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Storm Of Steel
(Auburn Records)

This is typical Auburn Records. While other labels try to cash in on their bands as much as they can, the Medina, Ohio homebase of 80s Metal cult acts such as BREAKER, SHOK PARIS, PURGATORY and of course DESTRUCTOR (to name but a few) prefers to unleash no less than seven (!!) songs for the ridiculous low price of an EP! Oh Bill, this way you will never get rich and famous, hahaha. Anyway, so as usual with Auburn releases, value for money here again, accompanied with first class ripping Metal! I actually never really understood why "Maximum Destruction", the debut full length of DESTRUCTOR, didn't establish the band internationally in a bigger way. Should we blame it on the cover picture? Who knows?! Musically speaking DESTRUCTOR have always been a good address for fans of thrashy Power Metal (powerful Thrash?) and their songs easily stood the test of time as you can once more check out on this EP yourself. The title track 'Storm Of Steel' should be known to longtime fans of the band already as it was originally featured on the legendary Auburn Records cassette compilation "Heavy Artillery" and has been a part of the DESTRUCTOR live set for many many years. It is featured three times on here. There's the original compilation version from 1990, then a live version, recorded at Auburn's 20th Anniversary festival in 2004 and a brand new 2007 studio version. If you compare them all (especially both studio recordings), you will most certainly agree that you don't recognize the 17 years (that have passed in between) at all! DESTRUCTOR still know to pull it off in the same way as in their early days and that's pretty amazing, considering the fact that almost every band of that long existence period delivers rather shitty releases nowadays (no need to mention any names here). The EP also features a killer live version of 'Sonic Bullet' (yes, the sound quality is excellent on both live songs, in case you need to know), a previously unreleased demo version of 'We Are Ready' (recorded during the sessions for "Forever Leather", DESTRUCTOR's upcoming new full length) and two brand new studio songs ('Tear Down The Heavens' and 'World Of War'), that will also appear on "Forever Leather". Very promising material, that should easily please longtime fans of the band. And if the whole new album will live up to them (which I suppose, it does) we should all be looking forward to it! Originally this EP was meant to be a limited edition release for the "Keep It True" festival in Germany (where they sold a whole lot of this I've been told!), but feel free to contact Auburn nevertheless. Maybe they still have some copies left for you:

Frank Stöver

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