From: Milan, Italy
Last Known Status: Active
Milan, Italy natives, Destrage, formed in 2005 and have spent the last eight years building a reputation as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Europe in recent years. Their animated live shows have taken them on tour all over Europe, and even over to Japan. During the summer of 2013, Destrage opened for Every Time I Die and Parkway Drive, and headlined a variety of Italian festivals including: Machete Fest, Rock In Riot, MAV Festival, and more.
The current lineup has been consistent since 2007 and after their first demo, "Self Id Generator," Destrage signed a deal with Howling Bull Records, Japan, and released their first full length, "Urban Being," which also saw a worldwide release by Coroner Records in 2009.
The second full length "The King Is Fat'n'Old" was released in 2010 by Coroner Records and Howling Bull, supported by European and Japanese tours and international festivals such as Heineken Jammin' Festival, Euroblast and Mair1 Festival, The Bad Side Festival, Metaltalia Festival MAV Festival and more. The eclectic festival run afforded Destrage the opportunity to share the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Parkway Drive, Hatebreed, Unearth, Municipal Waste, Sick Of It All, Freak Kitchen, Monuments, Jeff Loomis, Penny Wise, After the Burial, Puddle of Mudd, August Burns Red, Enter Shikari, Caliban, Every Time I Die, Lordi, Moonspell and many more.
Destrage released four videos from "The King Is Fat'n'Old". One of them, "Jade's Place"won Torino Soundtrack Awards and was selected for VFX Festivals such as AEAF (Australia), Viedram (Italy) and has been reviewed on White Screen-Japan and the prestigious Stash Magazine.
In 2012, the band wrote and recorded their third album. The result, the band's most focused and dynamic effort yet, "Are You Kidding Me? No." led to a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records.
"Are You Kidding Me? No." was recorded at RecLab and Adrenaline Studios, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at The Machine Shop. The title track features a guest appearance by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns'N'Roses).
The completion and upcoming release of the new album is a key chapter of a stylistic research that has lasted for years and will go on as the band continues to grow as people and musicians. What you hear and see is 100% of what Destrage are now. They destroy, create, transform, sublimate. They worship enthusiasm and venerate the shake that it gives.
Latest Destrage News
Below is our complete Destrage 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.
You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed: words such as "progressive," "cinematic," "mathcore," "technical," and "groove-laden" could be thrown at the group, but really the only one you need is just Destrage.
This has never been more true than on "A Means To No End," the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece released in October 2016 via Metal Blade Records.
Today a guitar play-through video by Camilla Boro / Sandhog Music Production for the track "Dreamers" comes online, featuring the band's own Matteo Di Gioia and Ralph Salati.
"A Means To No End," the fourth full-length album from the Milan, Italy-based Destrage, is due out October 21st via Metal Blade Records.
For a preview of "A Means To No End," a video for the new track, "Don't Stare At The Edge", is now online. Written, edited and directed by Lorenzo Ameri and produced by Camilla Romeo, "Don't Stare At The Edge" can be seen below.
Destrage comments: "'Don't Stare At The Edge' faces the theme of fear, an emotion that paralyzes. Should we want more? Should we be cautious and stay with what we have? 'Maybe I'm trying too hard to keep this much together, when the pile falls apart into pieces, I have no hands to grab them' means that the expression 'less is more' may be true when it is about possessions, but wrong when it is about settling for undesirable, humble conditions like jobs - we refer to that as 'just a means to an end...'
"The fact is, 'less is a bore'. That's why we think that jumping down the cliff, hand in hand with fear, is a good thing. 'Don't stare at the edge, take a good look down', even though heroes tell you to not look down when they come and they think they are saving you." More...
"A Means To No End," the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based Destrage, is due out October 21st via Metal Blade Records.
For a first preview of "A Means To No End," a lyric video directed by The Jack Stupid for new single "Symphony of the Ego" can be found below.
Destrage recorded "A Means To No End" at RecLab Studios in Milan, reuniting with longtime collaborator Larsen Premoli and his assistant Alex D'Errico. While tracking, at the suggestion of drummer Federico Paulovich, the group brought percussionist Alessandro "Pacho" Rossi into the fold.
