Destruction In NY With Weapons of Thrash
Band Photo: Destruction (?)
On Tuesday April 7th, 2009 I went to BBKings in New York City to see Destruction perform, with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual as support, at their last show on tour. As I walked into the venue, I found that it was practically empty. The emptiness of the venue was a bit disappointing for such a popular 80s thrash metal band. I also noticed the awesome equipment on stage: Ampeg bass amp stacks and Engl guitar amp half stacks. Both have to be my favorite brands for bass and guitar amps respectively. Another thing I saw was that there was only one set of gear on stage. It is rare that I see a band nice enough to lend their gear out to the openers. Short changeovers between bands are always a good thing.
The first band, Mantic Ritual, took the stage. The young small band from Pittsburgh exploded with energy. Now, when I say exploded I mean it. These guys were all over the place head banging and guitar swinging. I don't think they were ever fully stationary, well except for the drummer and vocalist while he was screaming his lungs out into the microphone. I wasn't very fond of the tone of the vocalist, but with the way he was screaming, I'm surprised he still has his voice at the end of the tour. Their music was akin to Destruction, which is good since they were opening for them. The crowd was digging their music and the band really interacted with them as a result. As for the sound, well it's BBkings, so everything sounded amazing. In fact, more so at this show and for this band. They had a song called “Panic” that most of the words were “panic.” as a result the band encouraged the crowd to sing along. They sure did. As fans flew fists in the air screaming, “panic, panic.” I was surprised how much an opener got the crowd going. They also did a great cover of Venom’s "Black metal," which also got the crowd to go nuts. This band has a lot of potential and should definitely be heard by more people.
Brazil's Krisiun took the stage next with their flaming flying V guitars and their “I'm gonna stand here, kick your ass, and your gonna fucking love it” attitude. I state this because compared to the positive opener, they were giant beasts of negativity, hatred, anger, and not to be reckoned with. The band just stood there and most of the time all you could see is hair. They weren't really head banging in the traditional sense, just making sure their faces weren't seen. I had hoped that they moved around more, but they were pretty stationary. I don't really know why a death metal band was on the bill anyway. As awesome as their music was, it didn't fit the thrash metal theme of the night. Either way, the crowd liked them and so did I, well, for about 20 minutes of their over half hour set. There is only so much brutal death metal I can tolerate at once. The crowd interaction from the band was nil. They would say things to the crowd that sounded like a script they had written before the tour that they said to every club they were in. the whole “how you all doing tonight?!” to “this is the best crowd we've had on tour.” when they were about to play their last song a guy came out from back stage to signal them to do one more in addition to what they were about to play. After their set finished I eagerly awaited for Destruction to take the stage.
The three members of destruction hit the stage in studded leather jackets in typical
thrash metal style. Though I am not very familiar with much of their material, I was still interested in seeing how the high energy in their music would translate to the stage. Sadly, the tattooed giant of a singer, Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, had a similar attitude as Krisiun’s, but moved around more. Their stage movement was comprised of the singer moving from mic to mic on the stage and the small guitarist, Mike Sifringer, moving next to the singer to play with him. I was a bit disappointed to see more energy from an opener than the headliner, but Destruction definitely played better than the opener, Mantic Ritual. Despite their pitfalls, they still held a commanding presence on stage and were still enjoyable as a result. Destruction were also recording the show for an upcoming live CD, so maybe they wanted emphasis on being tight than putting on a good performance. As a result, I can’t hold their lack of movement against them.
I was also curious about how Destruction would live up to their recordings. Oddly enough, I enjoyed their music much more live, in its raw form, than on studio recordings. I found the vocals more aggressive and tolerable than on the few songs I’ve heard from them.
Destruction’s set list was as follows:
1. Soul Collector
2. Bestial Invasion
4. Eternal Ban
5. Life Without Sense
6. Urge The Greed
7. Metal Discharge
8. Death Trap
9. Thrash Til Death
10. Mass/Anti/Release Medly
13. Invincible Force
14. The Butcher Strikes back
15. In the mood
16. Curse the
17. Nailed to the cross
18. Mad Butcher
19. Total Disaster
Overall I felt that the show was good, despite the lack of stage presence from most of the bands. It’s rare that I can enjoy live music without the energy on stage. In this case the energy from the music was more than enough. I hope next time any of these bands come around I’ll know their music better so I can join the crowd in chanting the lyrics and their energy. If you are a fan of thrash metal and Destruction has a stop near you, I’d definitely check them out.
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