Destruction (band)

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Destruction and guests at I Othe Wacken Festival in 2007
Background information
Also known as Knight of Demon (1982–1984)
Origin Weil am Rhein, Germany
Years active 1982 (1982)–present
Associated acts
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Wawrzyniec Dramowicz
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 "Big 4" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. Along with Venom (UK), Bathory (Sweden) and Celtic Frost (Switzerland), three of those four German bands (Tankard being the exception) are often credited with helping pioneer black metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre. Destruction was originally named Knight of Demon, but changed their name in 1984. For most of the 1990s, Destruction was not signed to a record label and was forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the early 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 Schmier, 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 (also released in 1987), then a live recording Live Without Sense in 1989, and Cracked Brain in 1990. In 1989, before the recording sessions of Cracked Brain began, Schmier left the band, and was replaced by Poltergeist frontman André Grieder. 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. That album was followed two years later by the compilation of re-recorded songs Thrash Anthems (2007), and then a year later by D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (2008). 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 thirteenth studio album, Spiritual Genocide, was released in November 23, 2012.[2] Their next album, Under Attack, was released on May 13, 2016.[3]

Destruction are now set to release a sequel to 2007's 'Thrash Anthems' titled 'Thrash Anthems II' in June 2017, through an exclusive PledgeMusic campaign funded by the fans. This album will feature a compilation of more rerecordings of classic songs by the band.


Current members
Former members
  • Tommy Sandmann – drums (1982–1987)
  • Harry Wilkens – guitars (1987–1990)
  • André Grieder – vocals (1989–1990)
  • 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[5])
  • Marc Reign – drums, backing vocals (2001[6]–2010[7])




  1. ^ Lahdenpera, Eda (1995). "Northern Black Metal Legends". Kill Yourself!!! (4): 44. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Destruction – 'Spiritual Genocide' Out Now!". 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ "DESTRUCTION To Release 'Under Attack' Album In May". January 15, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ " > News > New drummer officially announced!". November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ " > News > Sven leaves the Band!". October 26, 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ " > News > New Drummer found!!!". October 26, 2001. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ " > News > Destruction and drummer Marc will go separate way in the future!". March 9, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 

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