The Destroyer (Part 1)

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The Destroyer (Part 1)
TR-ST - The Destroyer - 1 cover art.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Genre
Length31:49
Label
Producer
TR/ST chronology
Joyland
(2014)
The Destroyer (Part 1)
(2019)
The Destroyer (Part 2)
(2019)
Singles from The Destroyer (Part 1)
  1. "Bicep"
    Released: July 13, 2017
  2. "Gone"
    Released: February 5, 2019
  3. "Unbleached"
    Released: February 21, 2019
  4. "Grouch"
    Released: March 21, 2019
  5. "Colossal"
    Released: April 4, 2019
  6. "Control Me"
    Released: April 19, 2019

The Destroyer (Part 1) is the third studio album by Canadian electronic music project TR/ST, fronted by Robert Alfons. It is the first half of the two-part album with the same title.[1] It was released on April 19, 2019 by Royal Mountain Records and his own record label Grouch.[2][3][4] The album features contributions from Maya Postepski, his collaborator on TR/ST's debut studio album, TRST, as well as Lars Stalfors and Damian Taylor.[5] It is his first release in which he is not credited as Trust.[6]

Background and release[edit]

After the end of the tour supporting his last album, Joyland, Alfons started to work on his third studio album. He commented that "after the first and second record and touring, I was really sort of depleted and I definitely needed to regroup."[1] The artist described the process of creating the album as "healing myself and then experimenting with different ideas about what a song I would put out would be."[1]

In July 2017, Robert Alfons released "Bicep", the first single promoting the album.[7]

On February 5, 2019, Alfons announced the third studio album, alongside its title, release date, artwork and tracklist.[5] On the same day, the artist released the second single, "Gone", promoting the album.[1]

On February 21, 2019, Robert Alfons released the third single off The Destroyer – Part 1, "Unbleached", that was premiered on The Fader, followed by the fourth single, "Grouch", released a month later.[8][9]

The fifth single, "Colossal", was premiered on BrooklynVegan on April 4, 2019. It is one of the five tracks that Robert Alfons worked on with his collaborator on TR/ST's debut album, Maya Postepski. Alfons commented that the song is "such a special collab" and added that it was written "while in different parts of the world."[10]

Composition[edit]

The Destroyer (Part 1) is an industrial, experimental music[11] and cold wave[12] album.

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album, Alfons was on a tour in Europe and North America that began on April 9, 2019.[1]

Date City Country Venue
April 9, 2019 London England The Steel Yard
April 11, 2019 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz
April 12, 2019 Madrid Sala Caracol
April 13, 2019 Paris France Le Bababoum
April 15, 2019 Amsterdam Netherlands Bitterzoet
April 17, 2019 Copenhagen Denmark Vega
April 19, 2019 Berlin Germany Urban Spree
April 20, 2019 St. Petersburg Russia MOD
April 21, 2019 Moscow Pluton
April 26, 2019 Toronto Canada Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 27, 2019 Montreal Corona Theatre
May 1, 2019 Boston United States Brighton Music Hall
May 3, 2019 Brooklyn Elsewhere
May 4, 2019 Philadelphia Underground Arts
May 5, 2019 Washington U Street Music Hall
May 9, 2019 Detroit El Club
May 10, 2019 Chicago Lincoln Hall
May 11, 2019 Minneapolis Fine Line Music Cafe
May 14, 2019 Portland Wonder Ballroom
May 15, 2019 Seattle Neumos
May 17, 2019 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
May 18, 2019 Los Angeles The Fonda Theatre
June 7–9, 2019 Austin Austin Terror Fest

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[13]
Exclaim!7/10[14]
The 4057/10[15]

The Destroyer (Part 1) received positive reviews. Heather Phares of AllMusic opined that "it's Alfons' most accomplished work yet" and compared it to project's previous releases as a "more calculated work". She added that the album is "both ambitious and intimate, and the care Alfons took in making and introducing the album to the world via a slow trickle of singles also extends to its craft", while rating it 4 out of 5.[13] Kamryn Feigel of Slug described the album as "unique twist on experimental music" and added that it's "industrial, dark and danceable, all at once."[11]

Lisa Sookraj of Exclaim! rated the album 7 out of 10 while writing in her review that The Destroyer (Part 1) "offers less consistently urgent, fat danceability than previous TR/ST releases, but it is equally passionate and alluring" and called it "mature."[14] In his review for The 405, Francisco Gonçalves Silva declared that Alfons "constructed a narrative that represents him and shines a light into his perseverance and determination to accept his thoughts, come clean and now being ready for a new beginning."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski, except tracks 2, 4 and 7, written by Alfons.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Colossal"
5:10
2."Gone"
  • Alfons
  • Stalfors[a]
3:35
3."Unbleached"
  • Alfons
  • Postepski[a]
  • Stalfors[b]
3:38
4."Bicep"4:37
5."Grouch"
  • Alfons
  • Postepski[a]
  • Stalfors[b]
3:33
6."Poorly Coward"
  • Alfons
  • Postepski[a]
  • Stalfors[b]
3:56
7."Control Me"
  • Alfons
  • Stalfors[a]
3:54
8."Wake With"
  • Alfons
  • Postepski[a]
3:26

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Destroyed – Part 1.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Graff, Gary (5 February 2019). "TR/ST Returns With 'Gone' From Two-Part 'Destroyer' Project: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. ^ "TR/ST - The Destroyer - 1". Rough Trade. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. ^ Alfons, Robert (April 19, 2019). "Post". Instagram. @alfons_robert.
  4. ^ Dubiks (6 February 2019). "TR/ST Announces New LP 'The Destroyer', Shares New Single 'Gone' (Listen Now)". Dubiks. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Alfons, Robert (5 February 2019). "Post". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ Thiessen, Biock (July 13, 2017). "TR/ST "Bicep"". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Darville, Jordan (July 13, 2017). "TR/ST Flex Serious Industrial-Pop Muscle On "Bicep"". The Fader. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ Darville, Jordan (February 21, 2019). "TR/ST's new song "Unbleached" is industrial-rave perfection". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  9. ^ TR/ST OFFICIAL (March 21, 2019). "TR/ST - Grouch". Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Pearis, Bill (April 4, 2019). "listen to TR/ST's new single "Colossal"". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Feigel, Kamryn (May 2, 2019). "TR/ST – The Destroyer – 1 – SLUG Magazine". Slug. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  12. ^ LeSuer, Mike (August 29, 2019). "PREMIERE: TR/ST Change Directions on "Destroyer"". Flood. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Phares, Heather (April 19, 2019). "The Destroyer, Vol. 1 - TR/ST". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Sookraj, Lisa (April 16, 2019). "TR/ST The Destroyer - 1". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  15. ^ a b Silva, Francisco Gonçalves (May 19, 2019). "Review: TR/ST return on the first part of his double-album The Destroyer". The 405. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  16. ^ The Destroyer – Part 1 (liner notes). TR/ST. Grouch. 2019. GRCH01CD.CS1 maint: others (link)