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Destruction

Together with their countrymen Kreator and Sodom, Germany's Destruction constituted the dominating triumvirate of Teutonic thrash metal during the 1980s. And even though they ultimately failed to match these peers in terms of commercial success and longevity, at least two of their albums still qualify among the crème de la crème of the decade's speed metal. Heavy metal underwent a worldwide revolution in the early '80s, when the lingering lessons from '70s giants like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest crashed head-on with the D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock and the sheer velocity of Motörhead to spawn the much ballyhooed New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which, in turn sparked a far more powerful and lasting b**tard offspring: thrash metal. Of all the nations contaminated by this musical virus as it proliferated unchecked, Germany was second only to the U.S. in terms of widespread infection.

Among its earliest contenders, there was Hamburg's Helloween, Essen's Kreator, and, from the town of Weil am Rhein in the Fatherland's southwestern tip, Destruction. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of an earlier band named Knight of Demon, Destruction brought together towering vocalist/bassist Marcel Schirmer (aka Schmier), diminutive guitarist Mike Sifringer, and drummer Tommy Sandmann. Looking to take advantage of the bustling worldwide tape-trading network responsible for breaking most of the '80s biggest heavy metal bands, the trio immediately set about recording and circulating its Bestial Invasion demo to critics and fans alike. It wasn't long before Germany's own Steamhammer label came calling with a record deal, and Destruction's Sentence of Death EP was released in 1984, soon to be followed by 1985's Infernal Overkill LP. Both of these were surprisingly proficient affairs fueled by raw aggression and youthful energy, and Destruction toured Germany with Slayer later that year before taking part in the legendary WWIII Festival in Montreal, Canada, alongside Celtic Frost, Voivod, and other rising stars of extreme metal.

Once they returned home, the bandmembers got to work on their second album, 1986's well-received Eternal Devastation, but lost founding drummer Sandmann shortly before heading out on the road again, this time with fellow Teutonic thrashers Rage. Thankfully, Sodom's Chris "Witchhunter" Dudeck was able to step in until they could find a permanent replacement in Oliver Kaiser. Additional guitarist Harry Wilkens was also brought on board at this time, and, after testing this new lineup on 1987's Mad Butcher EP, Destruction delivered what many consider their finest album, 1988's Release from Agony. Not all fans were in agreement, however, as the newfangled quartet's far more technical, almost progressive-leaning direction also rubbed hardcore constituents the wrong way. Being chosen as the opening band for Celtic Frost's disastrous Cold Lake tour was another unexpected setback, and, confirming that things were not right within the Destruction camp, popular frontman Schmier was unceremoniously sacked shortly after the release of 1989's Live Without Sense to make way for "more capable" replacements in vocalist Andre Grieder (ex-Poltergeist) and bassist Christian Engler.

Feeling betrayed, upset fans made their feelings known by staying away in droves from 1990's Cracked Brain album, as well as subsequent offerings like 1994's Destruction, 1995's Them Not Me (both EPs introducing new vocalist Thomas Rosenmerkel and guitarist Michael Piranio), and particularly, 1998's career low The Least Successful Human Cannonball. Schmier, in the meantime, had formed a new band called Headhunter and busied himself with the operation of his own restaurant, but he couldn't resist the opportunity to finally reunite with former partner-in-crime Sifringer and drummer Sven Vormann; the trio relaunched Destruction at the dawn of the new millennium. Since then, 2000's All Hell Breaks Loose, 2001's The Antichrist, and 2003's Metal Discharge (featuring drummer Marc Reign) have been released by Nuclear Blast, and 2005's Inventor of Evil, 2007's Thrash Anthems, and 2008's D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. by AFM Records. Destruction returned to the Nuclear Blast fold for 2011's Day of Reckoning, which would be the first album to feature new drummer Vaaver. Spiritual Genocide dropped the following year and coincided with their 30th anniversary. Under Attack, the band's 14th studio long-player, dropped in early 2016. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Curse Of The Antichrist - Live In Agony

Disc 1

1. The Butcher Strikes Back

2. Curse The Gods

3. Nailed To The Cross

4. Mad Butcher

5. The Alliance Of Hellhoundz

6. Devolution

7. Eternal Ban

8. Urge (The Greed Of Gain)

9. Thrash Till Death

10. Metal Discharge

Disc 2

1. The Damned / Cracked Brain

2. Cracked Brain

3. Soul Collector

4. Death Trap

5. Unconscious Ruins

6. Life Without Sense

7. The 7 Deadly Sins

8. The Antichrist

9. Reject Emotions

10. Thrash Till Death (Three Drum Kits Wacken Inferno)

11. Total Desaster

12. Bestial Invasion

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Track List: D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.

