If you mix riffs that sound like latter day Disturbed
and chorus’s that are sung in the style in the more melodic style of Linkin Park
– then you get Destrophy, an alternative metal band from Iowa, whose song writing skills can put to shame most bands of the 21st century to shame. When a listener is presented with ten songs of pure metal mastery, it is a very special moment listening to this album; putting some of the songs on Cry Havoc to be some of the best songs of 2011 so far.
We hit a flying start to the album with track one “Cry Havoc”. Although the opening riff may sound a bit bland, it soon speeds through into a jumpy verse (Which strangely reminds we of a Phil Collins song) and sing along chorus where singer Ari Mihalopoulos powers through each note with his amazing metal voice and front man ego, adding energy and aggression to the song. Other songs like “Still Bleeding” and “What Would We Say” are perfect examples of the Linkin Park
spirit to the album. The musicianship is very melodic and when combined with the smoother vocals in the verses and the more powerful in the chorus, really shows just how diverse Destrophy are in each song!
If you want something a bit heavier out of an album, then there are still lots of ‘mosh pit’ moments on this album for you. When you listen to the heavily distorted guitar riffs you will automatically think: Disturbed
, Drowning Pool and OTEP (which is quite odd because Destrophy has opened for all of them). They will automatically get you jumping and banging your head like a mad man on speed. Tracks such as: “All My Life” show a beefier and punchier turn to the album making tracks like this able to be played live to either open or close a spectacular live show.
When you have been served up a hearty dose of killer heavy metal; you will be sad to know it only lasts for a very short 35 minutes... Yes
that’s right 35 minutes. Once Cry Havoc has finished there will be no doubt that you will be screaming “We Want More”. If Destrophy can create ten songs which are all killer and no filler, I am sure they could have gone that step further and add three or more four songs into the mix to make this album amazing!
Big things are yet to come from Destrophy and Cry Havoc is a huge step for the band making them one of the best bands of 2011.