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Formed: 1983
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
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Destruction's Shows In China Cancelled

German thrash metal legends Destruction has announced that their planned shows in China have been cancelled due to issues with the Visa process. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"The China concerts are unfortunately not happening.

"Everybody involved here, is very sad about the Chinese shows that got cancelled, especially the band. We have been to China twice and we know how dedicated and hungry the fans are for PURE METAL! We also knew the visa procedure takes time and is very complicated.
We can clearify the Chinese show cancellations and the chaos that came with it in one sentence:

"The visas did not work out on time!
We are really sorry about that!
To compare: The Visas for Australia & Japan worked out in a much shorter time.

"So - if you want to blame somebody, then maybe blame the unrealistic and complicated visa procedure system, that takes several weeks or month for a visa. (for an artist)

"In the end the Chinese embassy was demanding more invitation letters and interviews but there was no more time. Maybe with some more weeks-time, the visas would have worked out. Maybe. We do not know, we are just musicians that want play for their fans.

"Hopefully one time also in China again!

"We got told that the local promoters will refund the tickets, please contact your local ticket shops for further information!

"United we stand – ETERNAL BAN!"

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Day Four

All good things must come to an end, as they say. After three fantastic days at sea with sixty one metal bands, it almost time to head up. Fret ye not however, as there was still one more day filled with metal for those on board to enjoy.

Up first (at least for me,) was sunshine, fresh air and German thrash metal, as Destruction took to the stage for their second set of the cruise. The setlist wasn't changed enormously from their first, though this time "Nailed To The Cross" went down particularly well as there were two men dressed as Jesus in the mosh pit. Sacrilicious. Fortunately, the teutonic trio faced no visible technical problems this time around and put on a hell of a show, despite playing in the earliest slot of their career. It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but Destruction are one of the top thrash bands in history, still to this day, thanks not only to their superb catalogue, but to their towering stage presence and scorching live performances.

Following some lunch and finally being able to get into the merch room, it was a trip to the Alhambra Theater for something very special; The All Star Jam, hosted by Annihilator founder Jeff Waters. Members from many bands on board joined together to perform metal classics and favourites. Naturally, some groupings and songs went down better than others, with highlights including Riot's, "Swords and Tequila" performed by Snake from Voivod, Mike Silfringer of Destruction, Metal Church drummer Stet Howland, Korpiklaani bassist Jesper Anastasiadis and Primal Fear guitarist Tom Naumann, as well as the AC/DC classic, "Hells Bells," sung by Battle Beast's, Noora Louhimo, with Elias Viljanen if Sonata Arctica and Jeff Waters on guitar duties, Primal Fear's Mat Sinner on bass and Enslaved drummer Cato Bekkevold, all before the final number, which saw the dreams of thrash metal fans come true as Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza joined Destruction's Schmier and Vavver on stage to perform Metallica's, "Whiplash," in a lineup that was rounded up by Andreas Kisser of Sepultura and Matt Harvey of Exhumed performing guitars. A one of a kind experience which is a real treat for metal fans. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Day One

Back when the first 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise set sail in 2011, metal fans around the globe looked on with enormous envy at the lucky few who were able to board the ship and witness a festival unlike any other. Seven years later, my own wish was granted as I arrived in Florida, ready to take to the seas with 61 bands, 3000 other metalheads (including Metal Underground founder, Deathbringer) and the crew on this magnificent vessel. This is the story of Metal Underground at 70000 Tons Of Metal 2018.

Boarding the ship was a relatively simple affair, impressive considering the magnitude of the journey, where travellers queued up to have their bags scanned, passports checked and sort out their currency for the trip, which is done on a special card. After this, punters are invited to have their photo taken in front of the 70000 Tons Of Metal backdrop, then take a seat and wait for their area to be called. As soon as one walks on to the ship, they're greeted enthusiastically by the pool girls, who welcome them with a copy of the official programme, which must be said, is wonderfully put together with information about everything from the bands to the ship's captain.

Making our way to our cabins, it immediately resonates what an inclusive trip this will be, as fans and band members walk together to their rooms, wherein I was able to speak briefly with Derrick Green, frontman of one of my all time favourite bands, Sepultura. After settling in, it's over to the decks for safety drills, which are conducted in English and German and where more metal royalty can be spotted (Corpsegrinder of Cannibal Corpse was in the line next to mine, laughing, joking and taking pictures with fans.) Finally, at 17:15, the first bands take to the stage and metal fans begin the holiday of a lifetime. More...

