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DEVASTATION
DEVASTATION
Dispensible Bloodshed
(Marquee Records)
170:51min

Dispensable is in the name, but indispensable is the game. DEVASTATION are an oft celebrated band of the old Death Metal scene. This boxset comprises of 3 single CDs that virtually contain everything DEVASTATION ever recorded, from the demos, to live recordings done in 1986 and 1987, and the previously unreleased full length, "Dispensable Bloodshed". The box comes with an additional sticker of the album artwork and a booklet with lots of old pics, flyers, lyrics, a band bio and thankslist plus short statements about DEVASTATION from respected scene veterans such as Jeff Becerra, Jonas Björler, Mitch Harris, Michael Amott, Fenriz and Johan Liiva (among others). Other bands of the time, such as IMPETIGO and DECEASED, were identifiably Death Metal bands, but they did, to some extent, sit in the middle of the bridge that connects Thrash and Death Metal. Ripping, is as good a description as any to clarify DEVASTATION's music. It's nasty, it's aggressive, it's Metal. The live tracks sound just as devastating, if you'll pardon the pun, as the demos. In fact, there's not much of a difference. Obviously, the give away is the roar of the crowd before and after the songs are played. DEVASTATION are no longer in business, and this boxed set is a pretty good indicator that will not be returning anytime soon. Collections like these are valuable reminders of the past. www.myspace.com/devastationchicago

Nathan Shapiro

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