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Reviews Into The Fire

 

“Destroyers Of All are what you could call your perfect contemporary Extreme Metal band.”

Rating: 6/10

Featured recently as “Band Of The Day” on Terrorizer.com, cheesy cover art aside, Destroyers Of All are what you could call your perfect contemporary Extreme Metal band, with no stone left unturned. Despite featuring only four tracks (plus an intro and an outro), diversity is the key word here on their debut EP. The Slayer-style intro clashes with blastbeats and At The Gates-like melodies, but overall, the foundations evolve around a groovy form of Thrash.
By opening so many different doors in such a short space of time, you sometimes feel they’re losing the plot, but with such a great armoury at their disposal, good things are waiting just around the corner.

Rating: 6/10
www.terrorizer.com

 


 

“Som de ótima qualidade, que alia técnica e brutalidade de forma concisa.”

No mínimo arriscada a proposta deste quinteto de Coimbra, Portugal. Afinal, ao ler a descrição do som da banda que mescla Death e Groove Metal, alguns conservadores podem passar reto e nem se interessar pelo som da banda. Isto será um erro gravíssimo, pois depois de botar a bolachinha a rodar, vemos, ou melhor, ouvimos um som de ótima qualidade, que alia técnica e brutalidade de forma concisa. “Into The Fire” é o primeiro EP da banda e, após a introdução, a faixa “Soul Retrieval” deixa bem claro o que a banda propõe. Breakdowns nervosos se alternam com insanos blasts beats com riffs carregados e solos rápidos e agressivos, de certa forma até desconexos. A faixa título, apesar de mais direta, ainda conta com uma quebrada seca mostrando que esta é uma das principais características do Destroyers Of All. Tanto que “M4” mostra que a banda não tem medo de exagerar nestas passagens e, incrivelmente, se sai bem.

Mostrando um lado mais melódico, a composição mostra um esplêndido trabalho das guitarras tanto nas bases como nos ótimos solos muito bem encaixados. Por fim, “Astral Projection” segue a mesma linha de “M4” incluindo aí mais um belíssimo trabalho de guitarras e uma cozinha cheia de pegada e coesão, além de um final drmático (no bom sentido).
Não poderia terminar a resenha deixando de citar as belíssimas linhas de baixo que ajudam ainda mais a enfatizar o peso das composições, com boas viradas e precisão. Mentão também ao vocalista João Mateus que varia seu timbre berrando como poucos e “cantando” bem quando necessário. Mais uma grata surpresa vinda de Portugal!

http://helldivine.blogspot.com.br/2013/12/hell-divine-n-17-nova-edicao-da-revista.html

 


 

“Une bonne gifle riche en couleurs qui ne laisse qu’impatient pour la suite.”

Nous voilà voguant vers le Portugal à la découverte de Destroyers Of All, groupe fondé en 2011 qui propose ce premier EP intitulé « Into The Fire ».

Ce que l’on constate en premier lieu, c’est le côté progressif de ce métal hybride riche en breaks et variations de styles.
Ce sont plusieurs genres que l’on découvre au fur et à mesure des titres. Entre un death metal brutal très carré, un death aux accents plus thrashy, un metal penchant sur le black par les blasts et les mélodies, un côté heavy dans les moments épiques et un aspect aussi psychédélique par moment.

Déjà là vous ferez constat que les six titres des lusitaniens renferment une richesse certaine niveau idées et ambiances.

Vocalement de pures variations sont au rendez vous. Entre une voix death bien corrosive et écorchée, des choeurs à la voix claire qui posent un aspect assez symphonique (tout comme les passages au clavier qui renforcent cette atmosphère.).

Véritable boule à facettes, le combo définit ses ambiances sous plusieurs angles. Prenez l’outro « Nothing Left » alliant acoustique tant épique que mélancolique.

Vibrez dès le début de « M4 » de par cette introduction qui monte en puissance, de par un panel de riffs monstrueusement bien ficelés. Les breaks qui l’en caractérisent font également leur effet. Le travail consacré aux variations excelle pour le rendu original de l’art de ces destructeurs. L’excellence réside également dans le passage grovvy presque doom en milieu de parcours de ce titre qui arrache et les instants plus bruts rentrent dans le lard comme il se doit.

Le constat qui va ressortir de cette écoute est que les gars ne sont pas manchots et qu’ils maîtrisent leur technique avec perfection. Tout est bien calculé mais reste naturellement entraînant. Ennemis de l’ennui, le titre éponyme du cd vous collera également une bonne grosse dynamite dans le dos. Entre blasts, riffs oscillant entre heavy/thrash et death puissants agrémentés de soli de tarés, et petit passage free-jazz, bref, votre voyage s’avère riche en paysages.

C’est avec « Astral Project » que je les avais découvert et je pense que vous comprendrez aisément dès les premières notes la raison pour laquelle j’ai été scotché par ce combo. Dans le genre pur titre qui vous injecte une dose de Pep’s encore plus efficace qu’une quarantaine de Red Bull, les mecs arrivent à varier des ambiances entre Kreator, Raise Hell, Opeth (pour les passages planants du truc) voire même Orphanage, constatez à nouveau que le choix est large.

Et bien aucun répit d’avoir découvert cette sensation portugaise, bien au contraire.

Véritable expérience originale qui vous accroche pour ne plus vous laisser sans vie. Une bonne gifle riche en couleurs qui ne laisse qu’impatient pour la suite. Et dire que ce n’est qu’un premier cd.

http://metaldream.soforums.com/t1611-DESTROYERS-OF-ALL-Into-The-Fire.htm#p10793

 


 

“This is a good beginning for a band that surely we will see on big cartels in the future.”

One of the objectives of this fanzine (now you can call it webzine, I don’t care) is to promote and show the work of unsigned/independent bands, so as can see, almost of all material reviewed is quite unknown. From time to time we get promos like this one, where music speaks itself and denotes a band that should be signed immediately although this is the first release,  and there is no previous demo.

This is death metal forged in progressive elements and heavy metal riffs, in the true spirit of metallic blood. If you try to classify the music, you will fall in useless mistakes, because all tracks have unique elements coming from different sources (inclusive bossa nova in track “Into the fire”) and all is tied with excellent musical arrangements. Also, I have to say that is the first time I’ll dare to call this as modern death metal, and don’t misunderstand me!! This is not childish or arrogant pretentions. This is an EP full of complexity, talent and good taste, and all tracks contain different and dynamic sections, just to keep your mind occupied. This is a good beginning for a band that surely we will see on big cartels in the future. Not licking balls, ok? – Victor Varas

http://zombieritualzine.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire-review/

 


 

“A Death Metal release that can punish your mood so hard and fill your brain with energy and anger.”

Rating: 7/10

If you’re not familiarized with the Portuguese extreme Metal scene, then here you have a great chance to be introduced, the Death / Groove Metal band DESTROYERS OF ALL has recently released the debut EP album “Into The Fire”, for the tough fans of the hammering Death Metal riffs that lie behind the groovy influences. If you’re searching for a Death Metal release that can punish your mood so hard and fill your brain with energy and anger, then you have to get a bottle of whisky and a copy for this record right now.

“Into The Fire” will be a good meal for you, because the amount of Death Metal riffs is mixed well with the groovy Metal licks, with some Thrash Metal odors inside the mixture. The catchy riffs and the energy that has been planted in this groovy metal structure are well performed; the members have managed to deliver a lot of strength through this record. The palm muted distorted guitars and the thrashed drumbeats are mixed very well in front of the bass-lines, making the whole sound a total assault and an adventuresome experience for the fans of PANTERA and SEPULTURA. The performance of the vocalist has really captured my thoughts for a awhile, these powerful shouts and screams reminded me of the vocal sections that we hear in TESTAMENT, Chuck Billy was the first vocalist that passed my mind while listening to this record. I am pretty sure that the fans of Thrash Metal and Death Metal will enjoy the structure of these tracks; such efforts are really respectful in the global metal scene. Though there are many interesting moments in this record, but I actually needed to hear more variation and fresh ideas in this record, so I hope the band will be able to do this in the full-length album.