1. A Means to No End
2. Don't Stare at the Edge
3. Symphony of the Ego
4. Silent Consent
5. The Flight
7. Ending to a Means
8. Peacefully Lost
9. Not Everything Is Said
10. To Be Tolerated
11. Blah Blah
12. A Promise, a Debt
13. Abandon to Random More...
Currently in writing and recording mode for an upcoming album, Italy's Destrage has launched a new guitar playthrough for the track, "Host, Rifles And Coke" taken from the 2014 album "Are You Kidding Me? No." Watch Ralph Salati's guitar tutorial in the YouTube player below.
Salati comments: "It has been pretty fun and challenging to propose again one of my favourite tunes from 'AYKM?N' in the most detailed and meticulous way possible, still preserving the taste of a live performance." More...
Italy's Destrage has launched a brand new drum video for "My Green Neighbour," as performed by dexterous drummer Federico Paulovich.
Watch how the song is played in exceptional detail below. It should be noted that what fans are seeing here is a fresh studio recording, not a video simply synched to album audio. The video was recorded at RecLab studios, and audio was mixed by Adam "Nolly" Getgood from Periphery. Paulovich offers his thoughts on the video:
"It's been a while since we've been talking about making a drum video of a song from 'Are You Kidding Me? No.' The choice of the song came up pretty easily, since 'My Green Neighbour' seems to be one of the most interesting from a drummer's perspective, as well as one of the most entertaining for non-drummers in general.
"The idea was to make a fun sequel of the previous drum video we did in 2012 for the song 'Double Yeah,' so we just put together that concept with the zombie theme, to better fit with the mood of the song. We had tons of fun shooting this video, plus it's always a great pleasure for me to work in a such high-level studio environment, with great pros such as Larsen and, last but not least, our friend Nolly from Periphery, who did an incredible job mixing this track! I can't wait for the video to come out and hope you enjoy it!" More...
Italy's Destrage has plotted out the summer months with a batch of festivals throughout Europe. The first scheduled festival is the April 30th Festival Rama in Italy, followed by appearances at the With Full Force (Germany) and Bloodstock (UK) festivals in July and August, respectively.
Drummer Federico Paulovich commented on the band's summer schedule, so far: "We're very excited to be back on the road and hit the stages of some of the greatest festivals around Europe such as With Full Force and Bloodstock Open Air! Also, we can't wait for this summer headlining tour to begin: we'll be all around our lovely homeland Italy, and it's going to be a blast! Let's get this party started!"
30.04 Festival Rama (IT) Peschiera Del Garda, VR
01.05 Wings Of Bea (IT) Santhià, VC
22.05 Summer Crock Festival (IT) San Martino di Lupari, PD
13.06 Sabbio Summer Fest (IT) Sabbioneta, MN
20.06 Langhe Rock Festival (IT) Santo Stefano Belbo, CN
28.06 Sottozero Summer Festival (IT) Cassinone di Seriate, BG
03.07 With Full Force Festival (DE) Leipzig
11.07 Headbangers Fest (IT) Fondi di Baia, NA
18.07 Figino Rock Party (IT) Figino Serenza, CO
09.08 Bloodstock Festival (UK) Birmingham
01.09 Circolo Magnolia (IT) Segrate, MI More...
Destrage has launched a brand new tour documentary series online through YouTube. The band had cameras rolling during a European tour with Protest the Hero last Fall and during headlining Japanese dates in February.
Guitarist Matteo Di Gioia comments: "After the past documentaries we received offers from filmakers to travel with us and produce nicely crafted material, but we chose to go DIY once again, avoiding fancy camera movements and long set ups. The result is a honest, dirty, homemade mashup of footage that really shows the way our days passed by. There was no need to plan anything, everything was there, we just clicked Rec and had fun."
Watch the first episode of "Mammamia" below. There are ten episodes in total, with new episodes going live each day Monday - Friday for the next two weeks.
08/06-09 Derbyshire, GB Bloodstock Festival
10/02 Cologne, DE Euroblast Festival More...
Milan, Italy's Destrage recently put together an acoustic arrangement for "Where the Things Have No Colour" from "Are You Kidding Me? No.", the band's latest album released in 2014 on Metal Blade.
The band captured the acoustic performance on video, complete with a string section. The video was recorded at RecLab Studios and can be seen below, thanks to Metal Hammer.
