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Formed: 1983
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
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Below is our complete Destruction news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Destruction Gearing Up For Tour

The German thrashers in Destruction will return to the road with the "Thrash United" tour next week.

Joining in the trio en route will be Finnish label mates Lost Society and Belgium newcomers Evil Invaders.

Commented Destruction front man Schmier:

"After several journeys around the world and great festival tours, we are finally back with a European headlining tour! And we’re looking forward to presenting a 'Best of 30 years' without any curfew, we could hardly play at any festival.

"With Lost Society & Evil Invaders we got two aspiring and sensational opening acts with us to heat up the audience very night! This generation clash will serve you the finest and most excessive Thrash & Speed attack yet to seen! I hope you are still very HUNGRY!!!!” More...

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Blastfest 2015 Announces New Bands

Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered the black metal capital of the world, is now just under 6 months away from seeing a total extreme metal annihilation!

The second edition of Bergen’s new indoor metal festival, Blastfest, has already been launched with a remarkable lineup.

The 2015 lineup includes the brutal force of Poland’s own Decapitated, Sweden's Craft, the Canadian death institution of Cryptopsy, and Finnish black metal kings, Impaled Nazarene, to name a few.

With still 20 more bands to come, today the festival organizers announce the addition of At The Gates, Dark Funeral, Rotting Christ, Demilich, Sarke, Destruction, Saturnus, Endstille, and Borknagar. More...

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Destruction Announces European Tour

The German thrash machine Destruction will return to the road for a full European headlining tour this Fall.

Joining en route are two promising acts of the current thrash and speed metal scene: Finnish label mates Lost Society and Belgium newcomers Evil Invaders. Commented Destruction frontman Schmier:

“After several journeys around the world and great festival tours, we are finally back with a European headlining tour! And we’re looking forward to presenting a 'Best of 30 years' without any curfew or tight festival schedule! With Lost Society & Evil Invaders we got two aspiring and sensational opening acts with us to heat up the audience very night! This generation clash will serve you the finest and most excessive thrash & speed attack yet to seen! I hope you are still very HUNGRY!!!!”

Added Lost Society: “We're beyond stoked to pack our gear and head back around Europe to cause mayhem!! It's gonna be an amazing tour and we're so excited that it's gonna be with the legendary Destruction! It's round two around Europe for us, so get ready braindead metalheads, it's thrash time!!”

Stated Evil Invaders: “Evil Invaders on tour with Destruction? FUCK YEAH!! We’ll be thrashing along with one of Thrash Metal’s true legends! We are more than thrilled that we can jump aboard to thrash the UK for the first time and of course Thrash Metal Germany will be awesome too! Evil Invaders touring together with Destruction and Lost Society will definitely be one hell of an oldschool thrashing maniac trip! Let’s rip this shit UP!!!” More...

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Tankard To Release Split With Destruction

German thrash outfit Tankard just announced a split release with label mates Destruction. The single is available on colored vinyl and includes following songs:

Side A - Tankard - Fooled By Your Guts
Side B - Destruction - Wildstyle-Immortality

The Song “Fooled By Your Guts” is the first single of Tankard's upcoming album “R.I.B.” and “Wildstyle-Immortality” is a brand new track from Destruction.

The single will be released on June 20th exclusively via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order your copy right here.

Tankard's new full-length album "R.I.B." is also due out June 20th (Europe) and June 24th (U.S.) via Nuclear Blast.

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Destruction & Krisiun Do Virginia

“Fuck all this ‘thrash,’ ‘black,’ ‘power’ bullshit,” snarls the towering mountain of a bassist from stage right. “It’s all Metal, right? That’s why we’re all here.”

Coming from Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer, a genre veteran and one of thrash metal’s European founders, these are powerful words. They serve as a reminder of Destruction’s influences – which, considering the German band’s pioneer status, are decidedly traditional – and its legacy, which includes death and black metal.

All told, Schmier has made it credibly clear that tonight is about celebrating Metal, with that capital “M.” Being heavy, playing your heart out, thrashing, rocking. ‘Banging, for those who can use the word “bangover” with a straight face. That’s a multi-context word if I’ve ever heard one. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 9

This week certainly could've gone better for metal. Most of us woke Monday morning to the startling news that Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus - visiting alien, hilarious aficionado of all things offensive, and lead singer of costumed shock metallers GWAR - had died in his sleep of unknown causes Sunday, March 23rd.

Naturally, co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) felt it only right to devote a nice, twitching, juicy slab of this week's podcast to Dave/Oderus. [00:50:45] His sudden death will likely have a massive, throbbing, aching impact on the future of metal culture, an impact as understated and yet as ever-present as his three-decade influence while alive and killing.

It's not all bummer news, though. We have some live concert adventures to share as well. Kevin caught performances by two renowned progressive metal bands: The Ocean [00:08:58] and Between The Buried And Me. [00:37:15] Mike saw thrashers Destruction [00:00:44] and experienced a unique, unexpected, trend-bucking grassroots event dubbed Annihilation Fest, held in Lynchburg, Virginia. [00:27:01]

We'd like to thank Metal Blade Records for their permission to use GWAR's "Zombies, March!" to open up this special episode, which you can check out here.