The EP album contains of six tracks, including two instrumental tracks. The longest tracks are “Soul Retrieval” and “M4”, each track runs for more than six minutes, and both tracks present a good example of how to get the Death Metal riffs wet by the groovy guitar licks, providing good vocal techniques and powerful performance for those who search for energetic metal tracks, with intense tempos (that gets slower magically in “M4”) and furious atmosphere. The Jazz influences in the track “Into the Fire” added another side for the band, a side full of influences and talent, where every single melody gets out of the instrument in the perfect time. The instrumental track “Nothing Left” ends this record with some charming acoustic guitar passages, ending the 25 minutes journey in a catchy way.

There are a lot of reasons for the Death Metal fans to like the tracks of this EP, especially the listeners who like the dry groovy guitar licks, so if you like to hear a hot mixture of the groovy side of PANTERA and the catchy shouts of
TESTAMENT, then you have to get a copy for this CD right now and start living this groovy experiment.

Rating: 7/10
http://www.jorzine.com/page.php?menu5&P=viewReviews.php&id=361

 


 

“Bom cartão de visita de uma banda que parece ter tudo para assumir uma posição de relevo na cena nacional.”

Rating: 3/5

Com tempo cumprido em bandas como Crystalline Darkness, Strikeback, Tales For The Unspoken ou Antichthon, os elementos dos Destroyers Of All não são exactamente músicos inexperientes e, por isso, «Into The Fire» não é o EP de estreia habitual de um grupo que ainda está a descobrir a sua sonoridade. As cinco faixas do título revestem-se, aliás, de uma confiança na composição que permite ao quinteto de Coimbra combinar um vasto espectro de influências e apresentar uma coesão e maturidade que não combinam bem com a expressão “formados em 2011”. O thrash, na sua vertente mais groove, é uma boa parte da base da sonoridade dos Destroyers Of All em «Into The Fire». Daí, a banda parte para passagens mais técnicas de death metal ou mais extremas de black metal, sempre com uma consistência assinalável para quem se está a estrear, pese embora nem sempre conseguindo fugir a lugares-comuns dos diferentes estilos. E, se a coisa abre com uma faixa como «Soul Retrieval», em que o colectivo passa seis minutos a saltar de género musical em género musical sem nunca cair do cavalo mas com uma estrutura algo confusa, acaba por fechar com «Astral Projection», em que a miscigenação de thrash e metal progressivo funciona às mil maravilhas. Apesar destes contrastes, «Into The Fire» constitui um bom cartão de visita de uma banda que parece ter tudo para assumir uma posição de relevo na cena nacional.

Rating: 3/5
http://misantropiaextrema.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/destroyers-of-all/

 


 

“Die fünf Newcomer aus Portugal liefern etwas Beeindruckendes…”

Schreie wie in einem Horrorfilm läuten die erste EP von Destroyers Of All ein. Die Portugiesen liefern fette Gitarren in einer fetten Produktion ab. Uncleane Vocals und Gitarrengequietsche a la Machine Head deuten schon an, dass mehr Moderne als Albackenes vorhanden ist. Der Fünfer aus Coimbra bringt coole Ideen in den Songs unter, daran bestehen keine Zweifel. Dem pfeilschnellen „Into The Fire“ gelingt es noch, kurz vorm Überladen symphonische Orchesterparts mit unterzubringen. „M4“ schaltet danach einen Gang zurück, verzichtet aber trotzdem nicht auf hochmelodische Doppelsoli und ein paar richtig coole Riffs. Mit halliger Akustikgitarre wird der Ausklang gestaltet, zum Durchatmen und Runterkommen. Die fünf Newcomer aus Portugal liefern etwas Beeindruckendes ab, das mit einer Schüppe Dreck statt bombastischer Produktion noch mehr zünden würde.

http://www.crossfire-metal.de/5202-0-DESTROYERS-OF-ALL-INTO-THE-FIRE.html

 


 

“Die Extrem-Metal-Szene schon bald ernsthafte Konkurrenz bekommen.”

Rating: 6/10

Sollte Euch der Name DESTROYERS OF ALL nichts sagen, so ist das erstmal nicht weiter verwunderlich. Die Band existiert erst seit knapp 2 Jahren und ist derzeit auch noch ohne Plattenvertrag.
Nach diversen Line-Up Wechseln legen die Portugiesen jetzt Ihre erste Demo-EP vor und die kann sich durchaus sehen lassen.
Während die Basis der 4 Songs, das relativ belanglose Intro und Outro mal außer acht gelassen, im 80er Jahre Thrash und Death Metal verwurzelt ist, schafft es die Truppe immer wieder für Überraschungsmomente zu sorgen. Diese gibt es in Form von Ausflügen in den Black Metal (NAGLFAR und Co. lassen grüßen), Technical Death (MESHUGGA) oder Modern Thrash (PANTERA). Doch das ist längst nicht alles, selbst Symphonic Metal Elemente und Hardrock-Zitate gehören zum teilweise recht wilden Stilmix der Iberer.
Was interessant klingt bleibt aber leider nicht immer zwingend im Gehörgang hängen, ist allerdings überraschend gut produziert und über die technischen Fähigkeiten der einzelnen Musiker braucht man ebenfalls nicht meckern.

Somit kann man dieses Demo allen empfehlen, die auf einen guten Mix aus Death und Thrash Metal mit vereinzelten Zitaten aus genrefremden Musikstilen abfahren. Sollten die Jungs etwas mehr Eingängigkeit in ihr Songwriting bekommen, dürfte die Extrem-Metal-Szene schon bald ernsthafte Konkurrenz bekommen. Bis dahin geb ich gute sechs Punkte.

http://rock-garage-magazine.blogspot.pt/2013/08/destroyers-of-all-into-fire.html

 


 

“One of the greatest new acts from Portugal I’ve heard in years.”

Rating: 83/100

The Portuguese band Destroyers Of All was formed in 2011 by current or former members of e.g. Antichthon, Seventh Seal, Strikeback and Crystalline Darkness. Soon the guys (vocalist João Mateus, bass player Bruno da Silva, drummer Filipe Gomes and guitarists Guilherme Busato and Alexandre Correia) started rehearsing and recently they finished the recording a first couple of songs, releasable as EP and entitled Into The Fire.

After a (stupid) one-minute intro, the quintet brings a fast and ferocious form of fierce-fuckin’ Metal, balancing in between Death and Thrash Metal, searching for the perfect equilibrium in between evident tradition and progressive modernism. The band tries to experiment and honestly, I think they do succeed more than once to have it all uplifted to a level not many young bands are capable to. Destroyers Of All, nevertheless, are (capable). The mainly fast songs also include elements from Black Metal (certain specific riffs) and Heavy Metal (some guitar solos or melodic riffing), and each track is not only varying in tempo and structure; all songs are of an almost wonderfully-surprising level as well. On top of it, the few experimental additions (progressive loops, punky shouts, Doom elements, grooving and / or high-tech compositions etc.) are not of the foolish kind, yet rather ingeniously mixed into the whole.

Destroyers Of All probably (read: surely) are one of the greatest new acts from Portugal I’ve heard in years. I am looking forward to listen to a full album very soon!

