Band Photo: Destruction (?)
From: Weil am Rhein, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
AFM Records has posted this press release:
DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier brought his old band HEADHUNTER back to life. He originally founded this band after his short split from DESTRUCTION at the end of the eighties.
With HEADHUNTER, Schmier released the three outstanding records - "Parody Of Life" (1990), "A Bizarre Gardening Accident" (1992) and "Rebirth" (1994), together with Jörg Michael (ex-SAXON/STRATOVARIUS) on drums and Schmuddel on guitar. This three records were out of print for a long time and it was only possible to buy them at high price on eBay or from private collectors. Now, the albums will be re-released through AFM Records with a remastered sound and a new booklet with old pictures, liner notes and all lyrics. The release date will be September 7, 2007.
Schmier comments: "Since years, we talked about bringing HEADHUNTER back to life and now we finally did it!. The old HEADHUNTER records which were out of stock since a long time will be re-released as 'Nice Price' CDs with a remastered sound. A lot of fans asked me to reactivate this band during our shows with DESTRUCTION or via Internet, but by now it was impossible for me to make this happen because of the full schedule of DESTRUCTION. To avoid the horrible word 'selling off', I took my time to prepare the HEADHUNTER re-releases carefully. Now, even the younger fans have the possibility to listen to the HEADHUNTER songs, which are thrashy indeed, but a little bit more melodic comparing to the stuff we do with DESTRUCTION. Something like: NWOBHM meets Thrash!"
And now, Schmier is ready to go one better - HEADHUNTER will release a brand new album in the original line up!
Schmier adds: "As we prepared the re-master process, I rediscovered my relation to more melodica songs and at a single blow, I had lots of new ideas, that do not match with DESTRUCTION. I never lost the contact to Jörg and Schmuddel, so I asked them if they are interested in doing new stuff. Their reaction was quite positive, so we are ready to resurrect the magic of the early nineties! Who will think of just another dispensable reunion will be completely wrong. The main focus of everyone goes to our main bands, but with HEADHUNTER, we have the possibility to have fun with the music we grew up with and play without any stress and pressure. In the nineties, the name HEADHUNTER, stood for independent minded Metal and everyone who asks about the sense of this reunion will find the answer on our new record which will be packed with tons of hymns and neck-breakers! We promise!"
The new HEADHUNTER album will be released in Spring 2008 through AFM Records. To shorten the time to the new release, everyone can check out the re-releases and headbang to classics like "Parody Of Life". Schmier reports: "I feel like I am 20 Years old...hehe - don't worry... I didn't take any drugs!"
Schmier's comments to the first three HEADHUNTER releases:
"We did the first HEADHUNTER record 'Parody Of Life', right after my split with DESTRUCTION. I originally wrote some of the ideas for the DESTRUCTION album 'Cracked Brain', but after the split I used some of them for the HEADHUNTER album. Maybe, that's the reason why 'Parody Of Life' is the hardest sounding HEADHUNTER album so far!
'A Bizzarre Gardening Accident' comes with a pretty non-typical metal cover. It's very diversified and includes hard sounding elements as well as melodical ideas. The different ideas from Schmuddel and myself compared with Jörg Michael's drum style formed the typical HEADHUNTER style - something between Thrash, Power and NWOBHM - Metal!
For me, 'Rebirth' is the most mellow HEADHUNTER album in terms of the sound and the songwriting. It's my favourite HEADHUNTER album. After all the years, the remastered version sounds really fresh. It kicks fucking ass!"
For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have issued the following update:
"The show in Wacken [in early August] this year will feature some special surprise performances. Beside the 'Mad Butcher and his pleasure slaves,' all the original and former members will join the band for the finale of the performance. Although the band will perform 'The Alliance of Hellhoundz' with different guest singers! You can enjoy the 75-minute 'Best of Destruction' set at 6:45 p.m. on the Wacken BlackStage. The event will be filmed for the 25th anniversary DVD that will be released in 2007!"
