Destruction were formed in 1982 with a line-up of vocalist/bassist Marcel â€˜Schmierâ€™ Schirmer, guitarist Mike Sifringer and drummer Tommy Sandmann. Their first demo â€˜Bestial Invasion of Hellâ€™ appeared in 1984 and led to a deal with Steamhammer Records who issued the mini album â€˜Sentence of Deathâ€™ later the same year. Despite its roughshod production, the record helped the band become an underground phenomenon and their debut full-length â€˜Infernal Overkillâ€™ was released in 1985 and saw them tour with Slayer amongst others. â€™86 saw the release of what many consider to be the bandâ€™s best album â€˜Eternal Devastationâ€™ which received widespread praise and allowed them to capitalise on the booming thrash scene, tour extensively and pick up many new fans along the way. 1987â€™s â€˜Mad Butcherâ€™ EP was a welcome stop-gap between albums and paved the way for the slightly more adventurous but no less aggressive â€˜Release From Agonyâ€™ which was issued in â€™88. Tensions within the band led to Schmierâ€™s departure before the recording of 1990â€™s â€˜Cracked Brainâ€™, which was poorly received and heralded a period of instability for the band which led to a long hiatus.
Various remaining members of Destruction toiled on throughout the early â€˜90s but it wasnâ€™t until 1999 and the announcement that Schmier and guitarist Mike would re-unite their partnership with Sven Vormann coming in on drums that the band would return to success. Their comeback album â€˜All Hell Breaks Looseâ€™ was released by Nuclear Blast in 2000 to excellent reviews, and was followed by extensive touring and two further albums â€“ â€˜The Antichristâ€™ in 2001 and 2003â€™s â€˜Metal Dischargeâ€™ â€“ before they signed with AFM Records for â€˜Inventor of Evilâ€™ in 2005. The bandâ€™s most recent album â€˜Thrash Anthemsâ€™ saw them re-record a selection of their early tracks, and they toured successfully in support of it performing a largely old-school set. A brand new studio album â€˜D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.â€™ is expected in August.
With conviction and without compromise, Destruction have rightly assumed the mantle of one of thrash metalâ€™s greatest ever bands. Bloodstock get ready: Luciferâ€™s legions of death are ready for attack. Theyâ€™ve got only one aim. Total destruction!
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DESTRUCTION â€“ The Butcher Strikes Back - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.