Rating: 83/100
http://www.concreteweb.be/reviews/destroyers-all

 


 

“Das ist Musik für die dicke Stage, nicht für den verrauchten Keller.”

Rating: 8/10

Schon nach dem ersten Durchlauf konnte ich mich zurück lehnen, weil mir sofort klar war, dass ich eben eine Band mit großen Ambitionen gehört habe. Dass es meinen subjektiven Geschmack nicht trifft, konnte ich gut außen vor lassen.  Und den Akteuren aus Portugal sollte es auch egal sein.  Das erste was sich mir hernach aufdrängte, war eine Entscheidung zu treffen. Pfeift die Band mit dem martialischen Vorhaben, so wie es der Name verheißen will, absichtlich auf das wohlgeordnete und katalogisierte System der bewährten Schubladensortierung. Oder sind die desorientiert. In der klassischen Gaga – Geriatrie gibt es 4 erfasste Formen von Orientierungsstörungen – räumlich, zeitlich, persönlich und situativ – kenn ich mich aus, verdien ich mir ein Taschengeld mit, von Berufswegen.  Wollen DESTROYERS OF ALL dieses noch lange nicht erforschte Feld nun um eine weitere Komponente aufstocken; die künstlerische. Haben die Herren komplett die Orientierung verloren und springen deswegen wie ein Jo-Jo durch diverse Genres? Nehmen auf hart erarbeitete Stilgrenzen keine Rücksicht, ja bauen sie sich gar selbst was gänzlich Neues, weil ihnen der Leitfaden irgendwo in ihren Tagträumen gerissen ist? Oder tun sie das doch, weil es in der Musik keine Gesetze zu geben hat, es generell ohnehin schon zu viele Reglementierungen im Leben gibt und Anarchie der Dünger der Musik ist? Weil man sich ohne sich festlegen zu müssen, alles viel entspannter und kreativer betrachten kann? Ist es etwa anmaßend, dem Fluss seinen Lauf zu lassen?
Ich habe mich entschieden, diesbezüglich keine Entscheidung zu treffen und die Argumentierung nur der Musik zu überlassen. Blöd ist jetzt nur, dass Buchstaben nicht singen oder andersartig Geräusche produzieren, außer dem Rascheln in der Mülltonne und dem Knistern beim Flammenfraß. Also versuch ich es mal so:
Bei DESTROYERS OF ALL geht vieles zusammen, mit einem hohem persönlichem Anspruch, dass sei extra betont. Hier treffen aufeinander, in teils kaum willkürlicher Mischung, aber auch wohl geordnet nacheinander: Melodic Death Metal, moderner Thrash nach schwedischem Muster, melancholische Erinnerungen an die gute alte Zeit des Heavy Metal, progressives Gitarrenflankieren und jazzige Gedanken an Freestyle – Fusion.  So könnt ihr euch fallen lassen und gleichzeitig die Köpfe einrennen, hüpfen, moshen, bangen und eure Hüften an denen der euch zugeneigten Menschen reiben. Wenn nach dem Intro, dass wohl mal wieder das Ende aller Tage vorweg nimmt, der Start von „ Soul Retrieval“ noch an melodischen Schnellfiongertod erinnert, sogar marginal mit Black Metal kokettiert, dann wird mindestens ab der Hälfte schnell klar, dass die Band andere Wege geht. Denn dann erhebt sich ein offensiver technischer und doch recht fortschrittlicher Dämon aus seinem kurzen Nickerchen und Tempowechsel werden mit rasenden Solis gekittet, die Gitarre brezelt ein schweres Riff, oder hängt leicht psychedelisch zwischen den Sphären, während der Gesang zu einer Art Chor wird. Das Stück ist ziemlich lang (nicht das einzige) und schichtet sich wie ein Frankfurter Kranz, bei dem die Buttercreme langsam seitlich raus tropft. Im nachfolgenden „Into the Fire“ kommen klassische Metal – Arrangements ins Spiel, vom Riff bis hin zum teilweise gedoppelten Gesang mit cleaner Stimme. Hier unterbricht lediglich ein kurzer jazziger Mittelpart, der schnell von einem Moshchorus abgelöst wird. Irgendwo in all dem verbergen sich auch klassische Instrumente, die sie einem Orchester aus der Kammer geklaut haben müssen. An irdendeiner portugiesischen Oper ermittelt jetzt wohl die Kripo. Dann kommt „M4“, dass sich episch verkauft, mit einer vertretbaren Nile – Variation beginnt und danach in einer Mischung aus Düsterforst und Melo – Thrash aufgeht. Zum Ende hin wird dann mit einem Riff und nachfolgendem Soli noch eine ganz andere Facette ins Licht gezottelt. Das hätte beinahe auch von einer Band wie Accept stammen können. Die Basis hält aber fast ganzheitlich die melancholische Stimmung mit viel Melodie und riffbetontem Schmerz. Und dann kommt noch eine flotte, Mixtur aus  Core, Prog und Aggression; „Astral Projection“, auch die kann nicht einfach so durchgezogen werden, zeichnet sich durch hohe musikalische Qualität aus, stapelt Solis fast gänzlich anders als auf den vorangegangen Stücken und beinhaltet die wohl modernsten Komponenten, die gleichzeitig auf die Kalotte hämmern und in ein psychedelisches Schokotorten – Happening abgleiten lassen. Der Chor im Hintergrund macht die Atmosphäre nur umso dicker, egal ob es schnell oder doch beschaulicher am Arbeiten ist. Dann noch mal ein Akustik Ausstieg mit der Erkenntnis, dass nichts übrig bleibt und Schluss ist.
Ihr könnt es euch natürlich auch einfacher machen, indem ihr euch irgendeinen Kanal im Netz sucht um das alles zu hören. Und wem ich das jetzt explizit sagen musste, dem ist so wie so nicht mehr zu helfen.
Und mein ehrlicher Eindruck? DESTROYERS OF ALL wollen sehr weit, haben das Potential und benötigen jemanden, der sie mit langer und gepolsterter Deichsel in den Orbit schiebt. Das ist Musik für die dicke Stage, nicht für den verrauchten Keller. Ob das ein reines Kompliment ist? Weiß ich auch nicht so genau, aber drauf haben sie es schon.

Rating: 8/10
http://fatalgrind-reviews.blogspot.de/2013/09/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-ep.html

 


 

“Hochwertigen Death Metal.”

Rating: 3/5

DESTROYERS OF ALL sind harte Hunde – das merkt man am Bandnamen und an den Homepage-Fotos, wo rebellischerweise mit dem Mittelfinger posiert wird. Ignoriert man alle kräftig bedienten Metal-Klischees, bieten aber die Portugiesen auf ihrer Debüt-EP „Into The Fire“ durchaus eigenständigen, hochwertigen Death Metal.

Die Genre-Fixierung der DESTROYERS ist nicht ganz so einfach, und wird auch durch die geringe Stichprobenanzahl an Songs (insgesamt gibt es auf „Into The Fire“ nur vier vollwertige Songs) nicht leichter gemacht.

Bei „Soul Retrieval“ denkt man zunächst an düsterschwarzen Death Metal der BEHEMOTH-Klasse, mit leicht schräg-progressiven ARCTURUS-Färbung, bevor dann auf dem Titeltrack die Death Thrash-Keule ausgepackt wird, was wieder an frühe HAUNTED oder THE CROWN erinnert (bis auf den Lounge Jazz-Teil mitten im Song…). „M4“ ist dagegen eher eingängig und in langsamerem Tempo gehalten – aber auch nicht durchgehend, hier wird ein Classic Metal-Gitarrensolo plötzlich von einem rhythmisch und melodisch vertrackten Riff abgelöst. Einzig „Astral Projection“ kommt etwas biederer daher und kann mal grob Richtung moderner Death Thrash bzw. Metalcore verortet werden.