Wacken Open Air is scheduled to take place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany.
DESTRUCTION and GOREFEST are among the confirmed bands for the Devil's Revenge Festival, set to take place December 29, 2007 in Lichtenfels, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
DESTRUCTION's "Thrash Anthems" album, a collection of reworked/re-recorded versions of the band's classic tracks, was released in January via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at House of Music Studio in Germany) and Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with almost the same team that worked on the group's "Inventor of Evil" CD: DESTRUCTION's live sound engineers Gerd Krenz, Franky Winkelmann and GURD/POLTERGEIST mastermind VO Pulver. The tracks were mixed by one of the best metal producers in Europe — Jacob Hansen, the Danish producer and INVOCATOR singer and guitarist.
GOREFEST's new album, "Rise to Ruin", has had its U.S. release date pushed back to September 25 from the previously announced August 28. According to a posting on the reactivated Dutch metallers' web site, the delay is due to the fact that Candlelight Records USA has taked over distribution of the CD from Nuclear Blast America.
A brand new GOREFEST track, entitled "Revolt", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off "Rise to Ruin", which will be released in Europe on August 3 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed by Danish producer Tue Madsen at his Antfarm studios in Århus, Denmark. "He managed to make everything sound even heavier than we'd imagined," guitarist Frank Harthoorn previously said.
Destruction have added a few more dates to their summer schedule, the complete list below:
6/30 - Trinec, Czech Republic - Trinec, Noc Plna Hvezd 2007
7/21 - Castelvolturno (Caserta) Italy , S-Hammer Metal Fest IV
7/22 - Xanthi, Greece - Metal Healing Festival
8/4 - Wacken, Germany - W:O:A
8/6 - Portugal - Lagoa Burning Live
8/7 - Eeklo, Belgium - Meetjeslands Metalfest 4 (MMF 4)
8/22 - Tokyo, Japan - Thrash Domination Festival
8/23 - Tokyo, Japan - Thrash Domination Festival
As previously reported, Destruction recently announced November tour dates for England, Ireland and Scotland to followup.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
German thrash metal legends are to team with British thrashers Onslaught for a UK tour this November. Support will come from Rasta and Amenti.
Tour dates are as follows...
9 Nov 2007 20:00 - The Peal, Kingston
10 Nov 2007 20:00 - Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
11 Nov 2007 20:00 - An Cruiscin Lan, Cork
12 Nov 2007 20:00 - Soundhouse, Glasgow
13 Nov 2007 20:00 - Rios, Leeds
14 Nov 2007 20:00 - Stanley Hollow, Liverpool
15 Nov 2007 20:00 - Satans Hollow, Manchester
16 Nov 2007 20:00 - TJ´s, Newport
17 Nov 2007 20:00 - Underworld, London
18 Nov 2007 20:00 - Concorde 2, Brighton
19 Nov 2007 20:00 - Unit 22, Southampton
German death metal act COMMANDER will support DESTRUCTION on May 11 at Turock in Essen, Germany. COMMANDER will also embark on a Balkan tour in May as the support act for Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. The dates are as follows:
May 27 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mocvara
May 28 - Sarajevo, Bosnia - SA Club
COMMANDER will also play two additional shows with Croatian melodic death band DEFIANT:
May 25 – Osijek, Croatia - Mini Teatar
May 26 – Zupanja, Croatia - OKC
COMMANDER released its acclaimed debut album, "World's Destructive Domination", last year via Bad Land Records/Point Music.
For more information, visit their Myspace page.