1. D. Evolution

2. E. Levator To Hell

3. V. Icious Circle: The 7 Seven Deadly Sins

4. O. Ffenders Of The Throne

5. L. Ast Desperate Scream

6. U. Rge (The Greed Of Gain)

7. T. He Violation Of Morality

8. I. Nner Indulgence

9. O. Dyssey Of Frustration

10. N. O One Shall Survive

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Track List: Thrash Anthems

1. Bestial Invasion

2. Profanity

3. Release From Agony

4. Mad Butcher

5. Reject Emotions

6. Death Trap

7. Cracked Brain

8. Life Without Sense

9. Total Desaster

10. Deposition (Your Heads Will Roll)

11. Invincible Force

12. Sign Of Fear

13. Tormentor

14. Unconscious Ruins

15. Curse The Gods

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Track List: Metal Discharge 2003

1. The Ravenous Beast

2. Metal Discharge

4. Fear Of The Moment

5. Mortal Remains

6. Desecrators Of The New Age

7. Historical Force Feed

8. Savage Symphony Of Terror

11. Killers

12. Whiplash

14. Bestial Invasion

15. The Butcher Strikes Back

16. Nailed To The Cross

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Track List: All Hell Breaks Loose

1. Intro

2. The Final Curtain

3. Machinery Of Lies

4. Tears Of Blood

5. Devastation Of Your Soul

6. The Butcher Strikes Back

7. World Domination Of Pain

9. All Hell Breaks Loose

11. Visual Prostitution

12. Kingdom Of Damnation

13. Mad Butcher

14. Total Desaster

15. Antichrist

17. Satans Vengeance

18. Tormentor

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Track List: Best Of Destruction

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Total Desaster

3. Mad Butcher

4. Devil's Soldiers

5. Invincible Force

6. Death Trap

7. The Ritual

8. Tormentor

9. Black Death

11. Release From Agony

12. Sign Of Fear

13. Incriminated

14. Our Oppression

15. Survive To Die

Disc 2

5. Curse The Gods

6. Unconscious Ruins

7. Thrash Attack

9. Mad Butcher

12. Bestial Invasion

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Track List: Sentence Of Death / Infernal Overkill

1. Intro/Total Desaster

2. Black Mass

3. Mad Butcher

4. Satan's Vengeance

5. Devil's Soldiers

6. Invincible Force

7. Death Trap

8. The Ritual

9. Tormentor

10. Bestial Invasion

11. Trash Attack

12. Antichrist

13. Black Death

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Track List: Release From Agony

1. Beyond Eternity

2. Release From Agony

3. Dissatisfied Existence

4. Sign Of Fear

5. Unconscious Ruins

6. Incriminated

7. Our Oppression

8. Survive To Die

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Track List: Spiritual Genocide