Destrage vocalist Paolo Colavolpe discusses the video and song: "Where The Things Have No Colour has a very personal meaning to us. This song talks about certain moments, it's hard to explain them but if you felt like this once in your life you will find the lyrics extremely familiar. We talked a lot about the possibility of making an acoustic version of one of our songs, and this felt like being the perfect occasion.
"Our biggest thanks goes to Larsen Premoli who arranged the strings trio and made this version possible. This video is dedicated to all the people and friends involved in our project, who always support us during tours, recording sessions, video making, bullshits and everything that concerns the band universe. You know who you are. We hope you're going to enjoy this version, even if it sounds a bit different from our standards. We wish you all an amazing 2015!" More...
Milan, Italy's Destrage will be heading back to Japan next month in support of "Are You Kidding Me? No.", the band's latest album out now on Metal Blade Records. The tour begins on February 20th and includes shows in Osaka and Tokyo.
Destrage comments on the shows: "Hey Japan! We are stoked to tell you we'll be there next Feb for 3 headlining shows. We can't wait to come back there and meet ya all again after more than 3 years from our last time in your amazing country. Be sure to grab your tickets and don't miss these shows, definitely it will be an HUGE PARTY! Kampai!"
02/20 Osaka, JP Drop Club
02/21 Tokyo, JP Seata
02/22 Tokyo, JP Seata
This past Fall, Destrage toured continental Europe with Protest the Hero, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire. European fans will see Destrage again in 2015 at the Euroblast Festival in Cologne, DE, this Fall. Additional European dates are in the works and will be announced within the coming weeks. More...
Destrage will begin a European tour with Protest the Hero, The Faceless, and The Contortionist in one week in Leipzig, Germany.
The band has teamed up with Bode Music Gear to produce new tour video episodes for the Bode Music Gear youtube channel. What will make these videos exciting? Challenges. Destrage will be putting band members to the test in completely pointless and trivial challenges: who can fit the most of something in their mouth, pushups, jumping over cars, who can do the most shots, who can break the most guitar strings, etc. What the band will end up with after a few weeks on tour, we can merely venture to guess, but given the bands irreverent and absurd track record, it's a guaranteed good time.
Destrage has also partnered with Sheet Happens Publishing to release a new guitar transcription book titled "Are You Kidding Me? No. The Complete Guitar Transcription," scheduled to be released this month while Destrage is on tour.
Italy's Destrage has released an 8-bit version of "My Green Neighbour" from most recent album, "Are You Kidding Me? No."
Fans can hear the retro-sounding masterpiece below. The video was made by Destrage guitarist and resident video wizard, Matteo Di Gioia.
As previously announced, Destrage will be joining Protest the Hero, The Faceless, and The Contortionist on tour throughout continental Europe this Fall! The tour begins on November 11th in Germany and wraps up on December 13th in France. More...
Italy's Destrage is happy to announce that the band will be joining Protest the Hero, The Faceless, and The Contortionist on tour throughout continental Europe this Fall.
The tour begins on November 11th in Germany and wraps up on December 13th in France. Guitarist Mat Di Gioia comments: "We were really tempted to enjoy our scout camp with cross camping skiing tournament, tea party debate and knitting workshop week, BUT we chose to tour Europe with fucking Protest The Hero, Faceless and The Contortionist instead. We can't wait to share the stage with these outstanding bands, this tour is gonna be totally sick! See you there everybody!"
At the U.K. Tech Fest 2014, Destrage will join Vildhjarta, Glass Cloud, The Safety Fire, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Deadly Circus Fire. and many more.
The festival returns July 10th - 14th, 2014 with a crushing next-generation metal line-up. Back for its third year, the festival has upgraded venues to the prestigious Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire. For more info visit this location.
Destrage vocalist Paolo Colavolpe is well looking forward to it, commenting: "We're stoked to announce our presence at UK Tech Metal Fest this Summer! This will be our first UK show ever and it will happen at one of the coolest European festivals, sharing the stage with such great bands like The Ocean, The Safety Fire, Aliases, our mates in Alaya and more! So we're looking forward to meet ya all there on July 13th and we definitely can't wait to make your ears bleed, England!"
Destrage's brand new "Destroy Create Transform Sublimate" video is now online and can be seen below. The band captured live footage from the recent "Are You Kidding Me?" tour throughout its home country of Italy.
