Destruction (band)

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Destruction
Wacken 2007 Destruction by Caroline Lauder LOUDER IMAGES 258.jpg
Destruction and guests at the Wacken Festival in 2007
Background information
Origin Weil am Rhein, Germany
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1982 (1982)–present
Labels Steamhammer, Nuclear Blast, AFM
Associated acts
Website www.destruction.de
Members
Past members
  • Tommy Sandmann
  • Harry Wilkens
  • André Grieder
  • Oliver Kaiser
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel
  • Christian Engler
  • Michael Piranio
  • Sven Vormann
  • Marc Reign

Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Three" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator and Sodom. All three bands are often credited with helping pioneer death metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre. Destruction were originally named Knight of Demon, but changed their name in 1984. For most of the 1990s, Destruction were not signed to a record label and were forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the 2000s.

Biography[edit]

Inspired by Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Motörhead and Venom, Destruction were formed as Knight of Demon in 1982. The original line-up featured vocalist and bassist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann, and guitarist Mike Sifringer. They soon changed their name to Destruction and released a demo titled Bestial Invasion of Hell in 1984. After this the group signed with Steamhammer Records and released an EP titled Sentence of Death later that year.

Destruction released their first full-length album titled Infernal Overkill in 1985, followed by Eternal Devastation in 1986. The trio then added a second guitarist, Harry Wilkens, and released the EP Mad Butcher in 1987, followed by the full length album Release from Agony in 1988, then a live recording Live Without Sense in 1989, and Cracked Brain in 1990. In 1989, Schmier left the band and Mike Sifringer continued to release albums under the moniker of "Neo-Destruction".

In 1999, Schmier rejoined, and things began to look up for the band as they signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. They then released three more albums: All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, The Antichrist in 2001, and Metal Discharge in 2003. The band would then sign with AFM Records and release Inventor of Evil in 2005. In February 2011, Destruction released Day of Reckoning.

A European tour with Overkill was scheduled for March 2011. Headlining dates in South America and North America were being planned for April and May.

The band's latest album, Spiritual Genocide, was released in November 23, 2012.[1]

Members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Tommy Sandmann – drums (1982–1987)
  • Harry Wilkens – guitars (1987–1990)
  • André Grieder – vocals (1990)
  • Oliver "Olly" Kaiser – drums (1987–1999)
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel – vocals (1993–1999)
  • Michael "Ano" Piranio – guitars (1993–1999)
  • Christian Engler – bass (1993–1999)
  • Sven Vormann – drums (1999–2001[3])
  • Marc Reign – drums, backing vocals (2001[4]–2010[5])

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Destruction discography
Releases
Studio albums 13
Live albums 5
EPs 4
Music videos 6
Demos 3

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with chart positions
Year Album details Peak chart
positions
GER
[6]
1985 Infernal Overkill
1986 Eternal Devastation
  • Released: July 12, 1986
  • Label: Steamhammer/SPV
  • Format: LP, MC, CD
1988 Release from Agony
  • Released: May 30, 1988
  • Label: Steamhammer/SPV
  • Format: LP, MC, CD
1990 Cracked Brain
  • Released: June 1, 1990
  • Label: Noise
  • Format: LP, MC, CD
1998 The Least Successful Human Cannonball[1]
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Brain Butcher
  • Format: CD
2000 All Hell Breaks Loose
  • Released: April 25, 2000
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Format: CD, LP, MC
67
2001 The Antichrist
  • Released: August 27, 2001
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Format: CD, LP, MC
89
2003 Metal Discharge
  • Released: September 22, 2003
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Format: CD, LP
2005 Inventor of Evil
  • Released: August 22, 2005
  • Label: AFM
  • Format: CD, LP
68
2007 Thrash Anthems
  • Released: January 19, 2007
  • Label: AFM
  • Format: CD, LP
2008 D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
  • Released: August 29, 2008
  • Label: AFM
  • Format: CD, LP
65
2011 Day of Reckoning
  • Released: February 18, 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Format: CD, LP
95
2012 Spiritual Genocide
  • Released: November 23, 2012
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Format: CD, LP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Note: ^ Released during the Neo-Destruction period.

EPs[edit]

List of EPs
Year Album details
1984 Sentence of Death
1987 Mad Butcher
  • Released: July 25, 1987
  • Label: Steamhammer/SPV
  • Format: LP, CD
1994 Destruction[2]
  • Released: February 26, 1994
  • Label: Brain Butcher
  • Format: CD
1995 Them Not Me[3]
  • Released: June 9, 1995
  • Label: Brain Butcher
  • Format: CD
Note: ^ Released during the Neo-Destruction period.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
Year Album details
1989 Live Without Sense
2002 Alive Devastation
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: n/a
  • Format: n/a
2004 Live Discharge
2009 The Curse of the Antichrist: Live in Agony
  • Released: September 25, 2009
  • Label: AFM
  • Format: CD, LP
2010 A Savage Symphony - The History of Annihilation
  • Released: January 29, 2010
  • Label: AFM
  • Format: CD, CD+DVD

Demos[edit]

List of demos
Year Album details
1983 Speed Kills
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: independent
  • Format: MC
1984 Bestial Invasion of Hell
  • Released: August 10, 1984
  • Label: independent
  • Format: MC
1999 The Butcher Strikes Back
  • Released: July 11, 1999
  • Label: independent
  • Format: CD

Music videos[edit]

Title Album
"Desecrators of the New Age" Metal Discharge
"The Alliance of Hellhoundz" Inventor of Evil
"Total Desaster" Thrash Anthems
"Vicious Circle - The Seven Deadly Sins" D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
"Hate is My Fuel" Day of Reckoning
"Carnivore" Spiritual Genocide

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Destruction – 'Spiritual Genocide' Out Now!". Nuclearblast.de. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  2. ^ "destruction.de > News > New drummer officially announced!". www.destruction.de. November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "destruction.de > News > Sven leaves the Band!". www.destruction.de. October 26, 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "destruction.de > News > New Drummer found!!!". www.destruction.de. October 26, 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "destruction.de > News > Destruction and drummer Marc will go separate way in the future!". www.destruction.de. March 9, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". Musicline.de (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 

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