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Destruction | Germany

In Weil am Rhein in Germany, back in 1983, drummer Tommy, guitarist Mike and bassist / vocalist Schmier founded a band which was going to become a legend in Thrash Metal history: DESTRUCTION. After signing a contract with SPV Records, the first Destruction release was an MLP entitled “Sentence Of Death” (1985).

One year later Destruction had their first success in the international metal scene as they toured in Europe with legendary Thrash Metal Gods Slayer. At the end of the year, the LP “Infernal Overkill” was published and Destruction was invited to play at the World War III Festival in Montreal, Canada. Destruction proved to be Europe’s leading Thrash Metal band, successful concerts in Germany and abroad were played making the fans become more and more.

The LP „Eternal Devastation“ was released in 1986 and a headliner tour with Kreator and Rage was made right after. In early 1987, drummer Tommy left the band and was replaced by Olly, as well as Harry became part of the band as second guitarist. Later that year, the MLP “Mad Butcher” was released. After their tour through the US, South America and South Europe, their third LP “Release From Agony” was released in 1988. This album differs from what the band has made so far, as the new band members influence it.

In Winter 88/89, Destruction went on tour for several festivals and a Europe tour with Motörhead, while press and audience were rather skeptical concerning their latest LP.

The first live LP, “Live Without Sense”, was released during their US Tour. When recording the fourth LP „Cracked Brain“ in 1989, Schmier decided to leave destruction, and thus „Cracked Brain“ was released in 1990 featuring guest singer André (Poltergeist).

The years passed, until the two members Mike and Schmier decided to reanimate Destruction along with Sven, the new drummer due to the incredible demand by both press and fans. They had their comeback at the biggest festivals in Germany: Bang Your Head, With Full Force, and Wacken. One year later, in 2000, they came up with the new album “All Hell Breaks Loose”!

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