Summoning The Malicious

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Release Date:
1st May 2017
Record Label:
Empire Records
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Fans of eighties thrash have another (new) band they will enjoy. Dutch three piece Distillator (derivative of to distill beer) release their second full-length called Summoning the Malicious. Their debut Revolutionary Cells (2015) already was a fine album to listen to, but was still rather average. The new album has matured in song writing and in execution. Their gigs with Gojira, Anthrax, Vektor,  Raven, Metal Church, Testament, and at the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise seem to have payed off.

Their ant-ass-tide thrash metal throws you to the ground from start to finish. Only one slower piece called ‘The King of Kings’ makes it possible to catch your breath. The music is a mix of Destruction, Kreator, early Metallica, Testament, and Slayer. The voice of Laurens is aggressive but with high shouting parts in a kind of a Schmier style. The music is a feast of recognizable influences. In ‘Mechanized Existence,’ Testament melodies, howling Slayer solos, and old school Metallica jumping riffs are ingredients for one of the best songs. ‘Hit the Lights’ enters my mind at the start of the third track and lots of other memories of the Kill’em All period. After that, the party goes on, with fast and furious thrash the way I enjoy it. Like I already wrote, the eighth song is the slowest and also the longest. It sounds a bit threatening and has a nice built up.

In October 2015, I saw the band open for Anthrax. Like Destruction, the band only has one guitar player in the line up. On the album that is never a problem, but sometimes live it can be, especially during a solo. Back in 2015 it did not hit me, so the band is also worth watching live. So, old school thrash fanatics grab your chance and give this honest, hardworking band your approval.


01. Blinded By Chauvinism
02. Mechanized Existence
03. Estates Of The Realm
04. Summoning The Malicious
05. Enter The Void
06. Algorithmic Citizenship
07. Stature Of Liberty
08. The King of Kings
09. Megalomenia

Playing Time: 37:00

Laurens H. - Vocals/Lead Guitar
Frank R. - Bass/Backing Vocals
Marco P. - Drums

Reinier de Vries
About Reinier de Vries 383 Articles
Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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