Sometimes an album comes along from out of nowhere by a band you have never heard of before that knocks you clean off your feet. Italy’s Destrage have created one such record: a wildly inventive and ungodly catchy mix of everything from pop-punk to mathcore that possesses familiar elements but never once sounds like anything except Destrage.
Destrage: Are You Kidding Me? No.
Unpredictable Italians tear up the metal rulebook
From opener D_estroy Create Transform Subliminate_ and Purania battering you like Sikth fronted by Perry Farrell and Devin Townsend to the title track that winds the album down in a sea of Meshuggah-esque time signatures and parping brass, Are You Kidding Me? No. grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go.
In a an often predictable music scene, Destrage are impossible to second-guess. It may be early to be talking about the discovery of the year, but the evidence is all too readily available.
You need this band in your life.