“Never judge a book by its cover.” The infamous line that parents, teachers and, well, librarians have told us year after year, usually referring to judging people by how they look on the outside, their general facade, or in the latter case, quite literally by the book’s cover. In this case, the phrase will be used a little differently, this time in reference to Destruction of a King’s latest album Consumed. I wish I could judge them by the cover: everything about this album seems actually very good. The album art doesn’t make me question their validity; it even corresponds with the title. The production sound is of professional quality, and overall the songs keep my interest; only, of course, if you don’t hear the lyrics.
The lyrics, in my opinion, have always been the downfall of Destruction of a King. Take the song “All Day Everyday Fantasies,” where the words go something like (and by ‘something like’ I mean they are):
“I want to lay her down and show her what I’m about/
Let us start by playing and let me start by saying/
I want to hold her by the hips and start with a tender kiss/
I hit them digits one by one.”
Who can’t resist the insight? But seriously, the issue with the lyrics is that they seem to be misplaced. Perhaps Brokencyde lent them a hand with the writing on this one. Or maybe “AleXXX” bumped his head and forgot that metal music is usually categorized with metaphors (“I hit them digits” doesn’t count) of anger or something along the sort; but probably not, judging by the creative spelling of his name. In fact, even the commenters on streaming songs are replying with mixed reactions. About 50% hear all the sexual allusions (this half includes a vast majority of girls), and the other 50% concur that it is in fact, very brutal. Last time I checked, brutal breakdowns and sex did not go hand-in-hand.
But they are not completely wrong with this judgement. Consumed is in fact stark full of breakdowns and two-stepping good times. Destruction of a King is in no way untalented. The musicianship they exhibit proves that they are capable of coming up with something tolerable. The guitar riffs and drum work are comparable to that of Volumes’ at times and Of Mice and Men at others, complete with interesting leads and fast drum beats galore. The bass drops are only used to the point where you want to hear more of them, and the screams never feel forced or overdone- except maybe the echo work done in “E.M.S.” Overall the songs never have a dull moment, or stretch on longer than necessary.
Consumed has its highs and lows, but if you were a fan of their previous work on the self-titled album, you will also like this one. It includes many songs that were on that album, but also consists of new material, showcasing their improvements over this year. Their only sore spot is the lyrics, but who knows – miracles can happen.