Thousands of fans across nine Italian cities came to see Destrage perform songs from new album "Are You Kidding Me? No." and fans from the rest of the world can sample a small portion of what that show was like in the new video below. The clip was directed by Destrage guitarist Matteo Di Gioia for The Jack Stupid.
Vocalist Paolo Colavolpe adds: "Ladies and gentlemen, we're proud to release our live video for our new album opener 'Destroy Create Transform Sublimate,' this song and its lyrics mean a lot to us. The live footage is taken from our first 3 shows of our Italian tour and you guys were totally insane! Soon we'll announce more tours, we really can't wait to see you all on the road!" More...
Destrage documented the creative process behind the creation of new album "Are You Kidding Me? No." at length including Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal's guest solo, interviews with the team behind every step of the production, individual tracking performances, and much more.
The feature-length studio reported was flimed by director Giulia Gargano and can now be seen below. Destrage recorded "Are You Kidding Me? No." at RecLab Studios with Larsen Premoli and at Adrenaline Studio with Daniele Nelli. Mixing and mastering was done by Will Putney at The Machine Shop in New Jersey. More...
Destrage has confirmed a first tour of 2014, touring throughout the band's home country, beginning on March 29th.
This tour will follow Destrage's recent hometown show in Milan where the venue was sold out, with several hundred more fans outside of the venue. Destrage posted an update about that show with images on Facebook right here.
Vocalist Paolo Colavolpe comments: "What's better than hitting some of the best venues of our country to start our AYKMN tour 2014? This is gonna be some serious fun! See you on the road people, ciao belli!"
See the band live supporting new album "Are You Kidding Me? No." on these dates:
03/29 Gualtieri, IT Temporock
04/04 Roma, IT Traffic
04/10 Cesena, IT Vidia
04/11 Calenzano, IT Cycle Club
04/12 Calvari, IT Muddy Water
04/24 Torino, IT Lapsus
04/25 Romagnano Sesia, IT Rock 'n' Roll Arena
04/26 Verona, IT Sincity
04/27 Tricesimo, IT Interstate Studio 270 More...
Milan, Italy's Destrage is releasing Metal Blade Records debut album "Are You Kidding Me? No." this coming Tuesday, March 4th. But before the official release date, the entire album is available for streaming. Give it a listen below, courtesy of Metal Sucks.
"Are You Kidding Me? No." will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America and February 28th/March 3rd in Europe/UK. More...
With a little over a week left before the release of new album "Are You Kidding Me? No," the Milan, Italy natives in Destrage have teamed up with Metal Insider to premiere the album's third single.
Get a listen to "Host, Rifles and Coke" in the player below. Last week, Destrage also premiered a video for "Purania," which can still be seen at this location.
"Are You Kidding Me? No." will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America and February 28th/March 3rd in Europe/UK. More...
The Milan, Italy natives in Destrage are premiering a video for "Purania" today, the second single taken from new album "Are You Kidding Me? No." due out via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America.
Check out the video clip below, courtesy of FEARnet.com. The concept for the video was written by The TJS Collective and produced by Sara Bertagnolli and Gianluca Pagani. Destrage comments:
"We did the shooting on a freezing Sunday, in January 2013. Cold keeps people awake and reactive, but we didn't know it before that day! Anyway, a pretty large team of people was involved in the process of making this video. The Jack Stupid Collective came up with the concept together with the band, wrote the screenplay, set the style and organized the production. There was quite a lot of stuff to do. Location managing, set design (that place was a total blank warehouse). Casting, illustration, actor and extras managing and a lot of logistic shit. We also hired a D.O.P. and two camera operators, an electrician and everyone we needed on the set. When everything was shot, The Jack Stupid collective worked on it very hard for a few months in post production.
"It was a pretty exhausting process, especially the animation of every single drawing, but we're satisfied about the final result. We would like to thank everyone who was involved; you are too many to be mentioned, but you know who you are!
"The story is set in an imaginary city, Purania, where personal choice has been banned, and people are controlled by a central brain unleashing an army called Select & Defend, divided in small squads of Blamers and Erasers. An underground secret movement, which the government calls 'The Incoherents' is planning a revolt." More...
Milan, Italy natives Destrage have completed work on a second video from new album "Are You Kidding Me? No."
The video for "Purania" will see its debut this Wednesday via FEARnet.com, and today the band has released a teaser for the video, which is available below.
"Are You Kidding Me? No." will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America and February 28th/March 3rd in Europe/UK.