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DESTRUCTION
DESTRUCTION
Bestial Invasion Of Hell
(Vic Records)
19:47min

Like many other classic demos, also DESTRUCTION's one and only "Bestial Invasion Of Hell" tape from 1984 has been bootleged countless times already until a first official re-release finally reared its ugly head as part of the 2 CD edition of the band's 2000 re-union album "All Hell Breaks Loose". Ever since that reunion the band has been more active than ever before and their constant touring and the release of new material of course also regained the interest in DESTRUCTION's old classics again. In that respect High Roller Records did a fantastic job with the re-release of their back catalogue earlier this year, followed by a great vinyl boxset of the aforementioned "Bestial Invasion Of Hell" demo via the small but fine Greek label Floga Records. Now Vic Records steps in and delivers the CD version of that boxset, which means you also get the same, newly mastered material (courtesy of Patrick W. Engel). But let's be honest: due to the rather poor recording quality of the original material you hardly notice any differences. The CD booklet contains a bunch of vintage pictures and liner notes (both courtesy of the guy in charge of this review), the 2 versions of the demo cover (the 2nd edition, which also serves as the CD cover here, also done back then by yours truly at the age of 18) as well as short statements from the three original members Schmier, Mike and Tommy. The 6 featured songs don't really need no introduction anymore since 'Mad Butcher', 'Total Desaster', 'Antichrist', 'Front Beast', 'Satan's Vengeance' and 'Tormentor' became eternal DESTRUCTION classics and all have been re-recorded at some point later in the band's career ('Front Beast' just most recently as part of the "Thrash Anthems II" album in 2017). The uncompromising, raw early versions still have a charme on their own after so many years though and Schmier's inexperienced vocal delivery never sounded as raw anymore on any other DESTRUCTION release to follow. So, for any die hard fan of the band, a DESTRUCTION collection is only complete with the "Bestial Invasion Of Hell" demo, no matter which version you prefer. More band info at www.facebook.com/destruction, label contact: www.vicrecords.com

Frank Stöver

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