Insgesamt also eine recht abwechslungsreiche Angelegenheit, von allen Musikern auch in hoher Qualität dargeboten. Einzig der cleane Gesang hat noch (wenn er mal auftritt, was nur selten ist) deutliches Verbesserungspotential.

Ausgehend von den auf „Into The Fire“ vorhandenen Songs kann man den Portugiesen durchaus Potential bescheinigen, mit ihrem abwechslungsreichen, progressiv angehauchten Death Metal ein größeres Publikum anzusprechen; Songs wie „Into The Fire“ oder „M4“ haben durchaus Hitqualitäten. Viel mehr kann man ausgehend von vier Songs auch nicht wirklich sagen, vielleicht wäre es in dem Fall besser gewesen, auf Intro und Outro zu verzichten und dafür einen weiteren Song auf die EP zu packen.

http://www.stormbringer.at/reviews.php?id=9568

 


 

“This band is worth a repeated, LOUD listening.”

Rare is the band who grasps the concept of ‘storming out of the gate’ with a killer debut that meshes great musicianship, good songwriting, and top quality production.

Portugal’s Destroyers Of All offer a left-of-center metal assault, combining technical proficiency with catchy riff arrangements and songwriting, to deliver an incendiary EP, Into The Fire.

Musically, they’re ‘all over the place’ diverse, incorporating everything from acoustic guitar and progressive passages, shattering thrash attacks, hateful core screaming, to black metal blastbeats.

If you like your metal hard, heavy, intense, and definitely not ‘the usual fare’, this band is a worth repeated, LOUD listening.

http://planetmosh.com/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire/

 


 

“You’ll enjoy this album the way that I’ve enjoyed it; to its fullest.”

With a name like that DESTROYERS OF ALL better be a full force metal assault for it to not be totally wasted on the wrong kind of band. I keep saying that you shouldn’t judge a band by its name but let’s face it; who of us hasn’t bought a record or two just based on the band name? This might be thrash metal in its foundation but they’ve added a whole host of different metal to make this a diverse album. You get bits’n’pieces of death and black mixed with thrash and if I’m not too off base a bit of goth too. So if you don’t have any problems with your met being a amalgamation of all different styles of metal then you’ll enjoy this album the way that I’ve enjoyed it; to its fullest.

http://battlehelm.com/reviews/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire/

 


 

“… it’s safe to say that in Destroyers Of All we have a new sensation in the genre.”

Destroyers Of All is a new collaboration of several musicians from the Portuguese metal scene that have just unleashed their first assault, ‘Into The Fire’, upon the world. And let me say right away that the gentlemen definitely honour their name. This quintet plays a progressive form of extreme death and thrash metal. Think of a combination from bands like pestilence, Cannibal Corpse, Sadus and old Kataklysm, to Sepultura and the later, heavier Sodom, but also Swedish death/thrash such as old Soilwork, old In Flames and Entombed. Add a touch of black metal here and there and you might get an idea of what you can expect. The music is highly versatile and contains lots of various influences, but doesn’t sound incoherent whatsoever. Thanks to the progressive approach the music also sounds rather modern, but has an old-school charm at the same time. And although they lower the pace regularly and the songs have a delicious groove, the band makes a wrought-up and aggressive impression in general. Thanks to the use of keyboards the music gets an extra dimension, and a dark, threatening charge. I must say that although the album is immediately catchy on first listen, due to the complexity of the music and the many layers it contains, it requires multiple listens in order to come into its own well.

On instrumental matters the gentlemen know their tricks well and although the band has been together for only two years, they sound like a well-trained battalion. Vocalist Joo Mateus also has a powerful voice and uses it with the necessary variety. Thanks to the good, clear and contemporary production, all instruments as well as the vocals come into their own completely and the album sounds well balanced. Altogether this may be a bit too modern for my taste, but the fact remains that with ‘Into The Fire’ Destroyers Of All have delivered a strong and impressive debut. Also the fact that the band has already developed a sound and identity of its own, and isn’t easily compared to any other band directly, deserves – especially in our age and time – respect, and is also to the their advantage. It really surprises me that this band is still not picked up by a record company, but I can’t imagine that this would be for long. If the band’s first long player is going to be of the same quality as this EP, then I think it’s safe to say that in Destroyers Of All we have a new sensation in the genre.

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/24979

 


 

“…something is bound to go off… with an almighty explosion.”

Rating: 8.5/10

Already causing a storm in their native land of Portugal, Groove / Death / Thrash merchants Destroyers Of All provide hell in epic proportions when delivering their debut EP ‘Into The Fire’, rampaging at a furious speed that makes Cristiano Ronaldo look like a lame duck who cannot get out of first gear, however it is not all merry as at times the music is questionable, in specific the sudden change of time signatures that could easily leave some metalheads in a groove when realistically it’s Thrash Metal playing at that specific time, you get the idea. Remarkably though the overall production of the EP and overall sound is paramount, the feeling this could be the next biggest export out of Portugal is clear as daylight. When you have a release that features menacing riffs, crushing drumming and face-smashing vocals that brood in Melodic Death, Groove, and Thrash Metal elements, something is bound to go off… with an almighty explosion.

Rating: 8,5/10
http://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/39/post/2013/08/gma-vol153.html

 


 

“…they’re never happy with just one idea, so they give us 35 of them…”

Rating: 7/10

A bunch of fresh-faced newbies from Portugal, Destroyers of All try to cram essentially all of the 1990’s into their six-song debut EP, Into the Fire. Metal of the 90’s variety generally entails rather blatant nods to the groove metal gang (Machine Head, Pantera, and Sepultura), and such is a happening here, but the five-piece make haste with techno death metal, extreme death metal, and even some black metal rasping. While not an exact time-capsule, it just shows the band hasn’t quite found their footing.
The production is strong for an unsigned band, so it becomes an afterthought as the zig-zagged “Soul Retrieval” starts to get moving, where full-on thrash has its day with technical solos (lots of arpeggios, sweeps), then is thrust into a helacious tech-portion which suitably, comes out of nowhere. This is the overriding pattern with Destroyers of All; they’re never happy with just one idea, so they give us 35 of them, a lot of which are good (nice grooves on “M4”), but aren’t left around long enough to make a lasting impression. These things happen when you’re two years-old. That, and temper tantrums.
The immaturity of Destroyers of All is quite evident, but expected. Few bands know what they’re doing two years into their existence anyway. They should be able to sort it out once they decide upon which style of 90’s is best suited for them. Here’s a suggestion: go with groove.

Rating: 7/10
http://www.deadrhetoric.com/reviews/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire-self-released/

 


 

“Mais que pronto pra um full length!”

Surgida no final de 2011, oriunda de Coimbra(PT) ESSA É A BANDA QUE DEVERIA SER EXEMPLO DE COMO ESTREAR POSITIVAMENTE. INTO THE FIRE, conta com seis faixas (sendo 1introdução)muito bem trabalhadas, dotadas até de certa originalidade que vão do Thrash/Death Metal ao Progressivo e outros estilos com uma fuidez impressionante. Não soa forçado e é isso o que surpreende:tudo aqui passa com uma naturalidade assustadora! Com mais de 6 minutos, a faixa Soul Retrieval mostra bem os lados pelos quais a banda embala e tem um baixo soberbo. Alias, o instrumento se destaca em praticamente todas as composições por mérito de Bruno da Silva. Outra grandiosa é a faixa titulo, aqui com leves toques de black metal. E nem mesmo a ultima Nothing Left com um belo arranjo de violão esfria o clima do material. Produção nota 10 e uma capa bem feitinha agregam ainda mais a qualidade do registro. Está ai uma surpresa lusitana que dá gosto de acompanhar. Haja inspiração! Mais que pronto pra um full length!

www.roadiecrew.com

 


 

“Impressive first work by DESTROYERS OF ALL.”