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Krisiun Embarking On Tour

Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun will be heading back on the road in North America this week with German thrashers Destruction. See below for all upcoming dates.

Mar. 18--The Palladium--Worcester, MA *
Mar. 19--Marlin Roon @ Webster Hall--New York, NY *
Mar. 20--Empire--Springfield, VA *
Mar. 21--Mojo 13--Wilmington, DE *
Mar. 22--Alrosa Villa--Columbus, OH *
Mar. 23--The Casbah--Johnson City, TN *
Mar. 24--Fubar--St. Louis, MO *
Mar. 25--Infest--Austin, TX **
Mar. 26--Tricky Falls--El Paso, TX **
Mar. 27--Joe's Grotto--Phoenix, AZ **
Mar. 28--Cheyenne Saloon--Las Vegas, NV **
Mar. 29--Mirror Image--Anaheim, CA **
Mar. 30--The Whisky--West Hollywood, CA ** More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Destruction Announces 30th Anniversary Show

German thrash metal institution Destruction has announced an exclusive headliner show celebrating 30 year of total destruction.

The show will take place on November 15th, 2013 at Helvete Oberhausen. Supporting Destruction on that night will be Polish thrash outlet War-Saw and Swedish retro rockers Year of the Goat. Commented Destruction front destroyer Schmier:

"2013 was a very busy year for Destruction, we have played the biggest festivals around the globe and we headlined in the venues & clubs of this round earth. Unfortunately we couldn’t do this earlier, but now at the end of our 30th anniversary we are most happy to announce that there will be a 'Best of 30 years' show in Germany as well. After so many years and records it is still a challenge to put up a setlist.

"For our headliner shows we have a special song selection and an extended concert for all of you that will blow the fans’ minds for decades to come. I love playing festivals, but Thrash Metal & Destruction work out best in a sweaty club! It has been a while since we have been in the Ruhr Area and we are really looking forward to the gig at Helvete!”

Tickets are available online at this location.

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Destruction Comments On Rock In Rio Appearance

After taking part in this year;s Rock In Rio Festival, the German thrash metal veterans in Destruction reminisce on what will definitely stick out as a highlight of their long lasting carrier.

The event started in 1985 with top acts like Queen, Iron Maiden, and many more, playing in front of 1.3 million visitors. The following events Rock In Rio II and Rock In Rio III took place with a ten years between them – in 1991 and 2001. In 2004 the festival relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon and in an additional version in Madrid. For its tenth anniversary, Rock In Rio returned to its roots. This year's edition, which was again held in the Brazilian capital, saw another brilliant line-up featuring Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and of course Destruction.

Front force Schmier (Bass, Vocals & Hate) commented:

“The air was clearly filled with tension before our appearance at the biggest and most renowned Festival of our time. In Brazil and even all of Latin America this event brings along giant media coverage, in a way I’ve never seen before. During an entire week all performances are aired live on TV, newspapers feature specials and cover stories, soda cans have special printings on them and everybody is only talking about the festival. The pride of the whole nation is focused on Rio during these nine days! Even soccer is second string for this period and we all know how important it is to Latin American countries!

"Even for ripped-off geezers like us there are still highlights to come and Rock In Rio festival with its fan euphoria (at the airport there were fans jumping at your every other moment) was a sensational experience. Before it we’ve already spend a week in South America getting ready and we were hot! The show, were our Brazilian buddies of Krisiun supported us as guests, was just as insane as one imagines it to be with this kind of magnitude in Brazil. Several huge circlepits and tens of thousands of fists in the air celebrating the German Thrash Metal as if we had reinvented it! Total madness! When I come to look back on my carrier someday, Rock In Rio will stick out as one of its highlights. Having the people go nutts because of the event for almost a week, in a way that is only possible in Brazil: Pure joy of life and euphoria together with the ferocity of the latinos!

"Just terrific! Thank you Brazil for having us experience this, the craziest fans on earth definitely live in Latin America!!!” More...

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The Big Teutonic 4 Comment On Beastival

The day the thrash metal world had been waiting for came this past Thursday at the Beastival Open Air in Geiselwind, Germany when The Big Teutonic 4 - Kreator Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard - performed in front of thousands of metalheads.

Now, all four bands share their memories and thoughts of this memorable night. A photo taken after the shows by artist Stefan 'Heile' Heilemann of Heilemania can also be found below.

Kreator's Mille Petrozza comments: "My personal highlight were the fans! We had real bad luck with the weather and during our gig there was not just heavy rain but also a real storm so that it would rain on stage all the time. Our fans once more proved to be the toughest and best in the world and partied with us till the end. Touching and impressive at the same time. Beastival was a KILLER festival overall!"

