Oxygen Destroyer – Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind (Review)

Oxygen Destroyer - Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of HumankindOxygen Destroyer are a blackened death/thrash metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Oxygen Destroyer play combination of death, black, and thrash metal that’s brutal and deadly. Across 29 minutes of material the band ply their monster-themed trade, and do so with breathless enthusiasm.

The songs are adrenaline-charged and furious, stopping short of descending into pure bestial war metal territories, but only just. The blackened vocals are savage and merciless in their intensity. Good riffs are everywhere, as are good solos and dark leads. The guitars are some of my favourite parts of the music for these reasons, but I also feel somewhat captivated by the drums too; these are textured and brutally nuanced.

Many of the riffs are frenzied and maniacal, but then you can equally say that about all aspects of the music I suppose. The band do show a bit of restraint in places though, allowing their spiky delivery to calm down enough in order to peel off a devastating mid-paced section, for example.

These songs are really good, it’s as simple as that. The mix of extreme metal that’s gone into this release has been handled very well. Vicious thrash underpins everything, but then ugly death metal and dirty black metal are thrown in to provide extra bite. Add to this an ability to actually write well and create songs that have memorable and sometimes even catchy elements, it just goes to show how good Oxygen Destroyer actually are at what they do.

If you’re in the market for some short and nasty blackened death thrash, then Sinister Monstrosities Spawned by the Unfathomable Ignorance of Humankind is better than most. Think of a mix of early Kreator and late 90s Exhumed, and you’ll have a rough idea of the fun to be had on this album.

Highly recommended.

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