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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Canadian psychedelic rock band was inspired by frontman Stephen McBean receiving his driver's license in 2017 and is its first with and Adam Bulgasem and Rachel Fannan.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. May 22, 2019
    80
    The fifth Black Mountain album is their most driving album yet, literally. It was edited on the road, directly influenced by the feeling of being behind the wheel. Of the 22 tracks recorded, the eight that made it are as propulsive as you can get, hard-edged cerebral space trucking.
  2. May 22, 2019
    80
    Destroyer is Black Mountain's tightest, gnarliest, and least sprawling outing to date.
  3. Uncut
    May 22, 2019
    80
    The journey takes a variety of fascinating detours along the way, not least the digressive folk-prog of "Pretty Little Lazies" and "Boogie Lover's" spacey approximation of classic Hawkwind. [Jun 2019, p.24]
  4. May 28, 2019
    75
    Destroyer feels like a band waking up from the slumber rut that marred their more recent output. There is a distinct sense of urgency here, of the adrenaline felt with a new experience that always seemed previously out of reach. McBean has (fuel) injected an exigency to this project once again, and the results are great.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 30, 2019
    70
    Destroyer may shake and shudder but it never falls apart. [Jul 2019, p.81]
  6. May 29, 2019
    70
    Their version of the band has a lot less boogie but a lot more swamp, a lot more Frank Frazetta fantasy, a lot more majestic doom.
  7. Mojo
    May 22, 2019
    60
    Destroyer shifts up a couple of gears for a less cosmic,more hard rockin' thrust, complete with headlong NWOBHM riffs and even shredding. [Jun 2019, p.90]

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  1. May 25, 2019
    10
    If IV was Black Mountain’s take on the 70’s Destroyer follows that up with their take on the 80’s. It rocks and is their strongest album toIf IV was Black Mountain’s take on the 70’s Destroyer follows that up with their take on the 80’s. It rocks and is their strongest album to date, exceeds BG IV, which is no small feat. Expand