Review of the Album "Summoning the Malicious" by the Dutch Thrash Metal Band Formerly Known As Distillator
Distillator is a thrash metal band from The Netherlands. I had just recently discovered the discography of this Dutch thrash metal band in the summer of 2019. Yes, I know that The Netherlands isn’t one of the first European nations that most people think of when it comes to thrash metal. Note: as of September 1, 2020, the band has changed their name to Cryptosis but for the meantime we will write this review under their former name of Distillator.
Some Basic Information about Distillator from The Netherlands
Origin: Enschede, the Netherlands
Genre: thrash metal with melodic influences ranging from Helstar, Kreator & others
- Laurens Houvast: guitars and lead vocals
- Frankie Suim: bass guitars
- Marco Prij: drums
The Song Blinded by Chauvinism Shows How Awesome This Album is
Right in the start of the album, these guys show that they don’t mess around as the song called Blinded by Chauvinism is dominated exclusively with speed as the drums complement this song as the riffing continues incessantly in this great opener! Lyrically, the song is about what happens in nations where there is much political upheaval as revolutions take place and there is rampant police brutality. This is the song that I’ve started off the last several mornings with and this one has high energy written all over it. THIS is how to write quality thrash metal and begin an album! It may seem like I will be going off on a tangent here, but can Megadeth or most of these American bands in the 2010’s get a start to an album like this? More than likely they don’t have the capability to get a solid start like this because their creative skills aren’t where they used to be.
"Blinded by Chauvinism"
Distillator Shows Why They Are One of Europe's Best Bands
"Mechanized Existence" is a song about how technology allows us to store much information on a microchip and sometimes it is supervised and organized by outside forces unknown to us. The speed in this second song is FAST as heck so this is faster than the band Slayer and they compete with Brazil’s Sepultura as well. I could most likely listen through heavy metal albums that are released by European bands compared to US metal bands these days because European metal especially thrash metal has better skill and technique compared to US thrash metal bands. The songs are said to build on the concept of being free because is freedom just an illusion? The media is said to be really skilled at brainwashing its population and sadly this has become the case especially here in the United States. Summoning the Malicious is also the title track and the start of this song sounds like the beginning of the song Edenspring by Dark Tranquillity in a certain sense until the tune changes. "Estates of the Realm" sounds stylistically like Slayer and a modern version of Metallica during the Death Magnetic era.
Even More Reasons Why Distillator Is Such a Great Band
Of course, Distillator has a long way to go before they even get into the status of these more famous bands assuming they ever do but if they don’t they will be a forgotten gem of a band in some respects. The song "Algorithmic Citizenship" is another example of the creative brilliance of this band as the bass guitar is infused with the guitar to create a rather interesting combination of music. Through the first listen of this album I became convinced that while Summoning the Malicious isn’t a perfectly written thrash metal release, it is darn near close to that and the first song "Blinded by Chauvinism" helps this album’s greatness in a big way.
Final Thoughts on This Musical Masterpiece!
"Stature of Liberty" lyrically is a more modernized version of the song “The American Way” as the idea of freedom is being eroded before our very eyes. King of Kings lyrically is about the event known as Operation Ajax back in 1953 as the CIA and MI6 instigated a coup which led to the ousting of democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Well this wraps up the review of an excellent thrash metal album which has very little wrong with it! Every single song on Summoning the Malicious is GOOD!
© 2019 Ara Vahanian