When Destruction lost its original bassist/singer Schmier due to internal conflicts, everyone thought Destruction was, well, 'destroyed'. When this album came out, it was given some unfairly low scores just because 'it wasn't the same'.
I frankly do like and recommend this album, and while Andre Grieder (Schmier's replacement) has a raspier singing style, I find it fits this CD perfectly. Every thing that metalheads like about Destruction is here. Brilliant guitar riffs and twin leads a la Iron Maiden, heavy pounding drumming, and solid music structure.
Yes, some of their lyrics sound rather cartoonish and funny, since some words are put on their songs just so that they rhyme with each other; for those who don't know, they are from Germany and their English has been better than average, but never perfect. The other thing that bothers me about this album is that the last two tracks ("No Need To Justify" and "When Your Mind Was Free"), while not bad, both are mid-paced and sound like each other. They should have shuffled them differently, so that we wouldn't have 2 similar tracks in a row.
However, taking these facts out of the picture, there is no denying that they have kept their musical integrity and intensity INTACT, unlike a certain band that starts with an 'M' that has 'Load-ed' and 'Reload-ed' fans with toned down, generic music that screams 'sellouts'(hint...they are lawsuit-happy).
I highly recommend this album for the first-timer, as well as for the veteran Destruction fan. Tracks to check out: "Cracked Brain", "Frustrated", "Die a Day Before You're Born", and a great, faster cover of The Dickies' "My Sharona".