Destruction (band)

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Destruction 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 Kreator, Sodom
Members Marcel Schirmer
Mike Sifringer
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz
Past members Thomas Rosenmerkel
Harry Wilkens
Michael Piranio
Christian Engler
Tommy Sandmann
Oliver Kaiser
Sven Vormann
Marc Reign

Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. All three bands except Tankard 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 major record label and were forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the 2000s.


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]


Current members
Former members



Studio albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]



  • Alive Devastation (2002)
  • Live Discharge (2004)
  • A Savage Symphony - The History of Annihilation (2010)



  1. ^ "Destruction – 'Spiritual Genocide' Out Now!". 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 

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