Destruction (band)

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Destruction and guests at I Othe Wacken Festival in 2007
Background information
Also known asKnight of Demon (1982–1984)
Origin Weil am Rhein, Germany
Years active1982 (1982)–present
Associated acts
Past members
  • Tommy Sandmann
  • Harry Wilkens
  • André Grieder
  • Oliver Kaiser
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel
  • Christian Engler
  • Michael Piranio
  • Sven Vormann
  • Marc Reign
  • Wawrzyniec Dramowicz

Destruction is a German thrash metal band, formed in 1982. They are often credited as one of the "Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. In addition to helping pioneer black metal by containing several elements of what was to become the genre, Destruction was part of the second wave of thrash metal in the late 1980s, along with American bands Testament, Sacred Reich, Death Angel and Dark Angel. [2] For most of the 1990s, the band was not signed to a record label and was forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the early 2000s.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Kreator German thrash metal band

Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen, formed in 1982. Their current lineup has been the same since 2001: lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mille Petrozza, bassist Christian Giesler, drummer Jürgen "Ventor" Reil, and lead guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö. The band's lineup has changed multiple times over its 37-year career, leaving Petrozza as only constant member. Reil is the other original member left in Kreator though he had one hiatus from the band, which lasted from 1994 to 1996.

Sodom (band) German thrash metal band

Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist/vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member. The band is currently composed of Angelripper, guitarists Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik and Yorck Segatz, and drummer Stefan "Husky" Hüskens. Along with Kreator, Destruction and Tankard, Sodom has been referred to as one of the "Big Four" of Teutonic thrash metal. While three of those bands created a sound that would influence death metal and black metal, Sodom's early music style would greatly influence many late 1980s and early 1990s black metal bands more than others.



Inspired by Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Motörhead and Venom, Destruction were formed as Knight of Demon in 1982. The original line-up featured guitarist Mike Sifringer, vocalist and bassist Schmier, and drummer Tommy Sandmann. They soon changed their name to Destruction and released a demo titled Bestial Invasion of Hell in 1984. After this the group signed with Steamhammer Records and released an EP titled Sentence of Death later that year.

Iron Maiden English heavy metal band

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-nine albums, including sixteen studio albums, twelve live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations.

Mercyful Fate Danish heavy metal band

Mercyful Fate is a Danish heavy metal band from Copenhagen, formed in 1981 by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. Influenced by progressive rock and hard rock, with lyrics dealing with Satan and the occult, Mercyful Fate were part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s. Many of the bands from this movement went on to influence later black metal musicians in the 1990s, particularly in Norway. Since the band's inception in 1981, Mercyful Fate have released seven studio albums, two extended plays and four compilations.

Motörhead English rock band

Motörhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on drums and "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitars.

Destruction released their first full-length album titled Infernal Overkill in 1985, followed by Eternal Devastation in 1986. The trio then added a second guitarist, Harry Wilkens, and released the EP Mad Butcher (1987), the full-length album Release from Agony in 1988, then a live recording Live Without Sense in 1989, and Cracked Brain in 1990.

<i>Infernal Overkill</i> 1985 studio album by Destruction

Infernal Overkill is the first full-length album by German thrash metal band Destruction. It was released in 1985.

<i>Eternal Devastation</i> 1986 studio album by Destruction

Eternal Devastation is the second full-length album by German thrash metal band Destruction. It was released in 1986. It showed the band had moved away from their previous black metal-influenced style of material evident on the Sentence of Death EP and Infernal Overkill albums, and were headed in the direction of a more contemporary thrash metal style.

<i>Mad Butcher</i> 1987 EP by Destruction

Mad Butcher is the second EP by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 1987. Tommy had left the band and two new members had entered the group: a new drummer, Olli, and a new guitarist, Harry.

In 1989, during the initial recording sessions of Cracked Brain, Schmier was fired from the band, and was replaced by Poltergeist frontman André Grieder. [3] Mike Sifringer continued to release albums under the moniker of "Neo-Destruction". In 1999, Schmier rejoined, and things began to look up for the band as they signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. They then released three more albums: All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, The Antichrist in 2001, and Metal Discharge in 2003. The band would then sign with AFM Records and release Inventor of Evil in 2005. That album was followed two years later by the compilation of re-recorded songs Thrash Anthems (2007), and then a year later by D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (2008). In February 2011, Destruction released Day of Reckoning .

Poltergeist (band) band that plays power metal

Poltergeist, originally Carrion, is a Swiss power/thrash metal band that played from 1985 to 1993, and is now active as of 2013. Carrion made a total of two demos and one full-length album under SriLanca Records. Poltergeist made a total of two full-length albums and three demos under Century Media Records. They also made a single and a full-length album under Haunted House Records. Poltergeist is now signed to Pure Steel Records and released their latest album, entitled Back to Haunt, on October 21, 2016.

Nuclear Blast German independent label, specialised in metal and related music styles

Nuclear Blast is an independent record label and mail order record distributor with subsidiaries in Germany, the United States and Brazil. The record label was founded in 1987 by Markus Staiger in Germany. Originally releasing hardcore punk records, the label moved on to releasing albums by melodic death metal, grindcore, industrial metal, power metal and black metal bands, as well as tribute albums. It also distributes and promotes two post-hardcore/metalcore labels, SharpTone Records, focused on American scene, and Arising Empire, focused more on European bands such as Novelists, Imminence, Cold Snap and While She Sleeps.

