You could call this beautiful chaotica.
While the term may sound a bit odd or downright dumb to some, this is what I thought of while listening to Destroyer Destroyer’s debut release, Littered With Arrows (Goodfellow Records). As it continued to blare through the stereo of my car, the opening track “Trial” leapt into a sadistic concoction of mind-numbing guitars and ear-piercing vocals. Oddly enough, if you look closer, you will find traces of something beautiful.
And this opening track is just 54 seconds long.
It says a lot when you try to make any kind of impression on a recording, be it good or bad, in such a short amount of time. The rest of this CD's 29 minutes of music consists of a collection of 12 songs that conjure up a juxtaposition of carefully arranged musical ideas – albeit with a bomb attached to each one.
With some songs clocking in at as little as 1:35 (“Dead Weight”), this CD tries to keep in line with the standards of grind music — keeping the songs short and very direct. But it also mines territory that is somewhat experimental. On the track “Number Cruncher,” the sound reminds me more of Between The Buried and Me, without the jazzy interludes. Vocally, Jamie Schnetzler brings out his inner Converge, keeping the high-pitched vocals intact. The off time guitars and drumming will also make any Daughters fan quite happy.
Bottom Line: If you want to experience a different form of heavy music to challenge your artistic and experimental urges — and you don’t mind a relentless amount of carefully crafted noise — then this record is a good start. DD’s bio page states, “…Littered With Arrows is no easy listen, but no one said extreme music was easy listening.” A very true statement indeed.