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Destruction Drummer Explains Why He's Leaving

As previously reported, Wawrzyniec "Vaaver" Dramowicz, drummer of German thrash metal legends Destruction, has announced that he will leave the band this March. He has since given a statement explaining his reasons for doing so, which reads:

"It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with Destruction - the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with Destruction means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, Destruction needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career. I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Destruction. I tried my best to enhance the band's sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans' reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80's. It has been a truly unforgettable experience! I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough Destruction seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!" More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Completed

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced the last four bands to perform at this year's event. Canadian death metal veterans Kataklysm will be performing, in addition to American power metal outfit Seven Kingdoms has been confirmed for the journey, as well as Belgian groove metal band Diablo BLVD and Colombian speed metal group Revenge. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Two More Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Comedy metal act Psychostick and Mexican doom metal band Majestic Downfall are the latest groups announced to play this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which sets sail in only six days. This brings the total number of confirmed bands up to fifty six, with only four more to be confirmed. The organisers have said that the next three bands to be confirmed will all hail from different continents. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Belphegor
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves' Eyes
Majestic Downfall
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Psychostick
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Destruction Drummer To Leave The Band

German thrash metal legends Destruction has announced that drummer Wawrzyniec "Vaaver" Dramowicz will be leaving the band for family reasons this March, meaning he will still be with them for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise and other dates in February. A statement from frontman Schmier reads as follows:

"It is an odd and sad headline at the same time," says Destruction leader Schmier. "Our drummer Vaaver will leave us because of family reasons this March. After eight years this is bad news but we are still friends and wish him and his family all the best! He will release a statement ASAP!

"Most important: ALL shows will go ahead. Vaaver will play with us till this March. So give him a nice goodbye please!

"Mr. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until we decide who will be his worthy successor. Now we have almost beaten SPINAL TAP right?

"Good thing - no farewell tour yet! :-P UNITED WE STAND, cheers for all the years Vaaver!"

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Belphegor Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced that Austrian blackened death metal veterans Belphegor will be performing at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to fifty four, with only six more to be revealed. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Evertale Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

German power metal band Evertale has been announced to perform at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to fifty three, with only seven more to be revealed. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Evertale
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Leaves' Eyes
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Triosphere
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Leaves Eyes Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

German symphonic metal band Leaves' Eyes are the latest group to be confirmed for this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total of confirmed bands to 52 with only eight more still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Triosphere Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian progressive metal group Triosphere has been announced as the latest bans to perform at this year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the total number of bands to 51, with only nine more to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands is as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Destruction
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
In Mourning
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Metsatöll
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Seven Spires
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Witherfall
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Destruction And Seven Spires Added To 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal event has announced a further two bands to perform on this year's cruise. Joining the fray will be legendary German thrash trio Destruction and Boston based symphonic death metal outfit, Seven Spires. This brings the list of confirmed bands up to fifty, with only ten more groups to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

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Dying Gorgeous Lies Confirmed For Hard Rock Laager

German female fronted thrash metal act Dying Gorgeous Lies are confirmed for Hard Rock Laager 2018 in Estonia, going onstage on June 30th. As previously announced, the band will join german thrash metal veterans Destruction on their shows in Saint Petersburg and Moscow as main support.

February 15 – Opera Concert Club – Saint Petersburg
February 16 – Moscow Hall – Moscow

Upcoming Dying Gorgeous Lies festival gigs:
Hard Rock Laager 2018 - Estonia - June 30th
Metal Days 2018 - Slovenia - on July 22nd-28th

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Destruction Premiere Video For "United By Hatred"

German thrash metal veterans Destruction have just released their new "best-of-old-school" album, "Thrash Anthems II", via Nuclear Blast. To promote the release, the band premieres a new video for the song "United By Hatred" featuring video footage from over 30 years of the band's history.

Check out now "United By Hatred" below.

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Destruction Posts "Thrash Anthems II" Trailer #2

German thrash legends Destruction released a second trailer clip for the upcoming release "Thrash Anthems II," which drops on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album features 10 fully re-recorded versions of past classics taken from the first seven albums and picked by the fans, along with the oft-covered Dead Kennedy's tune "Holiday in Cambodia."

