Destroyer 666是一支在澳大利亚颇有声望的乐团，由澳洲老牌黑暗金属乐队Bestial Warlust的吉他手Keith Warslut于1995年组建，起初只有Keith Warslut一个固定成员。自从1995年发行了单曲Violence Is the Prince of This World后，Keith Warslut一直没有作品推出，直到1997年，乐队新成员的加入：吉他Shrapnel，贝斯Bullet Eater，鼓手Ballistic Howitzer，乐队推出唱片Unchain the Wolves，在那个时期，“Destroyer 666”常被金属乐队用来做为反基督情绪的标志。
Destroyer 666第三张专辑的发行相距Unchain the Wolves长达三年之久，在法国著名的Season Of Mist 唱片公司发行的Phoenix Rising这张专辑依然保持了他们独特的旋律部分，而且新鼓手明显更快了，强劲的鼓点，死亡金属风格的融入，让这张专辑显得气势磅礴。但是总是不太象过去那么质朴，显得匠气了很多。回首之前，这个乐队仿佛换了另一个样子。对于众多类似风格的唱片来说，他们并不是很突出的一张。但这也是一张技术出众，而且可圈可点的唱片。
2002年的Cold Steel...for an Iron Age拥有与Phoenix Rising同样的风格与气势。
2003年发行的唱片Terror Abraxas是Destroyer 666音乐历程上的败笔，反响不尽人意，以致后来不得不重新录制。
Taken from Encyclopaedia Metallum:
So, if you've just come from my review of new album "Defiance", welcome again to Deströyer 666, but this time welcome to what is in my opinion one of this decades best extreme metal albums - "Phoenix Rising". By way of following on from "Defiance" the elements that were present, if unsuccessful in their execution on that record, are the exact basis of the success that is "Phoenix Rising". Here we have eight cuts of prime black/thrash metal, with a middle five songs of such staggering outlandish brilliance that feels like a boxer allowing you to settle during rounds 1 and 2 before beating the absolute shit out of you in the next five. A heavy experience I'm sure you can imagine.
Let's dive straight in. From songs three to seven - "Phoenix Rising", "I Am The Wargod (Ode To The Battle Slain)", "The Eternal Glory Of War", "Lone Wolf Winter", "Ride The Solar Winds" - Deströyer are imperious, untouchable, and "I Am The Wargod" is the king of these five princely songs. Beginning with a soft acoustic sombre introduction, followed by the best whammy dive bomb you'll ever hear moving straight into a lead riff that perfectly marries atmosphere, technicality and outright thrashing brutality, all before a brooding, misanthropic slower middle section where solos fly off in different directions and then yet more speedy electrifying thrash, it's no wonder Deströyer always play this live and the hairs still rise after many, many listens.
But there's no time to recover from that assault before "The Eternal Glory Of War" is upon us. Christened by the sound of marching soldiers and the kind of lead riff courtesy of the guitar of Shrapnel, to us (Ian to his mummy), that "Defiance" sorely misses, D666 ably demonstrate they are no mug at composing both fast and slower. Now honestly, how many extreme metal bands can you say truly master the medium and slow parts rather than sounding as if those bits are stuck there for the sake of variations in speed? "Lone Wolf Winter"... well it's as good as "I Am The Wargod", at a slightly higher average speed and with a middle refrain of I think I'm a wolf/ But then I'm [内容被过滤，请注意论坛文明]ing crazy!" that simply cannot be ignored. The pedal-heavy, clean vocal led, spiralling technicality of the dual-guitar assault in it's second half is a sign of a band over-flowing with confidence and creativity.
By the time "Ride The Solar Winds" emerges with yet another fantastic lead riff, built on the twin towers of technicality and accessibility, my head is in such a daze that one could easily forget its a song 95% of extreme bands would kill for, yet its bettered by its three predecessors. So is there anything to fault with "Phoenix Rising"? The sound is perfect for the style - heavy, clear yet unmerciful; composition and execution of riffs is so great that noone else sounds like it; the drumming of Mersus never steals the limelight but will never allow you to question it; and KK Warslut spits his songs of war and invincibility with a proud elegance. So I'm going to have to say, no there isn't. It even doesn't outstay it's welcome, finishing after eight songs and 40 minutes where from the first to the last the sound is of a band perfecting their assault, and in turn raising the bar on what can be done in the 21st century when combining thrash, black and death metal without a hint of looking over their shoulders.
Originally written for Rockfreaks.net
01. Rise of the Predator
02. The Last Revelation
03. Phoenix Rising
04. I am the Wargod (Ode to the Battle Slain)
05. The Eternal Glory of War
06. Lone Wolf Winter
07. Ride the Solar Winds
08. The Birth of Tragedy