Introducing ‘Instruction For Destruction’, the 2nd album from Comaniac, thrash metal from Switzerland. Comaniac began in 2012, releasing their 1st demo, ‘Cowshed Demo’, to widespread acclaim. Their 2nd release, ‘Turnor Troop’, came just a few months later. It was on the back of the success of this release that they secured support slots throughout Switzerland and Europe, with well-known bands such as Coroner, Exodus and Kreator.
In early 2015, they launched their debut album, ‘Return To The Wasteland’, deemed by numerous international e-zines as, ‘the thrash highlight of 2015’. Playing their 1st tour in Croatia, they also played the famous MetalDays Fest, in Slovenia, from where their reputation grew. Following public demand, ‘RTTW’ was re-issued, on American label, Stormspell Records.
In April 2017, this, their 2nd album, is due for release, on SAOL Records, proving musical growth and rare recognition of their skill base. ‘Instruction For Destruction’ ‘s themes concern the relationship between the individual and society. Each track narrates a tale of crumbling social systems and their destructive effects on individuals. It depicts modern life, in a social and institutional context, outlining the failures of our social systems and the inevitable and self-evident fallout from them. Its lyrical contents are the basis on which ‘IFD’ stands out.
Coal – Very tasty, tangy intro riff there. Liking this already. A storm of drum hits sets the scene immediately, with a continental feel to the whole thing. Refreshingly breezy vocals, holding that fabulous rare quality of ‘sing shouting’, as I term it, bringing a fresh, lively feel to the track. Nice melody, catchy chorus and true passion shines through. Love it.
Suborned – Battering the door down, with those solidly heavy drum rolls at the outset. Vocal aggression, great racing pace and clear, melodic riffs make this a sheer joy to listen to.
Bow Low – Right in there, with driving riffs and an instant catchiness you’ll just love. Fun, frenetic frolics in the metal mosh pit. Alive with highbrow energy and the yummiest drum rolls. Oh and those riff melodies are just divine. Palpably intense lyrics straight from the heart. A thorough metal party from start to finish.
Guarding Ruins – Mmm, a very pleasant opening riff, misleading you to think it’s going to be a quiet, soothing acoustic track, before the electricity hits you hard in the face again. Classic mosh pit stuff. You’ll get right into this and lose yourself completely in it, cos there’s really no other choice. It’s another metalgasm song. Ignite the passion and turn it up to the max. Powerful’s way too small a word for this. A direct line to Metal Heaven.
How To End It All – Beginning with a beautiful acoustic riff, soon accompanied by another vibrant burst of metallic sunshine. Delivered whilst singing about the stormiest subject matter. A thing very few bands can pull off. Such intensity, it’s on fire. Riffage to die for. Perfected metal therapy prescribed by The Rock Queen.
Self Control – Hitting you with a barrage of drumfire and blazing hot riffs, instantly, the pace itself is a turn on alone. Those vocal harmonies are just stunning. As are the riffs, of which there are a delightful amount. Loaded with all that speaks to the collective souls of metal heads everywhere.
Shattered – Slight sea change here in the almost eerily played down-toned riff intro, which becomes a full riff instrumental of pure beauty.
Heart Of Stone – Back to nice mid-paced solid rhythmic metal. Liken it to an insistent visitor, demanding entry and attention, till you give in and submit to their demands. This is the purest, hardest, heaviest, most soul inhabiting metal you’ll hear this year.
Forever More – Bang, crash, drum intro. Moving into a really fun riff fest and truly delicious vocal section you’re gonna want to eat alive. Life affirming, energetic, exciting, speed, power and thrash combined. Their timing’s exceptional, as is their general delivery. Spectacular.
Instruction For Destruction – Opening up the title track, with a sensational, fast-paced riff fest, of immense power and keeping hold of that thread of dramatically wild exuberance, throughout the entire performance; this will not let you go. Gorgeously timed and harmonised choruses. Ending on a perfectly placed riff finale, this is one exultant track.
Overall – The apex of metal is where this belongs. If you don’t find your mood lifted, your soul captivated and your heart exalted by this album, you need a doctor to pronounce you dead. ‘IFD’ is not simply all that’s good about metal, but it’s all the best bits, played together, with precise timing and intense enthusiasm. What I wouldn’t give to be locked in a room with these guys for a night. Ones to watch for 2017 and it may well be my album of the year already.
For fans of Reign Of Fury, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament and all vibrant, life enhancing metal.
Release date 7th April 2017 – via SAOL METALWORLD