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Destruction

Background information
Origin Weil am Rhein, Germany
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1982 - present
Labels Steamhammer, Nuclear Blast, AFM
Website www.destruction.de/
Members
Schmier
Mike Sifringer
Marc Reign
Former members
Thomas Rosenmerkel
Harry Wilkens
Michael "Ano" Piranio
Christian Engler
Tommy Sandmann
Oliver "Olly" Kaiser
Sven Vormann

Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "three kings" of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator and Sodom.All three of these bands are often credited with helping pioneer death metal, by containing several elements of what was to become the genre. The band 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 was forced to self-produce their albums, until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the 2000s.

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Biography

Destruction was formed as "Knight of Demon" in 1982. The original line-up featured vocalist and bassist Marcel 'Schmier' Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann, and guitarist Mike Sifinger. 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 was asked to leave the band due to creative differences, and the group underwent a period of commercial deterioration. During the grunge explosion of the early to mid 1990s, the band lost their record label support and had to self-produce and self-release their own albums.

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. The band's latest album, D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., was released in August 2008. In early 2009 Destruction is scheduled to tour around North America. The band also announced an Australian tour and appearance at the Screamfest festival, however the bands appearance was canceled by the promoter shortly before the tour was set to take place[1].

Members

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Current members

  • Vocals, Bass: Schmier (1983-1989, 1999-Present)
  • Guitars: Mike Sifringer (1983-Present)

Former members

  • Vocals: André Grieder (1990)
  • Vocals: Thomas Rosenmerkel (1993-1999)
  • Guitars: Harry Wilkens (1987-1989)
  • Guitars: Michael 'Ano' Piranio (1993-1999)
  • Drums: Tommy Sandmann (1983-1987)
  • Drums: Oliver 'Olly' Kaiser (1987-1999)
  • Drums: Sven Vormann (1999-2001)
  • Drums: Marc Reign (2001-2010)

Guest musicians

Tägtgren appeared with Schmier on the track Total Desaster 2000 from the All Hell Breaks Loose album.

All of these artists, with Schmier, were featured on the same song, 2005's "The Alliance of Hellhoundz", from the Inventor of Evil album.

All of these artists, with Schmier, appeared at the Wacken Open-Air Festival in 2007 on the track The Alliance of Hellhoundz, recorded for the 2009 live album The Curse of The Antichrist: Live In Agony.

Evile guitarist, he played the Caos Emergent Festival in Portugal on September 13, as a replacement for Mike Sifringer who broke two fingers in Belgium at the Vlamrock Festival on August 29. Then went on to play as Destruction's second guitarist as a guest onstage at Damnation Festival.

Discography

Studio albums

EPs

Live albums

  • Live Without Sense (1988/1989)
  • Alive Devastation (2002)
  • The Curse of The Antichrist: Live In Agony (2009)

DVDs

  • Live Discharge (2004)

Demos

Sources

  1. ^ http://www.metalobsession.net/destruction-no-longer-playing-screamfest

External links


Simple English

Destruction
Origin Lörrach, Germany
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1982 - now
Labels Steamhammer, Nuclear Blast, AFM
Website www.destruction.de/
Members
Marcel Schirmer
Mike Sifringer
Marc Reign
Former members
Thomas Rosenmerkel
Harry Wilkens
Michael "Ano" Piranio
Christian Engler
Tommy Sandmann
Oliver "Olly" Kaiser
Sven Vormann

Destruction is a thrash metal band from Lörrach in Germany. They have been playing since 1982. Together with Kreator and Sodom they form the "triangle of German thrash metal".


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