Debut six track EP from this new coming band from Portugal that was formed about two years ago and is here to deliver their own style and blend of death metal. “Into the Fire”, however, isn’t a typical, old school death metal release, but it’s rather more focused and inspired by the modern, contemporary metal scene.

So, apart from the obvious death metal elements which are the foundation of their music, these Portuguese metal heads have enriched their sound with plenty of groove metal parts as well as lots of thrash metal references. Their songs are tight, dynamic and powerful and yet they always make sure they leave some space for catchy riffs and beautiful melodies. Still, I don’t want you to think that the end result is soft or mellow… on the contrary it’s aggressive and intense and it’s definitely ideal for live shows and lots of head banging. Impressive first work by DESTROYERS OF ALL so if you are fans of the groovy death/thrash metal sound I think you should spend some moments checking this group out!

http://www.behindtheveil.hostingsiteforfree.com/index.php/reviews/new-albums/1461-destroyers-of-all–into-the-fire

 


 

“These six songs of intense death / thrash metal will kick your ass.

From Coimbra, Portugal, and started in 2011, DESTROYERS OF ALL have released their debut E.P. independently. These six songs of intense death / thrash metal will kick your ass.

The songs incorporate a few other styles that mesh really well, groove metal, hard rock, progressive, and power metal all come together to create a powerful release. With the exception of the intro and outro tracks, the band have managed to create fairly long song with each of the four main songs  between almost four and seven minutes long which gives the band a chance to go through all sorts of different styles. Vocals are mostly death / thrash metal style screaming and growling along with some clean singing at times, the drumming ranges from slow / mid-paced to fast with blast beats being added at times, the bass playing is very strong and powerful, the guitar playing ranges from slow / mid-paced to fast playing that combines thrash, death metal, black metal, prog and hard rock influences together to create melody that you wouldn’t think would be there. Lots of great riffing as well as some great solos and rhythm guitar playing.

This band has gotten off to a great start with the power and intensity that they have managed to create on just four heavy tracks. The intro and outro are very cool, but it just made me want to hear more of the metal, not the instrumental tracks. If they keep on going like this, you will be hearing a lot more from DESTROYERS OF ALL.

http://alteredfrequencies.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire-cd/

 


 

“Into the Fire is a blistering affair that incorporates blast beats, technical guitar solos and guttural vocals confidently.”

Hailing from Portugal, Destroyers of All formed at the end of 2011 to create a combination of death, thrash and black metal. Their debut E.P. Into the Fire is a blistering affair that incorporates blast beats, technical guitar solos and guttural vocals confidently. What separates Destroyers of All are their combination of guitar riffs that are heavy, technical and groove oriented.

Proper album opener “Soul Retrieval” is a whirlwind of aggression; huge crushing guitar riffs and technical drumming dominates. Vocalist Joao Mateus has an intense guttural vocal delivery and the classical inspired guitar leads are impressive. The production captures the band incredibly as the guitars have an astonishing tone and the separation between the instruments is excellent. The thrash elements included in the riffs helps break up the monotony and are the perfect change of pace for some added diversity.

http://heavymetal.about.com/od/cdreviews/tp/Dragos-Dungeon-July-2013.htm

 


 

“… mezz’ora di piacevole headbangin’ per tutti i gusti.”

Rating: 7/10

Provenienti dal Portogallo, nazione di certo non famosa per la sua importanza nel thrash metal mondiale, i Destroyers of All si presentano con questo EP d’esordio dal titolo Into the Fire. Subito appare evidente che, come è accaduto spesso negli ultimi anni, la mancanza di fantasia si presenta come una delle caratteristiche determinanti nelle scelte degli appellativi; il nome della band e del disco lasciano intendere immediatamente le peculiarità che i cinque portoghesi vogliono mettere in campo con questa loro registrazione, senza dare grossi spazi a fraintendimenti; i nomi delle canzoni, invece, oltre all’immancabile rimando del thrash teutonico (M4 richiama distintamente i titoli di casa Sodom
), sembrano suggerire argomenti non propri di questo genere musicale, offrendo un pizzico di curiosità all’ascoltatore ancor prima di aver fatto partire la riproduzione del disco. Attivi sin dalla fine del 2011, momento in cui Guilherme Busato (ex-Seventh Seal), Alexandre Correia e Filipe Gomes decidono di dedicarsi tutti insieme a un desiderio che da tempo li assillava: un progetto musicale diverso da ciò cui hanno lavorato negli anni passati, in grado di unire diverse influenze musicali partendo dal thrash, death sino al black e qualche piccolo accenno prog. Con il conseguente arrivo di Joao Mateus e Bruno da Silva la line-up è completa e i cinque musicisti sono pronti a dedicarsi alla scrittura dei primi pezzi; ciò che ci si può domandare prima dell’ascolto di questo Into the Fire è: saranno stati in grado di proporre sonorità fresche e interessanti, o la loro mancanza di idee non si sarà limitata alla scelta del monicker?

Il disco si apre con un’intro di un minuto, colma di grida e di rumori d’ambientazione; come spesso accade è solamente uno specchietto per allodole, dato che con la successiva Soul Retrieval si entra immediatamente nel vivo delle sonorità della band portoghese; chitarre distorte con un sapiente utilizzo di pinch harmonics e di wah-wah, un basso messo ottimamente in risalto dalla produzione, una batteria martellante anche se un po’ piatta e una voce potente che pare un misto tra quella ruvida di Chuck Billy e quella furiosa di Robb Flynn. Anche nei successivi pezzi proposti si possono apprezzare questi dettagli che non saranno pienamente innovativi, ma che riescono ad amalgamarsi bene l’un l’altro così da creare sonorità valide e trascinanti: non manca qualche timido accenno alle sfuriate simil-black, qualche parte tendente al death metal che edulcorano la valanga di thrash. Per evitare di ricadere nello stereotipo della thrash band che mantiene un ritmo da schiacciasassi, i Destroyers of All cercano di spezzare sapientemente i brani con qualche sprazzo di puro virtuosismo di scuola Between the Buried and Me: è il caso di un intermezzo rapido nella title-track, che richiama propriamente gli stacchi in pulito del quintetto del North Carolina; non è il caso di specificare che, malgrado sia apprezzabile questo loro tentativo di spezzare le sonorità anche in campo prog/core, ci troviamo ben lontani dai picchi e dall’elevata qualità compositiva dei Between the Buried and Me. Mentre ci si avvia alla conclusione della registrazione, tornano a presentarsi ritmiche cadenzate con riff che incitano spontaneamente all’headbang, alternati da cambi di tempo che permettono ai cinque portoghesi di riportarsi su sonorità più death. Le sezioni soliste dei brani sono tutte valide e ispirate, denotando una buona padronanza strumentale/compositiva da parte di Alexandre Correia e Guilherme Busato; le ritmiche dettate dal basso di Bruno da Silva sono ottime e graziate da una produzione all’altezza del suo operato; invece Filipe Gomes sembra limitarsi ad un compitino d’appoggio dietro alle pelli, senza dubbio di sufficiente validità ma che avrebbe potuto impreziosire ulteriormente il lavoro se fosse stato un po’ più coraggioso nelle scelte; sopra questa struttura musicale si erge Joao Mateus, autore di una prova soddisfacente per quanto messo in mostra a livello strumentale; rimane comunque da sottolineare che, nel caso in cui la band decidesse di proseguire questa strada stilistica con qualche virtuosismo e contaminazione in più che spazia lontano dal thrash, il vocalist dovrà trovare il modo adattarsi maggiormente e dimostrare più carisma dietro al microfono.

