"Aloha Jihad" (Destruct-a-thon / This is Thrashachusetts; 2008)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

After the first 30 seconds of Destruct-a-thon’s title track I had the feeling that the band was cut from the same cloth as another Massachusetts band, Kilgore. But that’s not really the case, as Destruct-a-thon bring hardcore’s simple sensibilities, metalcore’s aggression, and a metallic sheen into clear view. It might be best to consider Destruct-a-thon an update on the Kilgore sound as a decade’s worth of evolution has made the diversity in extreme music a bit more evident. Groove, not necessarily breakdowns, is a big part of Destruct-a-thon’s sound as demonstrated by the two main tracks (title track and “Consume with Incisor”).

This EP includes a cover of Bravado’s “Heart Attack” which explodes in the same way one expects an Overcast song to leap out of the speakers.

The “Aloha Jihad” EP is a great introduction to a talented new band.

“Aloha Jihad” was produced by Destruct-a-thon and mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Connelly.

Destruct-a-thon is Duncan Wilder Johnson on vocals, Michele Morgan on guitar and vocals, Sean Linehan on bass, and Eric O’Brien on drums. Ed Bredenberg on second guitar on all tracks.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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