Long-running German thrashers DESTRUCTION have lined up the following dates:
May 11 - Essen, Germany - Turock
May 12 - Nancy, Pagney, France - Chez Paulette (with INSANE)
May 14 - Toulouse, France - Havana Cafe (with SABATON, THUNDERBOLT)
May 15 - Irun, Spain - Tunk
May 16 - Vigo, Spain - Sala A
May 17 - Gijon, Spain - Sala Albeniz
May 18 - El Prat de Llobregat, Spain - Metal Circus Fest - La Capsa
May 19 - Murcia, Spain - El Nuevo Garaje de la Tia Maria
May 20 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo y Compás
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
Austrian extreme black/death metal outfit BELPHEGOR has been confirmed for the Hellflame Festival, set to take place on September 8 at N8 in Osnabrück, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
SECRETS OF THE MOON
In other news, BELPHEGOR has scheduled two dates in Russia in April. The details are as follows:
Apr. 13 - Port Club - St. Petersburg, RUS
Apr. 14 - Tochka Club – Moscow, RUS
BELPHEGOR's video for the song "Bluhtsturm Erotika" — produced and directed by Florian Werner — has been posted online at Belphegor.at. The song comes off the group's new album, "Pestapokalypse VI", which was released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records.
BELPHEGOR recently took part in Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black Tour, which was revived last month for a two-week West Coast run. Also appearing on the bill were DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED and ASESINO.
INTO ETERNITY will kick off 2007 as direct support to the legendary Destruction, which kicks off at the Seattle Metalfest at The Showbox on Jan. 20th. This trek also marks the addition of new members Steve Bolognese (ex-Beyond The Embrace) on drums and Justin Bender on guitars. This is the group's second run for this album's touring cycle, and fans can expect a blistering 40+ minute set. Municipal Waste and Hirax will also be joining the package for certain dates.
Tim Roth (guitars, vocals) states: "We are pleased to announce our latest tour in support of thrash legends Destruction! I grew up on thrash metal, so it will be amazing to tour with the Destruction guys. It will be our first tour of 2007, and I can't think of a better way to get started. This going to be a high-energy package, and we can't wait to see everyone on the road. Keep it metal!"
The group's stunning new video for the track "Severe Emotional Distress" was shot by up-and-coming director Kevin Wildt (Set Your Goals, The Warriors). You can check it out on YouTube.com
Here are the Into Eternity tour dates: More...
Candlelight Records USA has posted DESTRUCTION's remake of their classic ‘Mad Butcher’ to the label's official MySpace site. Bring your browser to http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa for a listen.
‘Mad Butcher’ comes from the band's forthcoming “Thrash Anthems” album, set to hit US stores on January 23. Alongside 12 other remakes, “Thrash Anthems” contains two brand new songs, ‘Deposition/Your Heads Will Roll’ and ‘Profanity’.
Southern black metal/sludge masters GOATWHORE will be heading over to the MTV studios in New York City on Wednesday November 29th to tape their segment which will air on Saturday, December 2nd. The band’s video for 'Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult' will air this Saturday, November 11th.
As previously reported, Goatwhore are confirmed for the Seattle Metal Festival which will be held on January 20th, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington. More...
Returning after a three-year hiatus, the Seattle Metal Festival will be on Jan 20, 2007, at The Showbox in Seattle, Washington.
This year’s lineup – a mixture of metal veterans from the US and abroad, as well as up and coming national acts - will be: Overkill, God Forbid, Destruction, Into Eternity, Ghoatwhore, The Human Abstract, Mnemic, and Arsis.
The festival is promoted by Frank Hetzel of Howitzer Productions and the main sponsor is Dragon Monkey Media. Hetzel is the creator of the Seattle Metal Festival and the Northwest Deathfest, as well as the promoter of many metal shows in the Seattle area.
“I put the Seattle Metal Fest on the back burner for a while because I felt that it should become a stronger festival- a show with great national metal acts that people would travel from all over the Pacific Northwest to see,” said Hetzel. “It took some time to work out the logistics for a festival of this size and with the help of Dragon Monkey Media; the show is coming together smoothly.”