Into the Fire è quindi un lavoro interessante, ben sviluppato sotto buona parte degli aspetti primo tra i quali la produzione: malgrado esso sia semplicemente un EP d’esordio e sia completamente autoprodotto dai Destroyers of All, si riesce a percepire distintamente il tocco di musicisti che non sono propriamente degli sprovveduti e che già si sono cimentati in progetti passati. In questa mezz’ora abbondante, dove spiccano quattro brani (Soul Retriever e Into the Fire su tutte) più un’intro e un outro di poco superiori al minuto, si identificano alcune curiose idee messe in campo dai cinque portoghesi: la loro proposta, non limitandosi ad una netta ispirazione al thrash ottantiano, né al death degli anni novanta, riesce ad andare abbastanza “oltre” aggiungendo segni distintivi e caratteristici al loro sound. Questa sperimentazione riesce comunque solo in parte, dato che le innovazioni rispetto a un classico death / thrash si concentrano sulle l’alternanza di momenti più calmi e riflessivi con le sfuriate ben più avvezze al genere; tale proposizione rende senz’altro il disco appetibile e interessante ma anche più ovvio e prevedibile, dato che le strutture dei brani rimangono molto simili tra loro. In conclusione, questo EP è consigliato agli amanti delle sonorità estreme condite con cambi di tempo e qualche contaminazione di vario genere; malgrado i tentativi messi in campo dai Destroyers of All, Into the Fire non risulta essere un lavoro rivoluzionario o innovativo, tuttavia può concedere una mezz’ora di piacevole headbangin’ per tutti i gusti.

Rating: 7/10
http://www.metallized.it/recensione.php?id=9036

 


 

“…they have the ability to get freaking huge.”

Rating: 8.5/10

Most people who have read any of my reviews know that I enjoy some groove in my metal. Please take note that the previous statement read “groove in my metal” not groove metal. Groove metal is one of those touchy subjects for me because it’s kind of like the stuff I grew up on (90’s era Sepultura; Fear Factory; Pantera; etc) but it’s not the stuff I’m so into anymore. It’s not touchy so much as I will defend it or think it’s the greatest thing in the world; oh no, it’s quite the contrary, indeed, as I find most groove metal irritatingly stupid (not in a good way). I find some of my favorite tracks from back then (my teenage years) somewhat entertaining now, but my tastes have greatly changed since then. I mean, come on, Pantera was nothing but solid “tuff guyz rool” attitude with some groovy guitar licks and choppy drumming, but I ate that shit up when I was younger. I say all of this not to exacerbate my somewhat elitist current musical preferences, but to give you, the reader, an idea of what my background with groove metal entails. It’s something of an enjoyable hobby of mine to re-listen to some old favorites and occasionally spark some short lived love affairs with whatever I happen to reconnect with (like my Pale Creation and Aftershock reviews…). Every once in a while I will listen to an album for the first time that just puts me into this amazingly nostalgic place, and that is exactly what happened when I first listened to Destroyers of All’s debut release, “Into the Fire”.

Destroyers of All describe themselves as a combination of death metal and groove metal. Now, given my aversion to most things labeled groove metal, this was an experiment of trying something new. I guess my new found fondness of the death metal genre pushed me a little more towards this release than a straight up groove act would have, but I digress. The best way I can describe “Into the Fire” is by saying this is grooving death metal with a shit ton of thrash tendencies. I know what you’re probably thinking, “Death metal and groove would sound like death and roll,” but no, grooving death metal (the term I just coined to describe Destroyers of All, thank you very much) is actually death metal that just happens to borrow enough pieces from that dreaded 90’s era of everything groove metal to be catchy, but not enough that it descends into the Neanderthal, ‘roid rage realm of things.

“Into the Fire” is an impressive debut from five Portuguese metalheads who have a great concept of what works. The entire album is catchy riff after hook laden, catchy riff and steers clear from becoming too pretentious. The best description I can think of is a cross between the heavier deathy leanings of mid 90’s Testament and the grooving hooks of “Soundchaser” era Rage, yet decidedly much more weighty and with a strong death metal influence. Blasting off with a diabolical introduction, “Beginning of the End” prepares you for an aural assault with screams of anguish and diabolical laughter, while the whipping winds of hell blow past your ears. Following that introduction are four tracks of grooving thrashy death metal that will pummel you from start to finish. The guitar riffs are catchy and powerful, ranging from grooving palm muted power chords to rapid fire trem lines. The drums mostly stick with a thrashy double kick beat but occasionally do blast into fast paced double bass runs here and there. The drummer’s tendency to not just blast full out for the entire album is commendable because the best parts of the performance are the slowed down portions where you can feel every single freaking drum hit because the strikes are so powerful. The guitars and drums play off of each other exceedingly well, with everything being heavy as hell but still having enough groove to headbang the whole way through. The vocalist utilizes a throaty shout for most of the release, coming across like a more screamy version of Chuck Billy. There vocals get a little deeper and more death metal oriented at times, usually when the guitars are blasting trem lines, but mostly it’s the throaty Testament style. The rest of the band throws in some gang shouts at times, but it doesn’t really add or detract from the music at all.

While I would not call Destroyers of All a technical band, the instrumentation is pretty damn solid. “Into the Fire” covers a wide range of influences while still sticking to the core groovy thrash slash death amalgamate. The title track, “Into the Fire”, slows down to a jazz inspired instrumental break where the bass just freaking flies around everywhere, in an almost Steve DiGiorgio fashion. “Astral Projection” shows the guitars bouncing from a slower paced palm muted power chord into a flitting, strangely tuned extrapolation and then into a slower paced lead solo that would make Alex Skolnick proud. Actually, all of the leads are fairly well thought and superbly played, but for some reason that slower one just sticks out as much more memorable. “Soul Retrieval” showcases one of the most intensely fast trem picked sections of the album that builds into a groovy chug backed by this insanely warbling bass line which just screams prog. The bass lines are quite impressive, managing to stay far away from the typical follow the leader style. Adding some more elements into the mix, but not all once, Destroyers of All mix in some atmospheric sections by using ascending keyboards at times and at one point something that sounds like Gregorian chanting

Now as impressed as I am with this debut, I do have some nitpicking to do. “Soul Retrieval” and “M4” overstay their welcome a little bit and drag on for too long. While both songs are enjoyable and quite catchy and powerful, the slowed down almost doomy section of “M4” sounds completely out of place and really interrupts the flow of the album. It adds a nice dynamic to the mix, but this release would probably shine a little brighter if the faster pace was kept up during the track. I guess, if nothing else, the slower portion just makes the rest of the track feel so much more massive and pummeling. The guitarists also have a tendency to go all Zakk Wylde on you and pull pinch harmonics out of their asses all over the places, but the crunchy and powerful riffing more than makes up for it, leaving it only as a temporary minor distraction. The outro track showcases dueling acoustic guitars in a laid back, “Return to Apocalyptic City” kind of sound, which is fine but really does nothing aside from soothing your ears a little bit before the EP ends. It’s more than a little generic, cliché and could be omitted from this release with no complaints on my end.