The second trailer clip focuses on guitar and bass recordings and guest appearances for the release, which include Arch Enemy's Michael Amott, Poltergeist's V.O. Pulver and ex-Evile guitarist Ol Drake. The track list for "Thrash Anthems II" is:

1. Confused Mind
2. Black Mass
3. Frontbeast
4. Dissatisfied Existence
5. United by Hatred
6. The Ritual
7. Black Death
8. The Antichrist
9. Confound Games
10. Ripping You Off Blind
11. Satan's Vengeance
12. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys cover)

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Destruction Posts Trailer For "Thrash Anthems II"

10 years removed from recreating the past on "Thrash Anthems," German thrash legends Destruction is at it again with the impending release of "Thrash Anthems II" on November 10th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album features 10 fully re-recorded versions of past classics taken from the first seven albums and picked by the fans, along with the oft-covered Dead Kennedy's tune "Holiday in Cambodia."

Today, the band released the first trailer clip leading up to the release, which features the drum recording sessions. Check it out in the player below.

The track list for "Thrash Anthems II" is:

1. Confused Mind
2. Black Mass
3. Frontbeast
4. Dissatisfied Existence
5. United by Hatred
6. The Ritual
7. Black Death
8. The Antichrist
9. Confound Games
10. Ripping You Off Blind
11. Satan's Vengeance
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Warbringer Kicking Off Tour With Destruction

Warbringer's latest album "Woe to the Vanquished" was released March 31st via Napalm Records and the band has been on the road since that release, with no plans to stop anytime soon.

Following a European run, Warbringer returned to North America and will kick off a new tour tonight in Oakland, CA providing direct support to Destruction with Jungle Rot. The tour runs through June 11th in Los Angeles, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Frontman John Kevill comments: "Hey everyone, after returning home from a European tour with Havok, Exmortus, and Gorod, we are making preparations to depart on a USA tour with Destruction, Jungle Rot, Hellbender and Demons Within. We will be trekking around North America for three weeks with this lineup, and leveling everywhere on the way!

"This is a super aggressive bill that promises to be one of the most intense metal shows of the year. This marks our third outing supporting our new record, Woe to the Vanquished, which has had a great response live. Looking forward to the shows and to seeing people mosh, stage dive, and completely go off! See everybody at the show, and remain violent." More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Posts 2016 Recap

Now that the festivities are done, the organizers of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 edition just released and official aftermovie showcasing some of what went down this year.

The clip was created by Ik Wil Ook Een Videoclip and features music by Destruction. Check it out below.

See you all next year on the 15 & 16th of December, 2017 for the next Eindhoven Metal Meeting!

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Destruction Announces Support Acts For Tour

Destruction is due to return for a second leg of the "Europe Under Attack" tour in January and February, 2017. Support will come from Brazilian group Nervosa, plus Gonoreas from Switzerland and German group Rezet. Fronter Schmier comments:

"We will give two great rising talents the chance to open the show and prove their skills: Gonoreas are already a well-known metal act in their home country of Switzerland. The powerhouse features Damir Eskic, a former guitar student of Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) and also the #1 shredder in Helvetica - he also played on the last Destruction album.

"It's now time for them to rule over Europe with us! Rezet rom Germany are a tight American influenced thrash band with lots of killer riffs, they have been tearing up the underground for a while now and are an ideal fit on a Destruction tour. Our fans will dig their material I’m very sure!" More...

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Destruction Announces "Europe Under Attack" Tour

After the first successful touring leg in September/October 2016, German thrash outfit Destruction returns with the "Europe Under Attack" 2017 tour in January/February. Support on this trek will come from Brazilian thrash metal institution Nervosa and special guests. More details coming soon, but for now find all current dates below.

Front man Schmier comments: "It's time for 'Europe Under Attack' part 2 in good old Europe! After the successful first run, a lot of fans were writing us and were afraid that we forgot them: NO WAY!

"The second leg will include most of the countries we did not play on the first half of the tour! We will bring NERVOSA from Brazil with us again, as they had an amazing response from the crowd EVERY night and of course they are friends and a perfect fit for every THRASH billing! We will finally play some countries and cities again that we did not thrash for a while - so we are all pumped up and excited about that! So see you soon in a wild moshpit to CURSE THE GODS together again ... FUCK YEAH!" More...

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