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Formed: 1983
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
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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:

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter

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
Saint Vitus
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Iron Saviour
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Commander In Chief
Sacred Mother Tongue
Serpent Venom
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Black Acid Souls
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

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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

Check out the clip here: More...

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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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Destruction Streaming New Track "Cyanide"

German thrash legends Destruction are streaming the new track "Cyanide." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Spiritual Genocide," which is scheduled for release on November 23, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will mark the band's 30th Anniversary.

The track list for "Spiritual Genocide" 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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Destruction Posts Second In Studio Video

Mike, Schmier & Vaaver from German thrash metal legends Destruction are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with Engineer Martin Buchwalter recording the new 30th Anniversary album entitled "Spiritual Genocide." The second installment in a series of studio videos has been posted and can be viewed below. The reports that has been visits from fellow 30th Anniversary alumni: thrash gods Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Gerre (Tankard), who will perform on the record.

The first in studio video can be seen at this location as well as another video showcasing the album's artwork over at this location. Check out the second in studio video here: More...

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Destruction Posts "Spiritual Genocide" Art Trailer

German thrash titans Destruction have posted a video trailer for the "Spiritual Genocide" cover artwork. Check out the clip below. "Spiritual Genocide" marks the band's 13th studio album, celebrating 30 years of Destruction, and is set to be unleashed November 23rd, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. An in-studio video from the new album can also be found at this location.

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Destruction Posts First In Studio Video On New LP

German thrash icons Destruction posted the first in a series of in studio videos. The band is currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter recording their new album "Spiritual Genocide." The thirty year anniversary released will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, guest appearances from fellow 30th Anniversary German thrash Alumni Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Gerre (Tankard). "Spritual Genocide" is expected for a November 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out a preview of the new song "Cyanide" along with Wawrzyniec Dramowicz a/k/a "Vaaver" laying down the drum tracks here:

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Destruction Comments On Upcoming Album

Mike, Schmier, and Vaaver from German thrash act Destruction are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter to record their new thrash hammer. The thirty year anniversary album will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, there have been guest visits from Mr. Tom Angelripper and Gerre from Tankard.

Mastermind Schmier commented: "For this anniversary album we did a really great job, our new drummer VAAVER opens up new possibilities of course. On this album there are no limits. So fast, brutal and yet groovy we haven't ever sounded, probably! Also the guest musicians are very special this time: with Gerre (TANKARD) and Tom Angelripper (SODOM) our old friends and companions are with us, the original 'Mad Butcher/Release from Agony' - line up is doing one song and with Ol Drake (EVILE) we got the hottest young thrash guitarist for a few solos on the album!

"Germany's best extreme metal producer Andy Classen will take care for the brutal and raw production! The album will destroy even more than DOR: fast riffs, double bass attacks and brutal groovy songs, I think this time we found the 100% right mix!

"Also the 'Mad Butcher' returns to the cover. Cool artworks are very important for us; for the new thrash thunderstorm our artist Gyula created a real hammer again! The artwork makes clear immediately where to go - FULL FORCE AHEAD - as it has to be."

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Mortal Infinity Playing Castle Invasion Fest

German thrashers Mortal Infinity will perform at this year's Castle Invasion Metal Open Air, which takes place August 17th and 18th at Burg Frauenstein in Altheim, Ausgtria. Mortal Infinity will take the stage Saturday the 18th right after Destruction's set. For more info on Castle Invasion Metal Open Air visit the Facebook event page. Below is the current schedule of bands that will play at the festival.

Friday, August 17th

00:15 - 01:00 Integritlie
23:15 - 00:00 Nightforest
21:00 - 23.00 Haggard
20:00 - 20:45 Stormnatt
19:00 - 19:45 Bifröst
18:00 - 18:45 Distaste
17:00 - 17:45 Krater
16:00 - 16:45 Horns of Hattin
15:15 - 15:45 Zodiac Ass
14:30 - 15:00 Athiria
13:45 - 14:15 Kringa
13:00 - 13:30 Chemical Cancer
12:15 - 12:45 Narsil
11:30 - 12:00 Cemetery Dust
10:45 - 11:15 Collapsed Minds

Saturday, August 18th

00:15 - 01:00 Thorngoth
23:15 - 00:00 Mortal Infinity
21:00 - 23.00 Destruction
20:00 - 20:45 Thornesbreed
19:00 - 19:45 Deathronation
18:00 - 18:45 Sarepta
17:00 - 17:45 Frostland
16:00 - 16:45 Amongst The Deceit
15:15 - 15:45 Tulsadoom
14:30 - 15:00 Flammensturm
13:45 - 14:15 Alastor
13:00 - 13:30 Amystery
12:15 - 12:45 Roadkill 13
11:30 - 12:00 Hellrazors
10:45 - 11:15 Blackwitch
10:00 - 10:30 Sex A La Bamba

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Destruction Issues New Album Update

Germany's Destruction has issued the following announcement about finishing the drum recordings for an upcoming new album:

"The drum recording for the upcoming Destruction album 'Spiritual Genocide' is finished! Vaaver did an amazing job on the fastest Destruction album in history! The release date of this thrashbomb will be around November 2012!"

Further details on the release, which follows the "Day of Reckoning" album, will be announced as they are made available. For more info on Destruction, head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...

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Destruction To Release New LP In November

German thrash pioneers Destruction have just returned to Europe after a successful 30th Anniversary tour in North and Latin America. The band announced a limited festival schedule this summer as they prepare to hit the studio to record a new LP for release this November through Nuclear Blast.

Frontman Schmier had the following comments on the tour: "Thanks once again to all the lunatics for those unbelievable moments, highlights were the Metalfests in Chile & Brazil and the sold out show at the lengendary Whisky a Go Goes in Hollywood! UN-FUCKIN-FORGETABLE!"

The band confirmed appearances at the following festivals:

30.06.2012 - CZECH - BASINFIRE FESTIVAL, Spalene Porici
27.07.2012 - FRANCE - L`ART SCENIQUE, Selestat
18.08.2012 - AUSTRIA - CASTLE INVASION Festival , Fraunstein / Mining
09.09.2012 - GER - SUMMERS END FESTIVAL. Andernach, JUZ

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Destruction Adds More 30th Anniversary Shows

Iconic German thrash trio, Destruction, will kick off its North American 30th year anniversary tour this weekend with shared direct support from Vital Remains and Warbringer (who will be alternating each night) plus Pathology. An updated list of all the confirmed shows can be seen below.

Commented Destruction frontman and bassist, Schmier, “A killer package for old-school thrash and death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure.

"Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!”

Destruction is touring in support of its 11th studio release, "Day Of Reckoning" (Nuclear Blast) - the first album to feature new drummer, Vaaver (Indukti, ex-Unsun) – which debuted at #54 on the Hard Music Albums chart, #58 on the New Artist/Heatseekers Album chart, and #143 on the Independent Current Albums chart the week following its release in March 2011. The album entered Germany’s Media Control chart at #95. More...

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