Destruction Made Simple

Terror Stricken Youth

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You've got to admire a young band that gains a slot on the Warped tour by simply showing up uninvited and refusing to leave, especially when that band exhibits ensemble chops and a song sense that recall early Bad Brains. There are punk bands out there that need to scream more and punk bands that need to scream less, but few that understand both the importance of good screaming and the fact that your craft has to go well beyond screaming. Like Bad Brains did 20 years ago, the five Mexican-American guys in Destruction Made Simple belie their age on their debut album by delivering songs that are fiery, fast, tight, and powerful. Lyrically, they've got some work to do -- lines like "Troubled times destroy sunshine causes toil on my soil" ("Medicine") and "Iron bars like Auschwitz cremate your conflict" ("Blackbird Trail") communicate a general irritability but not much in the way of focused rage, let alone constructive commentary. If they had less guts they could fudge the issue by burying their vocals in the mix, but to their credit they care more about their message than that, and the vocals are right up front and carefully enunciated. When they can clarify their message as effectively as they've clarified their sound, they'll be a force to be reckoned with. For now, Destruction Made Simple is just one more very good hardcore band in need of a little bit of focus.

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