Dragon Monkey Media LLC is a Northwest-based media company promoting local musicians and artists by providing an internet resource to allow them to showcase their artistic works through its associated record label, Hot Monkey Records, and its affiliated production company, Dark Angel Productions.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11 through Tickets West (www.ticketswest.com) and The Showbox box office, as well as seattlemetalfest.com, Silver Platters in Seattle, and Scrape Records in Vancouver, B.C. The Showbox is located at 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, WA (www.showboxonline.com, 206-628-3151). Tickets will be $25.00 advance and $30.00 day of show. This is an all ages event with alcohol available for purchase to those at least 21 years old with ID.
Landphil, bassist of Virginian thrashers Municipal Waste has claimed in this week's Kerrang magazine that he recorded his bass lines from inside a coffin (view a scan of the article).
You can catch Municipal Waste on tour in the USA on the following dates:
11/3 Ogden Theater Denver, CO
11/4 Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, UT
11/5 Big Easy Concert House Boise, ID
11/7 Big Easy Spokane, WA
11/8 The Fenix (formerly the Premier) Seattle, WA
11/9 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver
11/10 Rseland Theater Portland, OR
11/11 Midtown Bend, OR
11/12 Senator Theater Chico, CA
11/13 New Oasis Sparks, NV
11/14 The Warfield San Francisco, CA
11/15 House of Blues San Diego, CA
11/18 Glasshouse Pomona, CA
11/19 Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
11/20 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
11/21 Key Club@ Morongo Cabazon, CA
11/22 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ
11/24 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
11/25 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
11/26 Meridian Houston, TX
11/27 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
11/28 Floyd's Music Store Tallahassee, FL
11/29 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/30 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
12/1 House of Blues Buena Vista, FL
12/2 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
12/4 Exit/In Nashville, TN
12/5 Blue Cats Knoxville, TN
12/6 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
12/8 House of Blues N. Myrtle Beach
12/9 The Canal Club Richmond, VA
12/10 9:30 Club Washington D.C., DC
12/11 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
12/12 The Buffalo Icon Buffalo, NY
Then they will be touring on the "Thrash Till Death" tour with Destruction, and Sadus: More...
Destruction have announced tour date for their upcoming headlining tour that will feature Sadus and Municipal Waste as supporting bands. The tour dates are as follows:
January 20 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
January 21 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
January 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
January 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
January 26 - Denver, CO @ Hubba's House of Rock
January 27 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
January 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
January 29 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
January 30 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
January 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
February 1 - Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
February 2 - Quebec City, QUE @ L' Imperial
February 3 - Montreal, QUE @ Foufounes Electriques
February 4 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
February 5 - New York, NY @ Rebel
February 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
February 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
February 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
February 10 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
February 11 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
February 13 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
February 14 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
February 15 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's
February 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
February 17 - Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
More tour dates to be announced.
TAAKE frontman Hoest has issued the following update:
"Yeah, I've been out of jail for a while. Corax [TAAKE guitarist], however, still has a few years left of his sentence.
"At the moment I'm putting together a new lineup. There has been talk about a European tour next year. In the meantime, check out TAAKE's split 10-inch with GIGANTOMACHY [featuring Corax], soon available from Agonia Records."
TAAKE's side of the mini-LP includes a DESTRUCTION cover as a special bonus. Expect around 35 minutes of "pure darkness and evil," according to a press release.
Veteran Dutch thrashers DEAD HEAD are currently in the studio working on demos for their forthcoming fifth album, tentatively due next year. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Swing", "Less Than Zero" and "Dissolved in Purity".
In other news, DEAD HEAD has uploaded a 3.5-minute compilation of video footage from the recording sessions for last year's "Haatland" album. Check it out at YouTube.com.
Formed in 1989, DEAD HEAD recorded "Haatland" at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR). A 10-inch vinyl EP, "Dog God", featuring two songs from "Haatland", the IRON MAIDEN cover "Total Eclipse" and a re-recording of an older track, was released in 2004 via Fadeless Records. More...
The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.
Organizers have issued the following update:
This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.
It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.
Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.
The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...