In Weil am Rhein in Germany, back in 1983,
drummer Tommy, guitarist Mike and bassist / vocalist Schmier foundet a
band which was going to become a legend in Thrash Metal history:
DESTRUCTION. After signing a contract with SPV Records, the first
Destruction release was an MLP entitled “Sentence
Of Death” (1985).
One year later Destruction had their first success in the international
metal scene as they toured in Europe with legendary Thrash Metal Gods
Slayer. At the end of the year, the LP “Infernal
Overkill” was published and Destruction was invited
to play at the World War III Festival in Montreal, Canada. Destruction
proved to be Europe’s leading Thrash Metal band, successful concerts in
Germany and abroad were played making the fans become more and more.
The LP „Eternal
Devastation“ was released in 1986 and a headliner
tour with Kreator and Rage was made right after. In early 1987, drummer
Tommy left the band and was replaced by Olly, as well as Harry became
part of the band as second guitarist. Later that year, the MLP “Mad
Butcher” was released. After their tour through the US, South America
and South Europe, their third LP “Release From Agony” was released in
1988. This album differs from what the band has made so far, as it is
influenced by the new band members.
In Winter 88/89, Destruction went on tour for several festivals and a
Europe tour with Motörhead, while press and audience were rather
sceptical concerning their latest LP.
The first live LP, “Live Without Sense”, was released during their US
Tour. When recording the fourth LP „Cracked
Brain“ in 1989, Schmier decided to leave
destruction, and thus „Cracked Brain“ was released in
1990 featuring guest singer André (Poltergeist).
The years passed, until the two members Mike and Schmier decided to
reanimate Destruction along with Sven, the new drummer due to the
incredible demand by both press and fans. They had their comeback at the
biggest festivals in Germany: Bang Your Head, With Full Force, and
Wacken. One year later, in 2000, they came up with the new album “All
Hell Breaks Loose”!
DESTRUCTION were back!
After having released several records over the years (see the tab
DISCOGRAPHY), in 2011 they released their album “Day
“We wanted this record to sound pure and fresh!” says mainman Schmier
“The direction was clear from the start, fast-picking dominating thrash
riffs combined with in-your-face songs and vocals!”
Commented Schmier: “If you think DESTRUCTION is an old band, this album
will prove you wrong! The speed & energy combined with a basic, fresh
and aggressive production, will make this record an outstanding classic
of our long discography - you don't believe me? Buckle up and have a
Still consisting of the core line-up of Schmier and Mike, DESTRUCTION
hired a new relentless machine-like drummer; With Vaaver (ex-UNSUN) by
their side, the Trio kicks more ass than ever. The band also invited
some guest musicians to take part in “Day Of Reckoning”.
"Ol Drake from EVILE did such a fantastic job when he jumped in for Mike
last year (the guitarist broke two fingers of his left hand) that we had
to invite him to jam some leads on the record. If we would ever consider
working with a second guitarist again it has to be him!" Schmier states.
Perfectly and powerfully recorded, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT,
HEAVEN SHALL BURN, MAROON, NEAERA, COMMUNIC…) “Day Of Reckoning” marks
another highlight of the long running successful career of the legend
that is DESTRUCTION.