A voracious assault on the senses, the music is classic thrash in the vein of the late ‘80s. Technically intense riffs infused with a murky static.

I love discovering new music but it just isn’t what it used to be. Back in the day, we’d frequent record stores looking for new metal. Aside from picking the groups with the best album covers or most grotesque names, we’d look at the labels the music was released on. One of the most prolific metal labels was Combat Records. Established in 1983, Combat was an American based independent distributor for a Sony owned company called; Important Record Distributors. A lot of great bands released their music though Combat: Megadeth, Exodus, Savatage, Nuclear Assault as well as a little known act from Corpus Christi, Texas named Devastation.

Devastation’s Signs of Life (1989) is a speedy effort. A voracious assault on the senses, the music is classic thrash in the vein of the late ‘80s. Technically intense riffs infused with a murky static. With vocals reminiscent of Dark Angel’s Don Doty, the effort became something truly worthy. The soulless laments of Rodney Dunsmore are a perfect fit for this style. His rapid pace is almost hardcore in nature, topping an aggressive thrash attack that borders on modern death metal. Highlight tracks for me are: “Eye For An Eye”. “Signs Of Life”, “Tomorrow We Die” and “Escape To Violence”.

Its unfortunate Devastation never got the chance to properly progress. The group’s highly acclaimed follow up effort, Idolatry (1991), was produced by metal legend Scott Burns. We can’t relive the golden age of metal but we can listen to it. Devastation’s Signs of Life is a solid effort that deserves a chance to live again. A reissue of Signs of Life and Idolatry are available now via Punishment 18 Records. Check out these gratifying releases and treasure that thrashy vibe within you! \m/

Devastation (1989):

Rodney Dunsmore – Vocals

Dave Burk – Guitars

Henry Elizondo – Guitars

Louis Carrisalez – Drums

Edward Vasquez – Bass

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