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I think Germany just likes to show off: this summer all us football watching folk have been witnessing Deustchland’s national football team lay waste to their opponents in Euro 2012; the German chancellor watches, smirking, and counting her coins as the rest of Europe drowns in debt. Then they lower their metaphorical pants and proudly cradle their thrash metal meat ‘n’ two veg in full view of the dark music world. With some of the most violently thrashing bands of the genre, Germany’s metal scene, in all fairness, has much to shout about.
Judging them on District Destruction, Mortal Infinity is the latest billy big bollocks on the scene with not a small amount of hair. Like compatriots Sodom and Kreator before them, their debut album is chock full of stories of killing and visions of a blackened earth and anti-establishment to go with the heavy, aggressive riffs of excellent guitarists Sebastian Unrath and Thomas Harlander. Killer lines like, ‘The smell of death fucks your nose’ from the title track District Destruction are growled from frontman Marc Doblinger with clarity in his anger, before he goes on to say over the buzzing guitars and crashing drums of Radical Response ’Fucking anger crawls up my throat / My body is burning, my head explode’.
Fear ye not, thrash metal fans with a sunnier disposition. For in the final track, The Sound Of Brutality, Mortal Infinity has saved the best ‘til last. Encapsulating all that we love about thrash metal with the whipping guitar riffs the song is an anthem with its opening clout: 'yes, we are living for thrash metal / this riff comes straight to your face / your head is banging around / fuck yes you know this is the sound'.
A huge guitar sound, extreme power and evocative lyrics makes District Destruction a great thrash record. It’s definitely at the heavier end of the scale, stomping on a lot of their contemporaries and tickling (but not quite wearing) the leather gauntlets of their death metal cousins. Buy it, crank it, head bang it.