CD review HITTMAN ‚Destroy All Humans‘

September 25th, that’s when fantasy becomes reality. Nearly three decades after having released with ‘Vivas Machina’ their sophomore album, US Metal institution Hittman return to the scene. Inspired by several festival appearances, Jim Bacchi, Dirk Kennedy and band mates have decided to record their third longplayer and the guys found with No Remorse Records a partner that shares a similar vision of (US-) Metal. As many other releases, also Hittman’s third strike was effected by COVID-19, causing a delayed release date, but end of September will be the moment when the rubber hits the road for the guys.

In total eight songs made it on ‘Destroy All Humans’ and it’s the title track that leads things off. The song is a seven minutes long starter that begins with an atmospheric keyboard driven intro, followed by a typical Hittman riff. The band has their own sound and the opener reflects it right away. Well-crafted vocal melodies, tempo breaks and a heavy riffing is what makes the song to a great addition to Hittman’s musical offer. Next to the music the song carries lyrics, addressing the current state of country and planet when it comes to political and social matters. It’s an angry song.

‘The Ledge’ is another highlight, reminding in parts of the earlier Queensryche. Some of you might know the track already, since it has been part of some Hittman live shows earlier on and it’s great to have the track now available on an album too.

‘Destroy All Humans’ is closer connected to debut than to ‘Vivas Machina’, manifested by ‘Code of Honor’ and ‘Out in the Cold’. The songs are from the earlier days and they both fit perfectly into the context of album number three.

What more? There is the moderately paced ‘Breathe’, equipped with slower but heavy pounding rhythm, the melodic ‘1000 Souls’ with bigger soundscapes and last but not least ‘Love, ‘The Assassin’, being the last chapter of ‘Destroy All Humans’.

Hittman’s return is a strong one. ‘Destroy All Humans’ transfers you back into a time that feels far away. Hittman could bring the spirit of the first era into the ‘20s and releases with their third album a strong statement. Hittman is back and hopefully continues in such a great fashion.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Destroy All Humans
  2. Breathe
  3. The Ledge
  4. Code of Honour
  5. Total Amnesia
  6. 1000 Souls
  7. Out in the Cold
  8. Love, ‘The Assassin’

Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: US Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2020

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