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Sunday Old School: Teutonic Thrash Metal Masters Destruction

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When thinking about the history of thrash metal, one usually always thinks of the Bay Area in the United States first, followed quickly by the thrash scene on the East Coast. But there was another scene in the 1980s that was just as important, namely the one in Germany. Much like America has it's "Big Four" of thrash (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer), Germany has it's "Three Kings" who consist of Sodom, Kreator and our featured band of the day, Destruction. Destruction were formed in the town of Weil am Rhein under the name of Knight Of Demon in 1982 but (wisely) decided to change their name to Destruction two years later. During this year they were able to release an EP entitled, "Sentance Of Death" through Steamhammer Records before releasing their debut full length album, "Infernal Overkill" in 1985. The band was originally a trio but added a second guitarist in the form of Harry Wilkens, with whom they recorded another two albums, a live record and an EP before lead singer and bass player Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer was asked to leave the band due to creative differences. He would respond by forming the band Headhunter.

After splitting with Schmier, the band found themselves going through a terrible period commercially, having lost their record label support in favour of grunge music, the band had to self- finance and self-release their new albums. Eventually, Schmier was asked back into the band and the reunited team of Schmier and guitarist Mike Hilfiger, along with drummer Sven Vormann, were able to secure a deal with Germany's Nuclear Blast Records, releasing several highly acclaimed studio albums ever since such as "All Hell Breaks Loose," "The Antichrist" and most recently, "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." Destruction still tour the world today, appearing at many of the big European festivals and heading out on headlining tours of their own.

Destruction - "Nailed To The Cross"

Destruction - "Thrash Attack"

Destruction - "Bestial Invasion"

Destruction - "Curse The Gods"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. HeadbangerHippy writes:

Nice! Destruction rock. /,,/

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2. Hammerheart writes:

Awesome stuff, Oz. :)

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3. wilco writes:

good stuff
love destruction
seen them many times in germany

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 5:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RTB writes:

Good sh!t oz, can always benefit by a little history lesson, especially in metal...when s that book coming out oz

# Feb 1, 2010 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

Thanks for the feedback lads! Still working on the foundations of the book mate, hoping to have it completely finished by the end of the year and then shop it around early 2011. Ya never know, I may finish it alot earlier and even have it out by the end of this year, but I want to make sure it's written as well and as informatively as possible.

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6. RTB writes:

That s great oz, especially to know your not rushing it, just make sure to let us know where or how we can purchase it, good luck mate....cheers

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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Cheers fella. I promise as soon it's all done I'll let you know!

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8. Baphometrose writes:

One of the greatests bands EVER!!!! DESTRUCTION!!!!! \m/

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