fire”, they’re back and show a great deal of realized potential. They’re not just another good promise in the Portuguese underground scene, and this record proves it.
This album starts with the intro track “From Ashes Reborn”, a two minute piece that sets the pace for what is to come, a death/thrash well harmonized with different influences and a progressive touch. Although this release is mainly in its core a death/thrash metal, it is filled with nuances of symphonic, progressive and even Coimbra fado influences in the middle, and that is where they make a difference and distinguish themselves from being just another good death/thrash group with an average somewhat catchy album.
It flows naturally from start to finish, being an interesting record that is going to make you either love it or hate just at the first listening, because it’s fresh, original, different and doesn’t follow the rules. Although some of the songs are clearly better than others, you can say that overall is a somewhat homogeneous album. For instance, the track chosen to be their single and video, “Hate Through Violence” is the weakest link in the record, and doesn’t quite grasp the quality pattern, or even shows the best they’re capable of. On the other hand, you have songs like ”Unexistence” or “Bleak Fragments” that could have been a much better presentation card for the record, and are one of its finest pieces both lyrically and musically. However, the “pièce de résistance” is “Tormento”, a pearl that might not be played live, but illustrates clearly what they’re all about, a band composed by great musicians that are not afraid to try something new and distinct without losing their identity and always in a classy manner.
In sum, it’s a very solid record, with some impressive and unique details. They have lived up, and even went over, all the expectations regarding their debut full-length record. They show that they’re always capable of evolving and being better as the time goes by. Hopefully this will be a first impressive record of many more to come in the future.

“There is no way not to NOT be delighted by this.”

(translate with Google Translate from Greek language)
In view of the first feature their record attempt length entitled “Bleak Fragments”, Portuguese Destroyers Of Our All serve a sonic feast where the appetizer includes thrash metal, the main course technical / melodic death metal with special vevorvoromeni Black Metal sauce and dessert … Ha! You hear it somewhere in the middle to the end of the title “Unexistence” and at the end of the title “Speed ​​Of Mind”.

So Bon appetit lovers of extreme prescriptions of rock. There is no way not to NOT be delighted by this, 10 titles overall and lasting about 56 minutes, relentless strafing, slaughterhouse, Yerevan, mystic dark pleasures and they lived freakishly ever after!

Though the writer is not faithful follower of the species (for the most thanatomafrizousa side) or more species which with excellent mastery admittedly Portuguese perform believes that with bare one ear discern something like a “Wow dude yes, the we break big time but we managed to distribute a good aesthetic orchestration? “I emphasize, not morphological but aesthetic. How valid sounding and a listening suits 4 on snare or D-Beat, as you call it, in an immediate switch to the same verse, the chorus characterized blastbeat and “scratching” of death / black; The substantive experts will be understood more and better. There the writer excluded masked the more because, as mentioned before these funds in a large rock paper is for this terra incognita.

In terms of production (come tell, here you have it …), maybe less “plastic” than what we have heard lately. For the most part, again with every reservation on that are set out how aesthetic perceptions about these types, both the institutions and the morphologies of the compositions are heard clearly. Always with all due respect for the creators and the technical staff.

In any case, this dashing musician frankenstainismos attaches cute horrible, zofon ozontes fruits and can bring them enough to lead you into the head, the heart, limbs, reproductive organs, etc. Amigos, can lead a parallel musical universes but ‘t be called rectum. Well done!

“…a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  death,  thrash  and groove  metal…”

Rating: 8/10

Radio  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  old  school  metal  style  solos  onto t he  recording  that  also  use  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  thrash  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  and  back up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodic  vocals  and  clean  playing  are  also  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording.

  When  synths  and  operatic  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  very  symphonic  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mix  in  progressive  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  words  and  classical  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  later  songs  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  saxophones.

  Destroyers  Of  All  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  modern  thrash  and  progressive  metal  and  a  touch  of symphonic  music  to  create  something  very  original  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spirituality,  inner  struggles  and  corruption  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Destroyers  Of  All  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  death,  thrash  and groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  “Hollow  Words”  “Death  Healer”  “Speed  Of  Mind”  and  “Day  of  Reckoning”.  8  out  of  10.