In the late '70s and early '80s, punk rock fell into two main categories: angry sociopolitical agitators (the Dead Kennedys, the Clash, T.S.O.L.) and more escapist bands like the Ramones, the Dickies, and the Damned. The Suicide Machines essentially fall into the latter category. Recalling punk's glory years but sometimes adding touches of ska and reggae, Destruction by Definition is an CD characterized by its infectiousness and reckless sense of fun more than anything. While some sociopolitical observations can be heard on "SOS" and "No Face," it's clear that the Machines' main goal is to provide some rowdy entertainment. Destruction by Definition is a sneering, loud-and-proud delight that those who fancy punk's more fun side shouldn't overlook.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson