Destruction by Definition

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Destruction by Definition
The Suicide Machines - Destruction by Definition cover.jpg
Studio album by The Suicide Machines
Released May 21, 1996
Recorded November-December 1995 At A&M Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Ska punk
Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Melodic hardcore
Length 37:16
Label Hollywood
Producer Julian Raymond, Phil Kaffel, The Suicide Machines
The Suicide Machines chronology
Destruction by Definition
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Destruction by Definition is the debut album by the Detroit, Michigan punk rock band The Suicide Machines, released in 1996 by Hollywood Records. It was the band's first full-length album and established their presence in the mid-1990s punk rock mainstream revival. The album's musical style blends elements of hardcore punk and ska, which contributed to the band's style being described as ska punk or "skacore." Music videos were filmed for the singles "No Face" and "S.O.S.," with "No Face" reaching #31 on Billboard's Modern Rock charts.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Suicide Machines except where noted

  1. "New Girl" – 2:03
  2. "S.O.S." – 2:25
  3. "Break the Glass" – 3:08
  4. "No Face" – 1:53
  5. "Hey" – 2:35
  6. "Our Time" – 2:06
  7. "Too Much" – 2:07
  8. "Islands" – 2:04
  9. "The Real You" – 2:01
  10. "Face Values" – 1:21
  11. "Punk Out" – 2:56
  12. "Vans Song" – 2:37
  13. "Insecurities" – 1:51
  14. "Inside/Outside" – 1:48
  15. "Zero" – 1:48
  16. "So Long" – 4:26 / "I Don't Wanna Hear It" (written & originally performed by Minor Threat)


Album information[edit]

  • Record label: Hollywood Records
  • Produced by Julian Raymond, Phil Kaffel, and The Suicide Machines
  • All songs written by The Suicide Machines except "I Don't Wanna Hear It" by Minor Threat
  • Recorded November-December 1995 by Phil Kaffel with assistance by Alex Reed and Krish Sharma
  • Mixed January 1996 at Conway Studios by Jerry Finn with assistance by Shawn O'Dwyer
  • Art direction by Todd Gallopo
  • Design by Todd Gallopo and The Suicide Machines
  • Lyrics drawn by Jef Petruczkowycz
  • Back cover art by Steve Toth
  • Photos by Bob Alford


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2007-03-19.