I proved myself wrong when I accepted the fact that I absolutely love Rage’s “Soundchaser”, the no-need-to-argue, most groove oriented of the seminal band’s catalog (and that’s a top five to top ten kind of love). I guess I do love groove in my metal. “Into the Fire” kicks all kinds of ass and grooves like a mutha’. If you like your music fast, heavy and catchy as hell, then you need to support this band. Unfortunately the physical release, thus far, is only limited to 150 pro printed CD-R’s. If Destroyers of All continue along the path they set forth on this album (and iron out the minor kinks), they have the ability to get freaking huge. Grooving death metal for fans of anything heavy with a shit ton of hooks. Despite a few small nitpicks, this is an impressive debut and I, for one, look forward to seeing where this band goes.

http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Destroyers_of_All/Into_the_Fire/377875/TheStormIRide

 


 

“…estão sem editora, mas (…), tudo indica que será por pouco tempo.

Rating: 7.5/10

Basta olhar para o line-up para perceber que os Destroyers of All podem vir a tornar-se um caso sério entre nós. Com membros ou ex-membros de Crystalline Darkness, Antichthon, Strikeback e Tales of the Unspoken, este grupo de Coimbra fica completo com João Mateus nos vocais, reunindo assim um conjunto de músicos de áreas bastante distintas. O que se pode então esperar deste EP de estreia, «Into the Fire»?

A base sonora para estes temas é o death metal, variado entre furiosas passagens à Suffocation, outras mais técnicas que remetem para o universo de The Faceless e Fleshgod Apocalypse e ainda uma alternância de melodia com groove e thrash que lembra Strapping Young Lad. Servem estas referências para vos situar, ainda que felizmente insuficientes para perceber que o que os Destroyers of All propõem é algo que nas particularidades não é especialmente original, mas no produto final da fusão de todas as partes, demonstra algo muitissmo interessante. Basta pegar no tema «Into the Fire» que nos atira com um início tão thrash quanto possível, que antecede um blastbeat temerário, para depois regressar a linhas melódicas cheias de groove e power, especialmente no brutal solo e naquela passagem genial aos 2:10.

Na entrada marcial de «M4» os Destroyers of All abrem alas a mais uma influência bélica no seu som, os germânicos Sodom, embora estes nunca tenham exibido as estruturas intrincadas deste tema, muito menos os vocais melódicos do refrão. Técnica que é a palavra de ordem de «Astral Pojection» que retoma aquele death metal “esquisito” e progressivo dos Nocturnus em «The Key», com variações frenéticas de som sem perder uma grama de pujança. Para concluír o EP, tal como começou, os Destroyers of All deixam-nos com um curto instrumental de cordas de cariz melancólico.

O que dizer deste EP de estreia? É verdade que no decorrer do texto fartei-me de falar de outras bandas e ouvindo o disco, outras surgem à cabeça, mas que grupo hoje em dia não se sujeita a este tipo de comparações? Afinal, não quer dizer que o produto em si não tenha qualidade! «Into the Fire» tem imensa qualidade e mostra uma força que falta a tantas bandas de death/thrash que ouvi este ano e que estão em grandes editoras. Os Destroyers of All (nome sacado ao álbum dos Ulcerate?) estão sem editora, mas ouvindo este material, tudo indica que será por pouco tempo.

Rating: 7,5/10
http://eventhorizon-space.blogspot.com/2013/06/destroyers-of-all-into-fire.html

 


 

“Sounds like Destroyers of All to me…”

“With the beginning of the week upon us I think we need a quick pick me up. Seeing as it’s Monday I don’t think we can go with the early morning shot of JD (if you do, horns up my friend), so the only thing we can really do is find a kick ass song and hang our hats on it. That kick ass song is my job and today I give you “Destroyers of All” and their video for “Into the Fire!”

Sometimes all we need to get is through the misery that is work life is a guitar heavy tune with a vocal that snaps with aggression. Sounds like Destroyers of All to me.”

http://www.welovemetal.com/newsite/wordpress/2013/06/24/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire/

 


 

“Un EP ben prodotto, dotato di suoni anch’essi molto corposi ed aggressivi…”

“Fedele al proprio moniker la musica della formazione portoghese death/thrash metal dei Destroyers of All, al debutto assoluto con un EP autoprodotto a titolo Into the Fire, già disponibile sul mercato.

Un disco composto da quattro tracce (una è una intro, l’laltra un outro) tiratissime e ricche di rallentamenti/accelarazioni brutali e spontanee, che rendono perfettamente l’idea di un massacro sonoro globale e senza fine. Un EP ben prodotto, dotato di suoni anch’essi molto corposi ed aggressivi, e avvalorato da un’importante tecnica compositiva, che stupisce per la sua genuinità e per la sua carica emozionale, con ogni componente sugli scudi, chitarre grantiche, un muro sonoro imponente e una vocalità di rilievo del cantante Mateus.

Unico difetto, l’eccessiva ripetitività della formula ”rallento per poi darci dentro fino alla morte”, che dopo qualche ascolto tende già a essere troppo prevedibile, quasi noiosa. Preferibili quindi in abbinamento pezzi tirati dall’inizio alla fine, e magari influenzati da quel techincal death metal brutale che i ragazzi sembrano, già qui, conoscere piuttosto bene.”

http://www.rock-metal-essence.com/2013/06/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-ep.html

 


 

“Uma banda que apresenta um impressionante primeiro registo e que demonstra ter muito potencial…”

Rating: 8/10

“Mais uma banda portuguesa a surgir, desta feita os Destroyers Of All que se estreiam nas edições discográficas com este EP “Into The Fire”, lançado em edição de autor (algo que também começa a ser recorrente) e que impressiona logo à partida pelo seu som poderoso e pela maturidade que com que o praticam, revelando uma série de influências díspares mas que se conjugam bem – embora na primeira música (não contando com a intro “Beginning Of The End”), “Soul Retrieval” haja uma certa dispersão a nível de ideias, algo que até se disfarça com repetidas audições, mas que não desaparece completamente.

Desde death metal moderno e técnico até certo ponto (esquecendo a parte que hoje em dia death metal moderno significa qualquercoisacore), com alguns pormenores mais melódicos que acentam como uma luva, tal como no zangado tema-título, sem esquecer a componente thrash metal. A voz de João Mateus acenta com uma luva e mesmo não tendo um registo muito variado (a dicotomia que o death metal moderno parece exigir entre a voz melódica e a mais agressiva), exceptuando algumas linhas na progressiva “M4”, acaba por ser um dos pontos solidez desta proposta.

São vinte e cinco minutos que sabem a pouco mas que têm feeling de álbum. Uma banda que apresenta um impressionante primeiro registo e que demonstra ter muito potencial e muito por onde crescer. Sejam bem vindos, são necessárias mais bandas que demonstrem este tipo de qualidade, este tipo de energia, potente, que transpira neste EP.

Rating: 8/10
http://www.metalimperium.com/2013/06/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-review.html

 


 

“A sign of even greater things to come from a group that seems to be more ambitious than most.”

“As a music critic, I get a lot of pitches that talk about how diverse a band’s musical influences are. The majority of the time, this statement doesn’t really mean that much as the groups in question still sound exactly like everyone else in their chosen genre. But every once in a while this statement is actually true, and this is the case with Portugal’s Destroyers of All. The band’s debut EP Into the Fire initially seems like it might just be a death metal and thrash combo, but as you dive further into the songs there are hints of hard rock, progressive/power metal and even some groove metal. Despite the wide range of styles the songs don’t feel all over the place, and if this EP is a sign of things to come this group has a promising career ahead of them.

With the exception of the intro and outro tracks, Destroyers of All have attempted to write lengthy numbers as each of the four main songs is between four and seven minutes long. During this period of time the instrumentalists transition between all sorts of different styles, with thrash often serving as a base that the group is able to build off of. “Soul Retrieval” is a perfect example, as the first few minutes of the song have your typical blending of mid-tempo and fast paced thrash riffs that have a good deal of technicality to them. But after a slower break in the material where a quick symphonic bit is added in, the instrumentals break into an extremely fast assault that has more of a death metal feel before eventually heading right back to thrash. Similar transitions happen on the other tracks, and there are even some switches over to melodic passages that have power/prog leanings and hard rock grooves. The best part about all of this is that Destroyers of All has managed to make everything fit together, as all of the transitions sound natural and there isn’t a single moment that feels out of place. This definitely makes Into the Fire fun to listen to, and the combination of catchy hooks and constantly changing yet technically proficient instrumentation works quite well.

Vocalist João Mateus utilizes a screaming style that reminds me of a cross between thrash/groove metal and death metal. It’s slightly higher pitched and moves between different levels of distortion, sometimes hitting cleaner levels that are easier to make out. There are also some gruffer clean pitches that make an appearance at certain points but I wasn’t as crazy about these as they weren’t able to maintain the same level of intensity as the harsher styles. It makes sense that the band has tried to have a similar amount of variation to their vocal performance, especially when their instrumentals are constantly changing, but the cleaner ranges could still use some additional growth and for now the passages that stood out to me the most were the extremely harsh and higher pitched ones. Destroyers of All does have the mixing and production values down perfectly though, as the instrumentals and vocals are balanced in a way that helps them to enhance the overall energy level.

Some of the vocal work could use additional fine tuning, but overall Destroyers of All is an exciting group that has started off strong. The mixture of heavy hitting death metal and thrash with some mellower progressive and hard rock breaks works better than I was initially expecting, and the sense of discovery that is present throughout this EP makes it an enjoyable listen. Into the Fire’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of death metal or thrash as well as other styles, and hopefully it’s a sign of even greater things to come from a group that seems to be more ambitious than most.”

http://www.cosmosgaming.com/music/music-reviews/destroyers-of-all-into-the-fire/

 


 

“… a great first-step for this young band...”

“Into the Fire”, which showed up in my inbox unexpectedly yesterday,  is the debut-release from Portuguese act Destroyers Of  All. The band, which was formed back in 2011, shouldn’t be too hard to pin-down if you just go by their name and this EP’s wicked album art. If you’re stumped though here’s what these guys bring to the party: death/thrash. Ripping death/thrash as it were. With João Mateus on the mic (sounding quite a bit like he’s been possessed by the spirits of many a great 80’s death metal vocalists!) the band tears through this EP with rage and righteous conviction! Technically-speaking these guys are sound and throughout this EP they find ways to figure in bits of not only death and thrash, but progressive thrash, speed metal and even a thin slice of black metal. As this is the group’s first recording it’s even more impressive how tight the band is and how well-executed these tracks are.

Pinning down their sound would prove difficult though as I pick up on everything from early Sepultura to Testament along with the likes of later period Death, Pestilence, Sadus, Morbid Angel and early Death Angel. With a really solid production job (it always amazes me how some underground metal acts can pull off such profession sounding recordings on what must be shoe string budgets!) “Into the Fire” is a real winner and a great first-step for this young band. 

http://metalmark.blogspot.pt/2013/05/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-ep.html

 


 

“…a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal,  prog  and  hard  rock…”

Destroyers  Of  All  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal,  progressive  and  hard  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  released  2013  ep  “Into  The  Fire”.
Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for t he  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  album. Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  modern  thrash  and  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  melody,  black  metal,  prog  and  hard  rock  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  death/thrash  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  progressive  elements  of  the  ep. Vocals a re  mostly  death/thrash  metal  style  screams  and  growls  with  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metaphysical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album  with  some  of t he  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length. 
In  my  opinion  Destroyers  Of  All  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal,  prog  and  hard  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  “Soul  Retrieval”  and  “Astral  Projection”.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

http://hatredmeanswar4.blogspot.pt/2013/05/destroyers-of-allinto-fire2013-ep-review.html

 


 

“A good effort and eventually rattle your mushbrain…

This band is pretty heavy with this 6 songs Ep. The vocals are like Entombed with chunky riffs and brutal solos. The usual in terms of the vocals, sometimes the extended gargling making the result more extreme, these guys from Portugal keep it to the Thrash/Death style instead of going for the black metal sound an stuff. The songs are well played and in constantly extreme approach. A good effort and eventually rattle your mushbrain. Cool!!

http://www.aquelarrezine.blogspot.pt/2013/06/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-ep-2013.html



“A música do DESTROYERS OF ALL é rica em arranjos mais técnicos, muito peso e uma brutalidade opressiva…”

“Nos dias de hoje, para se chegar a algum lugar dentro cenário mundial do Metal, é preciso ter identidade. E é justamente ela que separa os grandes dos imitadores (por mais que os últimos se digam algo além de clones, mas não se enganem: palavras não substituem a essência), e podemos aferir que o quinteto DESTROYERS OF ALL, de Portugal, é um dos grandes, bastando uma audição apenas de “Into the Fire”, seu EP de estréia.

Apesar de já possuir dois anos de lançamento, o impacto causado pelo EP continua o mesmo, vindo de algo que podemos definir como Progressive Thrash Metal, ou seja, uma mistura bem técnica entre Thrash Metal com aspectos mais modernos e ferozes, uma técnica de alto nível, peso avassalador e melodias que dão corpo ao trabalho do quinteto. É algo bem diferente do que se ouve por aí, cheio de qualidade, técnica e bastante feeling (sim, pois a banda soa espontânea, e nada forçada ou mecânica) mas ainda assim, muito agressivo e bruto. Só cuidado com os tímpanos, pois exageros no volume vão deixá-los surdos com essa maravilhosa definição para caos sonoro moderno.

Um dos pontos fortes é a produção musical do EP. Sim, a banda conseguiu um equilíbrio muito bom entre peso, agressividade e limpeza, com tudo soando bem claro e com bons timbres, mas sempre pesado e muito abrasivo. E além desses fatores, a capa já é uma declaração do que a banda quer fazer em termos musicais.

A música do DESTROYERS OF ALL é rica em arranjos mais técnicos, muito peso e uma brutalidade opressiva, seja nos momentos mais velozes, seja em momentos mais cadenciados, mas é sempre de bom gosto, soando espontâneo e atual.

“Beginning of the End” é apenas uma introdução aterrorizante, e “Nothing Left” um calmo dedilhado de violões, mas as outras quatro faixas são para realmente fazer as paredes tremerem. Então, tomem cuidado com as reclamações de pais e vizinhos, além de evitarem problemas com as estruturas das casas ao redor da sua…

Soul Retrieval – Rasgada, azeda e cheia de momentos mais técnicos e melodiosos, onde guitarras e vocais mostram uma capacidade eclética, cheia de variações de tempos intrincados.

Into the Fire – Essa é um pouco mais direta que as outras, mas mesmo assim, bastante técnica e pesada, com arranjos de baixo e bateria excelentes.

M4 – Introduzida por cordas limpas e soturnas, logo vira um apocalipse de brutalidade e ótimas conduções nos bumbos. O ritmo mais cadenciado mostra um lado mais versátil de sua música, mais uma vez apresentando guitarras muito criativas nos riffs, além de momentos introspectivos muito opressivos.

Astral Projection – Outra canção bem variada e cheia de Groove moderno e pesado. Mas o que os vocais usam de timbres agressivos (mas preservando sempre a dicção) é algo absurdo.

A banda já se encontra preparando seu novo álbum, mas até lá, “Into the Fire” pode ser ouvido e baixado de graça no Bandcamp da banda (basta colocar o valor “0” na opção “name your price”).

Que venha logo o álbum!”

http://metalsamsara.blogspot.pt/2015/11/destroyers-of-all-into-fire-cd.html