Sirens blare….panic ensues….the windswept ashen horror of nuclear armageddon awaits and the beasts have awakened! Seattle death/thrashers Oxygen Destroyer are here and they’re stomping their way to your front door….with Godzilla (in all his forms), Mothra, Destoroyah, Rodan and Biollante in tow!
With themes of nuclear warfare and the ignorance of mankind high on the agenda, Oxygen Machine may be drawing from the Japanese Kaiju films of the 50’s and 60’s but these subjects could not be more prescient in 2018. Subject matter is one thing, but with late 80’s thrash and early 90’s death metal jousting and jostling as Oxygen Destroyer go about their business with earth-shattering proficiency, the music more than matches the concept. In fact, this brute only grows in stature as the album progresses, culminating in the vicious and pummelling “Atomic Breath”; a fitting end to a devastating collection of unstoppable songs.
The bestial vocals of Jordan Farrow recall the cacophony of early Sodom and Kreator but there’s also an unwavering commitment to honouring the work of Order From Chaos, Impiety and Blasphemy; a blackened thrash/death modus operandi which marks out Oxygen Destroyer as a band with one hell of a future (as long as the aftermath of an atomic bomb doesn’t fuck up their chances).
With Bestial Manifestations of Malevolence and Death, Oxygen Destroyer have delivered an onslaught of unstoppable death/thrash, wantonly destroying everyone and everything in their path; without mercy or hesitation. This rampaging beast of an album will take your breath away! 8/10