<i>All Hell Breaks Loose</i> (Destruction album) 2000 studio album by Destruction

All Hell Breaks Loose is the sixth studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released on 25 April 2000 by Nuclear Blast. It was the first official album released since Cracked Brain in 1990, and the first with Schmier returning to vocals and bass since Release from Agony in 1988. It also marks the return of the band to a three-piece lineup.

A European tour with Overkill was scheduled for March 2011. Headlining dates in South America and North America were being planned for April and May.

Overkill (band) American thrash metal band

Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist D. D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth as the only constant members. In addition to Verni and Ellsworth, Overkill's current lineup includes Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek Tailer on rhythm guitar and Jason Bittner on drums. Along with Nuclear Assault and Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, and they are often called "the Motörhead of thrash metal". The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly", a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings and green eyes, who has appeared on most of their album covers.

The band's thirteenth studio album, Spiritual Genocide , was released in November 23, 2012. [4] Their next album, Under Attack , was released on May 13, 2016. [5]

<i>Spiritual Genocide</i> 2012 studio album by Destruction

Spiritual Genocide is the twelfth studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction. The album was released as a celebration of the band's 30th anniversary.

<i>Under Attack</i> (Destruction album) 2016 studio album by Destruction

Under Attack is the thirteenth studio album by the German thrash metal band Destruction, released on May 13, 2016

Through an exclusive PledgeMusic campaign, Destruction recorded a sequel to Thrash Anthems titled Thrash Anthems II . Like its predecessor, this album is a compilation of more re-recordings of classic songs by the band. The band released a full download of the album through PledgeMusic for free to accompany all purchases of the physical copies of the album on July 18, 2017. The exclusive CDs/Vinyls were shipped in August 2017 and once sold out, Nuclear Blast will release a more widely available version at the end of the year.

On January 23, 2018, it was announced that Vaaver had left Destruction "for family reasons", according to Schmier. He took time off in 2015 to be with his family following the birth of his second child. Drummer Randy Black would temporarily replace him until the band finds a "worthy successor". [6] [7] He was later announced as the band's new drummer. [8] On February 28, 2019, it was announced that Swiss guitar player Damir Eskic had joined the band. [9] This new lineup recorded Destruction's fifteenth studio album Born to Perish, which was released on August 9, 2019. [10] [11]


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<i>Sentence of Death</i> 1984 EP by Destruction

Sentence of Death is an EP and the debut release by German thrash metal band Destruction, released on 10 November 1984 by Steamhammer Records.

<i>Inventor of Evil</i> 2005 studio album by Destruction

Inventor of Evil is the ninth, full-length album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 2005.

<i>The Antichrist</i> (album) 2001 studio album by Destruction

The Antichrist is the seventh album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 2001 through Nuclear Blast.

<i>Release from Agony</i> 1988 studio album by Destruction

Release from Agony is the third studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 1988 by Steamhammer/SPV.

<i>Cracked Brain</i> 1990 studio album by Destruction

Cracked Brain is the fourth full-length studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 1990. It is the band's only album to feature André Grieder of Poltergeist, replacing Schmier, who was fired after the initial sessions for the album. Also featured is a cover of The Knack song "My Sharona".

<i>Thrash Anthems</i> 2007 studio album / Compilation album by Destruction

Thrash Anthems is a studio album released by thrash metal band Destruction in 2007. The album is a compilation of re-recordings of old songs and two new songs: "Deposition " and "Profanity".

<i>Destruction</i> (EP) 1994 EP by Destruction

Destruction is an EP by German thrash metal band Destruction. It was the first release self-financed by Mike Sifringer on the Brain Butcher label after Schmier's departure. The period of Brain Butcher releases is often called "Neo-Destruction." This album is the first of the three "Neo-Destruction" releases.

<i>Them Not Me</i> 1995 EP by Destruction

Them Not Me is an EP by German thrash metal band Destruction. The period without Schmier is often called "Neo-Destruction". They released 3 albums with Thomas Rosenmerkel on vocals: Destruction, Them Not Me and The Least Successful Human Cannonball, although these albums aren't part of the official discography.

<i>Metal Discharge</i> 2003 studio album by Destruction

Metal Discharge is the eighth full-length album by German thrash metal band Destruction, released in 2003. It was the first Destruction album to feature drummer Marc "Speedy" Reign of Morgoth.

Teutonic thrash metal is a regional scene of thrash metal music that originated during the 1980s in Germany. Along with Bay Area thrash metal, East Coast thrash metal, and Brazilian thrash metal, it was one of the major scenes of thrash metal in the 1980s. Teutonic is a medieval term for Germanic people.

<i>D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.</i> 2008 studio album by Destruction

D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. is the tenth studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction. The album was released on August 29, 2008 by AFM Records worldwide and Candlelight Records in the United States.

<i>Live Without Sense</i> 1989 live album by Destruction

Live Without Sense is a live album by German thrash metal band Destruction.

<i>Day of Reckoning</i> (Destruction album) 2011 studio album by Destruction

Day of Reckoning is the eleventh studio album by German thrash metal band Destruction. It was released on 18 February 2011 in Europe and March 8, 2011 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The first limited edition of the album does not have the band's logo on the booklet while the vinyl version and second pressing of the CD show a red Destruction logo on it.


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