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Destruction

Together with their countrymen Kreator and Sodom, Germany's Destruction constituted the dominating triumvirate of Teutonic thrash metal during the 1980s. And even though they ultimately failed to match these peers in terms of commercial success and longevity, at least two of their albums still qualify among the crème de la crème of the decade's speed metal. Heavy metal underwent a worldwide revolution in the early '80s, when the lingering lessons from '70s giants like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest crashed head-on with the D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock and the sheer velocity of Motörhead to ...read more

Together with their countrymen Kreator and Sodom, Germany's Destruction constituted the dominating triumvirate of Teutonic thrash metal during the 1980s. And even though they ultimately failed to match these peers in terms of commercial success and longevity, at least two of their albums still qualify among the crème de la crème of the decade's speed metal. Heavy metal underwent a worldwide revolution in the early '80s, when the lingering lessons from '70s giants like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest crashed head-on with the D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock and the sheer velocity of Motörhead to spawn the much ballyhooed New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which, in turn sparked a far more powerful and lasting bastard offspring: thrash metal. Of all the nations contaminated by this musical virus as it proliferated unchecked, Germany was second only to the U.S. in terms of widespread infection. Among its earliest contenders, there was Hamburg's Helloween, Essen's Kreator, and, from the town of Weil am Rhein in the Fatherland's southwestern tip, Destruction. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of an earlier band named Knight of Demon, Destruction brought together towering vocalist/bassist Marcel Schirmer (aka Schmier), diminutive guitarist Mike Sifringer, and drummer Tommy Sandmann. Looking to take advantage of the bustling worldwide tape-trading network responsible for breaking most of the '80s biggest heavy metal bands, the trio immediately set about recording and circulating its Bestial Invasion demo to critics and fans alike. It wasn't long before Germany's own Steamhammer label came calling with a record deal, and Destruction's Sentence of Death EP was released in 1984, soon to be followed by 1985's Infernal Overkill LP. Both of these were surprisingly proficient affairs fueled by raw aggression and youthful energy, and Destruction toured Germany with Slayer later that year, before taking part in the legendary WWIII Festival in Montreal, Canada, alongside Celtic Frost, Voivod, and other rising stars of extreme metal.

Once they returned home, the bandmembers got to work on their second album, 1986's well-received Eternal Devastation, but lost founding drummer Sandmann shortly before heading out on the road again, this time with fellow Teutonic thrashers Rage. Thankfully, Sodom's Chris "Witchhunter" Dudeck was able to step in until they could find a permanent replacement in Oliver Kaiser. Additional guitarist Harry Wilkens was also brought on board at this time, and, after testing this new lineup on 1987's Mad Butcher EP, Destruction delivered what many consider their finest album, 1988's Release from Agony. Not all fans were in agreement, however, as the newfangled quartet's far more technical, almost progressive-leaning direction also rubbed hardcore constituents the wrong way. Being chosen as the opening band for Celtic Frost's disastrous Cold Lake tour was another unexpected setback, and, confirming that things were not right within the Destruction camp, popular frontman Schmier was unceremoniously sacked shortly after the release of 1989's Live Without Sense to make way for "more capable" replacements in vocalist Andre Grieder (ex-Poltergeist) and bassist Christian Engler.

Feeling betrayed, upset fans made their feelings known by staying away in droves from 1990's Cracked Brain album, as well as subsequent offerings like 1994's Destruction, 1995's Them Not Me (both EPs introducing new vocalist Thomas Rosenmerkel and guitarist Michael Piranio), and particularly 1998's career low The Least Successful Human Cannonball. Schmier, in the meantime, had formed a new band called Headhunter and busied himself with the operation of his own restaurant -- but he couldn't resist the opportunity to finally reunite with former partner in crime Sifringer as well as drummer Sven Vormann, and relaunch Destruction at the dawn of the new millennium. Since then, 2000's All Hell Breaks Loose, 2001's The Antichrist, and 2003's Metal Discharge (featuring drummer Marc Reign) have been released by Nuclear Blast, and 2005's Inventor of Evil and 2007's Thrash Anthems by AFM Records. « hide

Similar Bands: Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Kreator, Sodom

LPs
Spiritual Genocide
11/23/2012

3.3
60 Votes
Day of Reckoning
2011

3.6
86 Votes
D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
2008

3.1
71 Votes
Inventor of Evil
2005

3.8
112 Votes
Metal Discharge
2003

3.3
65 Votes
The Antichrist
2001

3.9
163 Votes
All Hell Breaks Loose
2000

3.6
73 Votes
The Least Successful Human Cannonball
1998

2
51 Votes
Cracked Brain
1990

3.2
80 Votes
Release from Agony
1988

4.1
194 Votes
Eternal Devastation
1986

4
173 Votes
Infernal Overkill
1985

4.2
189 Votes
EPs
Metal Discharge Demo
2003

3.8
4 Votes
Whiplash
2001

2.8
5 Votes
The Butcher Strikes Back (Demo)
1999

3.3
5 Votes
Them Not Me
1995

1.9
10 Votes
Destruction
1994

2.4
8 Votes
Mad Butcher
1987

3.7
60 Votes
Sentence of Death
1984

3.8
69 Votes
Bestial Invasion of Hell
1984

3.8
14 Votes
Live Albums
Live Discharge-20 Years Of Total Destruction (DVD)
2004

4.2
6 Votes
Alive Devastation
2002

4
6 Votes
Live Without Sense
1989

4.3
12 Votes
Compilations
Thrash Anthems
2007

3.7
34 Votes
Best of
1992

3.8
3 Votes

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