Destroyer Destroyer - Littered with Arrows (Cover Artwork)

Destroyer Destroyer

Destroyer Destroyer: Littered with ArrowsLittered with Arrows (2007)
Goodfellow Records

Reviewer Rating: 1

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Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‚??music' as "the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b: vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony."

Under this description, it is with great certainty, and a great big goddamn headache, that I can say Destroyer Destroyer's Littered with Arrows is not ‚??music' as the dictionary has defined it. The key words in that definition are unity and continuity, two elements common of ‚??music' that could not be found anywhere on this half-hour shriek fest.

Like one randomly strewn together collection of low-end guitar tones and painfully shrill vocals, this album couldn't be farther from continuity. Yes, one could take the fact that the entire album sounds like a single song as continuity, but continuity implies that something follows a clear and efficient course, what this album exercises is connectivity. And last time I checked, this review was about a terrible album, not Legos.

And it really seems that DD went with the tried-and-true Lego building methodology of the more pieces you pile on and the bigger you make things, the better the end result will be. It may not be an Apache helicopter as the box originally showed, but it will be a flying vehicle that launches 47 different types of lasers, and really, who doesn't like lasers? But now that I'm successfully a few miles from the point, and I myself am losing review continuity, I'd say it's about time to clearly detail why this record fails.

And that's as simple as them writing checks that their instruments can't cash. Is it impressive that the band can play as fast as they can with such complex and constantly shifting song structures? Yes. Yes it is, but unless I missed the part where that made for a good song, somebody will have to explain to me why "Daddy Long Legs" is comprised of nothing more than blazing chord progressions to slow, pounding bass drumming and back again with a shriek or two thrown in wherever it was the band thought it would fit. The song clocks in at no longer than a minute and a half, but in that duration it seems that three years of your life were zapped away; you're stuck in a musical limbo where 45 seconds through the song sounds identical to 8 seconds through the song and 1:12 through the song.

If you add to this the fact that the preceding paragraph could just as easily apply to the next song, the song after that, and so on, you'll understand exactly where I'm coming from.

Because all I know after this record is that, where I'm coming from, and where this band is headed, are two destinations that could not be further apart.


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saltwaterdickslap (October 16, 2012)

I'll assume you must have listened to this album only once. I thought this album was a train wreck of pulverizing noise and random shrieks my first listen through but the more I listened the more I realized just how genius it was. These guys are insanely talented musicians who's formulas for songwriting can't be matched. As silly as it sounds, it takes an enormous amount of skill to write and play music as insanely fucked up as theirs is. This album no longer sounds the way it used to, I understand every bit of what's going on and I absolutely fucking love it.

necrobot (August 22, 2010)

I literally made an account on this site so i could have a say on this. Is there something wrong with you? 1 star? jesus, i can only imagine what kind of ignorant idiot you must be. Did you maybe miss the intense poly-rhythms crossing over and under? This record is nothing short of genius. I've never heard anything like it, they've seriously pushed the limit on this one. I'm not one to judge on someone's musical preference but if you're going to review an album, next time.. please do it on what it is, not what it isn't.. or what YOU want it to be.

damnitsderek (January 16, 2008)

To those of you saying someone doesn't "get" this kind of music: do you understand that you sounded like the biggest dicks on the planet?

But this comment:
legos are one of the few things that truely make life worth living.

Well, that just made my day.

SloaneDaley (January 13, 2008)

webster's dictionary also defines "cliché" as using dictionary definitions as introductions to critical writing.

cliché maybe but it also allows the writer to establish well defined boundaries so even those with minimal knowledge of the subject are provided with a framework to help avoid a lot of "but what about..." and "you could also say..." arguments that arise.

Jesus_H_Christ (January 13, 2008)

This band is like a lame version of the Locust without said band's amusing lyrics and artwork.

denbez (January 12, 2008)

"Wah I don't understand this record wah wah wah it sucks!"


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sugarfull (January 12, 2008)

I listened to the stuff on their myspace, and I would disagree with your estimation regarding the lack of harmony; the songs are not exactly excellently written, but they are pretty good for a tech metal band, and to not notice the recurring elements in each song is simply due to lazy listening.

xote (January 11, 2008)

Harsh review this guy just doesnt get this kinda stuff I assume. Thats fine though.

sumwon (January 11, 2008)

There is nothing less creative than following a word with the exact same word.

wallofyouth (January 11, 2008)

webster's dictionary also defines "cliché" as using dictionary definitions as introductions to critical writing

kevinh (January 11, 2008)

I actually can kinda dig their spastic instrumentation, but the vocals on this record are atrocious. And don't get me wrong, I can get into really high pitched raspy vocals, but this guy clearly can't hit that high point at all. He's not screaming, his voice is cracking and it's horrible.

brown (January 11, 2008)

legos are one of the few things that truely make life worth living.

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