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Formed: 1983
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
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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
12. Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys cover) More...

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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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Destruction: New Live Drum-Cam Footage Posted

Drummers From Hell has uploaded live drum-cam footage showcasing Destruction drummer Wawrzyniec "Vaaver" Dramowicz performing the song "Curse The Gods". The clip was shot at the band's appearance at this year's edition of the "Brutal Assault" festival in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Check out now "Curse The Gods" below.

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Destruction Premieres New Lyric Video

Destruction premieres a new official lyric video for "Generation Nevermore", taken from the band's latest album "Under Attack", out in stores via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "Generation Nevermore" below.

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Destruction Comments On Chart Position

Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce that the new "Under Attack" album from thrash metal band Destruction entered the official German charts at #68.

Band mastermind Schmier states: "This is surreal and amazing at the same time cause German billboards are very conservative! Our last chart entry was in 2010, so it feels as special as the first time! Cheers to all supporters for kicking the ass of the mainstream!"

The album dropped via Nuclear Blast On May 13th, 2016 and a music video for the title track is available below. More...

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Destruction Unleashes "Under Attack" Video Clip

German thrash legends Destruction released a music video for the new track "Under Attack." The song is the title track to the new album, which drops on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Under Attack
2. Generation Nevermore
3. Dethroned
4. Getting Used To The Evil
5. Pathogenic
6. Elegant Pigs
7. Second To None (see lyric video here)
8. Stand Up For What You Deliver
9. Conductor Of The Void
10. Stigmatized
11. Black Metal (feat. Alex of Krisiun) (Bonus Track)
12. Thrash Attack (Bonus Track)

Check out "Under Attack" here: More...

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Destruction Announces Tour With Flotsam & Jetsam

Iconic band Destruction is set to release new thrash metal hammer "Under Attack" on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band announced plans to hitt the road for a full European headlining tour this fall.

Destruction will join forces with U.S. thrash metal monsters Flotsam & Jetsam, the Swedish metal maniacs from Enforcer, and Brazil's Nervosa. Destruction mastermind Schmier states:

"I'm totally thrilled that we got this amazing package together, when you go on tour you wanna give the fans the best they deserve: Nervosa - for me the best extreme female metal band by far, Enforcer are my fave metal - outfit with this pure 80s touch and are back stronger than ever, we are old mates, finally we will tour together again! I can`t wait to see thrashers and metal heads united this autumn, to party, mosh & bang with us - oh yes, sometimes it`s really great to be a metal fan and play in a band - FUCK YEAH! See you ALL soon at the best party around!"

Flotsam & Jetsam comments: “This tour is going to be an absolute thrash fest! is honored to support the legendary Destruction, one of the strongest thrash bands to ever come out of Europe. We can’t think of anything better for this fall than getting back to our friends and fans in Europe for a month, hitting the stage and the streets with Schmier, Mike and Vaaver, the Enforcer crew, and Fernanda and the women of Nervosa, night after night. If that doesn’t sound like trouble, we don’t know what does!”

Enforcer adds: "Extremely excited to take a break in our new album process to go out on another European tour with our childhood heroes in Destruction and Flotsam & Jetsam. 100% total metal madness guaranteed! Don't miss out on the heaviest tour of the year." More...

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Destruction Posts "Under Attack" Teaser

Iconic thrash metal band Destruction is set to release new album "Under Attack" on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band has uploaded a teaser whetting our appetites for a forthcoming official video shot for the album's title track. Check it out below. The full video will be released next week - stay tuned!

Destruction kicked off recording sessions for the new album after the summer festivals last year and recorded segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. The cover was created by acclaimed artist Gyula from Hungary. More...

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Destruction Unleashes "Second To None" Lyric Video

German thrash legends Destruction released a lyric video for the new track "Second to None." The song is the first full track taste from the upcoming new album "Under Attack," which is set to drop May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

On the album, frontman/bassist Schmier commented: "Many say our music direction can not evolve, I can see very different."