1. Exordium

2. Cyanide

3. Spiritual Genocide

4. Renegades

5. City of Doom

6. No Signs of Repentance

7. To Dust You Will Decay

8. Legacy of the Past (Guest Version)

9. Carnivore

10. Riot Squad

11. Under Violent Sledge

12. Princess of the Night

13. Carnivore (Guest Version)

14. Mortal Remains (Re-Recorded)

15. Made to Be Broken (Re-Recorded)

16. Rippin' the Flesh Apart (Re-Recorded)

17. Savage Symphony of Terror (Re-Recorded)

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Track List: The Antichrist

1. Days Of Confusion

3. Nailed To The Cross

4. Dictators Of Cruelty

5. Bullets From Hell

7. Meet Your Destiny

8. Creations Of The Underworld

9. Godfather Of Slander

10. Let Your Mind Rot

11. The Heretic

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Track List: Under Attack

1. Under Attack

2. Generation Nevermore

3. Dethroned

4. Getting Used To The Evil

5. Pathogenic

6. Elegant Pigs

7. Second To None

8. Stand Up For What You Deliver

9. Conductor Of The Void

10. Stigmatized

11. Black Metal (Feat. Alex Camargo)

12. Thrash Attack

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GREAT THRASH ATTACK FOR SURE !!!!!!
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This is a killer album and jam by destruction, this is heavy metal! The alliance of Hellhound. Rock on!
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Destruction is not dead yet people
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Mad Butcher ?????
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These guys are pretty bad a**,but I prefer Kreator too.
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Great band and discography ROCK ON !!!!
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Kreator is great too
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My fave thrash from Germany
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neweay7281
Ohhh yeah just in case, i wasnt clear....... T h e only bands of present day, that can achieve, yhid typ of O.G. greatness. ... Are these REAL MUSICISIONS, THAT ARE NOT XEROXED DIGITAL COPYS OF EACH OTHER AND ONY GROWL OVER AND OVER AND OV---'-'OR
Imeeen come on. WeeeeeeeK
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neweay7281
Yeah, im gonna agree 100% with 4lyf here. Im 43, and itz a new thing with me guys. When i was 15-16-17-18- 1 9 - - - - - mainly fifteen,sixt e e n , this art, penitrated all outer walls, of me. When i thot ahed and askt myelf, when where if i am 43, what will it be? The art was VERY SPECIAEL THEN, NOT NOW BUT BCUZ, MY TIME CROSSES WITH NOW, SOLUTIONS CAME FROM MY REintroducti o n to hardcore-tha s h - s p e e d - h a r d c o r e t h r a s h and all crossover hybrids,stra t e e d g e e e suicidal powerchords, h a r d c o r e s h a r d e s t c o e ryme, reeso
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THRASH
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planning seeing them with sepultura soon but im more hype to see destruction
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Greatest thrash metal album of all time? Naaaa but lets put their other stuff here
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Their whiplash cover is INCREDIBLE!! !
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I f U C K I N G love thrash
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DESTRUCTION
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I still have the original album of infernal overkill and sentenced of death. It was hard to get it when it came out, even in Los Angeles back then, but I managed to get them.
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The best three man band of the early 80's. Bare bones speed metal! Nowadays you won't ever hear that kind of power. Metal Gods as far as I am concerned.
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Thrash till Death!!
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singer has a cool voice
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Andre Grieder is the current vocalist of Poltergeist, not "ex."
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thrash metal at it's best !!!
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Real Metal!
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20061926
Best band ever from germany
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Waited 25 years to finally see them live in cleveland at peabody's down under promoting d.e.v.o.l.u. t . i . o . n . , a n d the show was on my brother's birthday. True thrash staple in the true thrshers collection.
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awesome cover of whiplash
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Every metal genre you'll need right here.
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It's a f**king shame that these guys didn't blow up like Sodom and Kreator did. Infernal Overkill is some amazing early thrash.
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Their version of Killers is awesome!
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Reject emotions!:). I love destruction eternal devastation is an awesome album.one of my favorite bands
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Nailed to the F**king Cross!!!! Awesome song!! :)
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I dunno, I thought Cracked Brain was killer. Destruction rips!
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No bio? These guys were right up there with Sodom and Kreator as one if the pioneering bands of the German thrash scene. Come on, Pandora!
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hell yeah !!!!! DESTRUCTION rules !!!
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DESTRUCTION has never really toured the States,I wonder why? Thou they go to BRAZIL like a mofo! I love all their albums but I prefer RELEASE FROM AGONY...I haven't really heard their last few albums I wanna check'em out!
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Sentence of Death is their best album.....an d still sounds good till this day.....
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freakin destruction shreds!!!!!!
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Destruction rules
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tristanhi88
horns up katon i remember us at shows in long beach with rick at vinyle solution singin acdc highway to hell with rick drunk n fun s**t back then hahahaha hail the blackend thrash ov destruction
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bathory310
I have to agreed with you kruegerfalls , Eduardo go listen to Justin Bieber. You don't know anything about the Metal Scene.
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kruegerfalls
Eduardo= idiot in re: thrash...dud e , you've no clue as to the effect thrash had and STILL HAS on the metal scene..Thank f u l l y , thrash bands past and present didn't listen to mainstream dumbass opinions such as yours. FOAD
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www.american v i k i n g s . u s STAND YOUR GROUND 88
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THRASH TILL DEATH!!!! Germans know their thrash
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I saw them at a small club in Haverhill, Mass a few years back !!! they really put on a killer show !!! was one of my favorite live gigs !!
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how the hell are these guys like heidevolk? curse you Pandora
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porturkin1
These guys are pretty decent. Don't judge the music by some of the "covers". Do your research and you will find out that these guys can get it done!
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Missing "Cracked Brain 1990" in Discography, good stuff.
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destruction is one of my fav thrash bands next to metallica, slayer and testament.
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Eternal Devastation and Infernal Overkill rapes face.
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angel of anarchy -nu metal does suck! It's boring and uncreative!
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