Destroy Destroy Destroy
|Destroy Destroy Destroy|
Jeremiah Scott in 2014, performing with Demon Hunter
|Years active||2003-Present (on Hiatus)|
|Labels||Black Market Activities|
|Associated acts||The Showdown|
|Website||Destroy Destroy Destroy|
|Past members||Alex Gillette
Eric W. Brown
Destroy Destroy Destroy is an American heavy metal band formed in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in late February 2003. With a line-up of Brian Kemp (vocals), Jeremiah Scott (guitar), and Andrew Hall (drums), they began writing songs; Soon thereafter, Destroy Destroy Destroy completed their outfit with Way Barrier (guitar), Adam Phillips (bass), and Brian Shorter (keyboards). The group then, started playing shows locally and recorded a self-financed EP, entitled Kill or Be Killed. They have released two studio albums, Devour the Power (2006) and Battle Sluts (2009), both through Black Market Activities.
The band defines their sound as a blend of "elements from the early thrash metal and glam metal bands of the 1980s and 1990s, to the current sounds of Scandinavian melodic death metal and viking metal bands of today." Destroy Destroy Destroy played their first show in a pizzeria as opening band for Mastodon.
Musical style and influences
Destroy Destroy Destroy's musical style was described by critics with a variety of music genres, such as, melodic death metal, power metal, symphonic black metal, thrash metal, and viking metal. Chad Bowar of About.com, defined Destroy Destroy Destroy as a "versatile band, which incorporates many genres into their sound" and that "their songs are sometimes orchestral and majestic with lots of keyboards, and other times harsh and intense with blast beats and breakdowns." Bowar noted Destroy Destroy Destroy's musical traits, stating, "The Viking influence comes with spoken word interludes and lyrics talking about battles, mythical beasts and lost worlds. Destroy Destroy Destroy also has a lot of Bay Area thrash influences along with European melodic death stylings. Power metal is another genre their music encompasses with frenetic guitar shredding, epic arrangements and atmospheric keyboards."
Allmusic writer Alex Henderson, stated that Devour the Power "would have been identified as a power metal-oriented disc with progressive metal influences, some thrash [metal] parts and some black metal-style blast beats." Even defining Destroy Destroy Destroy as a symphonic black metal act, Henderson observed, "Battle Sluts, like other symphonic black metal discs, was not recorded with black metal purists in mind; Destroy Destroy Destroy aren't pretending to be Gorgoroth or Marduk, and melody is a high priority throughout this Viking-themed outing."
Although the band is native of Tennessee, their music "employ the techniques and styles of metal made popular in Europe", specifically the Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden, and/or Finland—with a "Nordic-sound", blending "melody and aggression". Destroy Destroy Destroy is compared to bands like Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, Manowar, Judas Priest, and Dream Theater, citing as influence Metallica and Pantera.
- Studio albums
- Kill or Be Killed (2003)
- Chris Bazor – lead vocals (2009-present)
- Way Barrier – lead guitar (2003-present)
- Jeremiah Scott – rhythm guitar (2003-present) (Demon Hunter, The Showdown)
- Adam Phillips – bass (2003-present) (Pro-Pain)
- Andrew Core – drums (2009-present)
- Brian Shorter – keyboard (2007-present)
- Eric W. Brown – Drums (2004-2008) (Swashbuckle)
- Andrew Hall- Drums (ex-The Showdown) (2003-2004)
- David Shaw - Drums (2008-2009)
- Jessica Lambert - Keyboards (2006)
- Alex Gellette- Keyboards (2003-2006)
- Keith Williams- Keyboards (2006)
- Courtney Edwards - Keyboards (2006-2008)
- Bryan Kemp- Vocals (2003-2009)
- "The Legend of Destroy Destroy Destroy". Middle Tennessee State University. Archived from the original on May 2, 2005. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
- "About Destroy Destroy Destroy". MySpace. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
- "Interview with Way Barrier". Ibanez. August 6, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- Henderson, Alex. "Devour the Power–Review". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- Bowar, Chad. "Review, Battle Sluts". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- Bowar, Chad. "Review, Devour the Power". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
- Henderson, Alex. "Battle Sluts–Review". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- Kurosu, Jason (January 9, 2009). "Tennessee metalheads Destroy to the third power". Highlander Newspaper. College Publisher. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
- "Interview with Jeremiah Scott". Ibanez. August 1, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2009.