Destruction Unit

Self Destruction of a Man

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A fitfully entertaining mix of hardcore punk (Ryan Wong's hoarse, shouted vocals, the alternately speedy and thudding tempos) and retro-new wave art damage (the synthesizers and drum machines that color the songs, the megaphone-like distortion applied to almost all of Wong's vocals), the full-length debut by Destruction Unit sounds like what happens when a bunch of third-generation punk rockers discover Throbbing Gristle. Rather like Nine Inch Nails -- a band that Destruction Unit otherwise sounds absolutely nothing like -- this Arizona-based trio makes music that's a lot more "normal" than bandmembers probably care to admit to. At heart, there's little in these ten brief songs that's particularly harsh or disturbing; they're mostly just catchy little punk songs dressed up in trendier fashions. Self Destruction of a Man isn't a bad listen, but it's not a challenging one, either.

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