Black/thrash is a beast that’s easy to screw up. It’s easy to think that the genre is always going to be good—after all, any band that plays really fast and evil riffs has to at least be fun, right?—but after decades of the stuff it’s become clear that just endlessly riffing on Bathory and Nifelheim can only take a band so far before they need to do something else to stand out. Sometimes that just means doing Nifelheim even better than all the other bands doing it, but Destructo take a different approach—throwing in massive hooks, heavy metal and rock melodies, and focusing on songs that really work on their own merits instead of as a sprint of insane noise.

Even the start of the first song, “Succubus,” points at what makes Demonic Possession so successful. An epic crescendo before the fiery assault of the song sets the mood brilliantly for the twists between demonic menace, archaic fury, and surprisingly well-integrated influences that range the gamut even into Brazilian deathcore (the 1980s stuff, not whatever you’re thinking!) and hardcore without feeling like intentional “variety” because of how well it all flows. Superior songwriting is an often underrated aspect of making this style of music work and Destructo have that in spades. And besides that, Rok did the artwork—how can you NOT want to pick up a copy?

Listen to an exclusive full premiere of Demonic Possession below:

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Demonic Possession releases November 19th via Dying Victims Production.

From the band (bolded for emphasis):

WE'RE THRILLED TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU SCUMFUKKS AND SATANIC SPEEDPUNKS THE DEVIL'S ROCK N ROLL!!!
WE WILL KEEP IT SHORT: DEMONIC POSSESSION IS BEST ENJOYED ON MAXIMUM VOLUME DURING THE ACT OF FORNICATION, MASTURBATION, AND INTOXICATION. FUKK OFF TO DEATH AND THANKS TO NO FUKKER.