Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No. (2014)

Destrage - Are You Kidding Me No

“Some people might say that they threw everything into this album but the kitchen sink, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you actually heard the running of water somewhere in the background. “Purania” features a cabaret section, which just goes right into death metal vocals… and some other things. This disc is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. And believe me; I go out looking for the weird shit on purpose. I’ve never heard anything even remotely close to the oddity here. Not even Unexpect gets this bizarre.

Alright, so maybe I misspoke a little on that statement. Not to put the proverbial foot in mouth, but as I listened to the disc a little further, I noticed some quite normal chorus-laden soundscapes which were still a little rambunctious, although clean and technical. There are still interesting ideas on some of the tracks, like “Where The Things Have No Colour” and the album’s title track and closer, but for the most part it seems to be a mix of Dillinger, Animals As Leaders and progressive rock experiments like featured on the latter King Crimson discs. I will say that these guys definitely know their way around a guitar however and cannot deny that they’ve got obvious musical talent which definitely got noticed by the right people. This is definitely the kind of thing that would fit well in the scene and bring about a breath of fresh air. Hell, you might even go on to say that Destrage is the next Dillinger Escape Plan. They’re very similar and Destrage take the mathcore influence much further and to a much more bizarre extent. If this sounds good to you on paper, then it’s probably going to sound just as good when it’s confusing the living hell out of your eardrums. This is the kind of ADD and Asperger’s fest that some people will absolutely love and feel speaks to them in ten thousand different tongues. But that’s just to show how much potential Destrage have. Though I don’t think the album has made itself known in the metal scene yet, it soon will. And I think that people will take notice of this and I’ll see it posted all over my Facebook feeds as soon as they do. Even if you don’t like the approach, you’ve got to respect what they’ve done with this mental patient of a record…”

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