Sodom's Tom Angelripper states: "Beastival was a special event for Sodom. The Big Teutonic 4 sharing the same stage... this event will go down in history. Aside of that everything else was just classy as well. I've barely experienced a festival as well-organized as this. And a special thank you also goes out to all the metalheads that stuck with us despite the heavy rain and made this festival a memorable and great experience for all of us! We're hoping on a repetition!" More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Beastival Open Air

Essence, Hellish Crossfire, Bleeding Red, and Justice have been newly confirmed for the Beastival Open Air 2013. NoiseArt Records also comments on the fest:

"The three-day headbanger's feast will take place May 30th to June 1st in Geiselwind / Germany and will get you a perfect start into your very own heavy summer!

"The line up that will enter two stages already looks like a wet dream come true. Beside Sabaton, Wintersun, Kataklysm, Satyricon, and many other bands the 'Big Teutonic 4' Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankard have been announced.

"More info about Beastival, the bands and how to get your tickets including limited fan packs (ticket, T-Shirt + NoiseArt CD of your choice) at the festival's website or through Hardticket.eu." More...

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Big Teutonic 4 Releasing Covers CD

German Legacy magazine included an exclusive 4-track compilation CD of "The Big Teutonic 4" in issue no. 82 that included brand new cover versions of heavy metal classics by Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Now, Germany’s “Big 4” – namely thrash legends Kreator, Tankard, Destruction, and Sodom - will also release this tribute in the form of a 10” mini LP. It’ll be available in black as well as in red and yellow (the latter two exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order) and will contain a different song by Sodom as compared to the compilation CD. The track listing is as follows:

Side A
Kreator - The Number Of The Beast (IRON MAIDEN)
Sodom - Ace Of Spades (MOTÖRHEAD)

Side B
Destruction - The Hammer (MOTÖRHEAD)
Tankard - The Prisoner (IRON MAIDEN)

Order your copy of this very special limited release right here. Moreover, for the very first time in history The Big Teutonic 4 will share one stage on the same night: at the Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that’ll take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

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Darkend To Play Steelfest 2013

After closing the year with a performance at Germany's Satans Convention alongside Taake and Inquisition, Italian obscure horror metallers Darkend have just been confirmed for the Steelfest Open Air 2013.

The extreme metal festival will take place in Hyvinkää, Finland on May 24th - 25th featuring Mayhem, Sodom, Destruction, Belphegor, Tsjuder, and more.

Further details can be found at the festival's Facebook profile here. You can also check out footage of Darkend performing below. More...

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The "Big Teutonic 4" To Play Beastival 2013

Prepare to witness history being written right in front of your eyes – at the first Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that will take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.

The "Big Teutonic 4" – the legendary quartet of German thrash metal bands that shaped the European heavy metal scene – will share the same stage on the same evening. Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard will tear down the venue and thrash you into the ground at the Beastival 2013. Other confirmed bands include:

Sabaton
Wintersun
Kataklysm
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Korpiklaani

More bands are to be announced soon. Secure your tickets for this epic event at the Nuclear Blast web shop here. For further information, visit the festival's website.

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Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Hatebreed
Saint Vitus
Candlemass
Sodom
Destruction
Enslaved
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Senser
Iron Saviour
Huntress
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Heidevolk
Hark
Viza
Arthemis
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Abadden
4Arm
Winterfylleth
RSJ
Commander In Chief
Empress
Sacred Mother Tongue
Triaxis
Shear
Undersmile
Serpent Venom
Oaf
Jaguar
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Dyscarnate
Monument
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Driven
Black Acid Souls
Sansara
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric


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Destruction Posts New Music Video

German thrash legends posted the new music video for the track "Carnivore" exclusively through Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel (shown below). The song appears on the band's new LP "Spiritual Genocide," which is scheduled for release on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The video was produced at Polish Mania Studio and sees the return of the classic character, "the Mad Butcher." The track listing for "Spritual Genocide" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Cyanide (streaming here)
3. Spiritual Genocide
4. Renegades
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
8. Carnivore
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge

Check out "Carnivore" here: More...

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Destruction Posts "Carnivore" Music Video Teaser

German thrash legends are on the brink of releasing the 30th Anniversary Album "Spiritual Genocide" on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. The album's first music video will be for the track "Carnivore" and will be available exclusively through Metal Hammer on November 12, 2012 at 4:00pm (GMT), 11:00am EST, 8:00am PST. A preview teaser of the clip can be seen below.

The track listing for "Spritual Genocide" is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Cyanide (see lyric video here)
3. Spiritual Genocide
4. Renegades
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
8. Carnivore
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge

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Destruction Releases Lyric Video

After previously streaming the song online, German legendary thrash metal icons Destruction have just released a lyric video for “Cyanide,” taken from their upcoming "Spiritual Genocide" album. Check out the clip below.

The new album is scheduled for release on November 23rd, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Exordium
2. Cyanide
3. Spiritual Genocide
4. Renegades
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
8. Carnivore
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge More...

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