The track list for the album is:

1. Under Attack
2. Generation Nevermore
3. Dethroned
4. Getting Used To The Evil
5. Pathogenic
6. Elegant Pigs
7. Second To None
8. Stand Up For What You Deliver
9. Conductor Of The Void
10. Stigmatized
11. Black Metal (feat. Alex of Krisiun) (Bonus Track)
12. Thrash Attack (Bonus Track)

"Second to None" and the accompanying lyric video tackles the topic of bullying and its effects. Check out the clip here: More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Destruction Releases "Under Attack" Preview

German thrash legends Destruction released a preview clip for the new album "Under Attack." The album is set to drop May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Bassist/frontman Schmier commented: "Our planet was never so under pressure. It cracks everywhere and the respect for our home and the people seem completely lost. So the dismal prognosis of crime bosses."

"You can hear the typical style out immediately, but we have added some new nuances," confirmed Schmier. "Many say our music direction can not evolve, I can see very different."

The track list for the album is:

1. Under Attack
2. Generation Nevermore
3. Dethroned
4. Getting Used To The Evil
5. Pathogenic
6. Elegant Pigs
7. Second To None
8. Stand Up For What You Deliver
9. Conductor Of The Void
10. Stigmatized
11. Black Metal (feat. Alex of Krisiun) (Bonus Track)
12. Thrash Attack (Bonus Track)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Destruction Announces New Album "Under Attack"

German thrash legends Destruction have announced that the band's new release will be entitled "Under Attack." The album is set to drop May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Bassist/frontman Schmier commented: "Our planet was never so under pressure. It cracks everywhere and the respect for our home and the people seem completely lost. So the dismal prognosis of crime bosses."

"You can hear the typical style out immediately, but we have added some new nuances," confirmed Schmier. "Many say our music direction can not evolve, I can see very different."

More information on the album is expected soon. A teaser clip can be heard after the album's artwork depicted below: More...

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Destruction Recording New Album

Iconic thrash metal band Destruction is currently working on a new album entitled “Under Attack.” The band started the recording sessions after the summer festivals last year and has been recording segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016.

So far Destruction has completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, as well as completing some basic recordings, mixing and mastering with VO Pulver at Little Greek Studios in Switzerland. “Under Attack” will be released on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Metal Musicians React to Lemmy’s Death

While we’re all still reeling from the news of Lemmy's death, the metal world is paying tribute to the legendary Motörhead bassist/singer.

Dozens of metal celebrities have been posting a few words and personal memories in his honor.

A few highlights from the flood of posts can be found below:



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Sepultura Plays 30-Year Anniversary Show in Austin

Just a few weeks ago I watched Cavalera Conspiracy perform Sepultura songs at the Texas Independence Festival on the very same stage at Empire Control Room & Garage. At that show I heard the former voice (Max) and beat maker (Igor) of Sepultura. With the band bearing the namesake Sepultura, I witnessed original bassist Paulo Jr. and longtime guitarist Andreas Kisser. Most of all I would be comparing vocalists. I saw Max Cavalera front the band during their vaunted “Chaos A.D.” album twenty-one years ago, so I was curious to hear Derrick Green’s fill in this position. More...

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Destruction Drummer To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Destruction drummer Vaaver will not be able to complete the band's upcoming North American tour with Sepultura and Arsis due to the birth of his second child.

Standing in for Vaaver will be longtime Primal Fear / Annihilator drummer (and current DuskMachine member), Randy Black. Destruction front man, Schmier, states:

“I've known Randy for many years. He’s a down to earth guy and a killer drummer! So when we thought about who could replace Vaaver on this North American tour, only a few drummers came to my mind and Randy was our first choice. Who else could do a stand-in job like this with a great attitude and amazing skills! It will be a great experience for us to play with such a powerhouse drummer and I’m sure Destruction fans will appreciate his performance as well!" More...

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