Destruction: All Hell Breaks Loose-2000.

Destruction is a German thrash metal band, formed in 1982. They are often credited as one of the “Big Four” of the German thrash metal scene, the others being KreatorSodom and Tankard. In addition to helping pioneer black metal by containing several elements of what was to become the genre, Destruction was part of the second wave of thrash metal in the mid-to-late 1980s, along with American bands like TestamentSacred ReichDeath Angel and Dark Angel.[2] For most of the 1990s, the band 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 MaidenMercyful FateMotörhead and Venom, Destruction were formed as Knight of Demon in 1982. The original line-up featured guitarist Mike Sifringer, vocalist and bassist Schmier, and drummer Tommy Sandmann. They soon changed their name to Destruction and released a demo album 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 (1987), 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, during the initial recording sessions of Cracked Brain, Schmier was fired from the band, and was replaced by Poltergeist frontman André Grieder.[3] 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 on November 23, 2012.[4] Their next album, Under Attack, was released on May 13, 2016.[5]

Through an exclusive PledgeMusic campaign, Destruction recorded a sequel to Thrash Anthems titled Thrash Anthems II. Like its predecessor, this album is a compilation of more re-recordings of classic songs by the band. The band released a full download of the album through PledgeMusic for free to accompany all purchases of the physical copies of the album on July 18, 2017. The exclusive CDs/Vinyls were shipped in August 2017 and once sold out, Nuclear Blast will release a more widely available version at the end of the year.

On January 23, 2018, it was announced that Vaaver had left Destruction “for family reasons”, according to Schmier. He took time off in 2015 to be with his family following the birth of his second child. Drummer Randy Black would temporarily replace him until the band finds a “worthy successor”.[6][7] He was later announced as the band’s new drummer.[8] On February 28, 2019, it was announced that Swiss guitar player Damir Eskic had joined the band.[9] This new lineup recorded Destruction’s fifteenth studio album Born to Perish, which was released on August 9, 2019.[10][11] It is rooted in their traditional style of thrash metal and received good reviews.[12] The band is currently working on a new album, which is expected to be released in early 2022.[13][14][15][16]


Bestial Invasion of HellDemo1984
Sentence of DeathEP1984
Infernal OverkillFull-length1985
Eternal DevastationFull-length1986
Mad ButcherEP1987
Mad Butcher / Eternal DevastationCompilation1987 
Release from AgonyFull-length1987
Mad Butcher / Sentence of DeathCompilation1988 
Sentence of Death / Infernal OverkillCompilation1988 
Live Without SenseLive album1989
Release from Agony / Eternal DevastationCompilation1989 
Cracked BrainSingle1990 
Cracked BrainFull-length1990
Best OfCompilation1990
Them Not MeEP1995
The Least Successful Human CannonballFull-length1998
The Butcher Strikes BackDemo1999 
2 Originals of DestructionBoxed set2000 
All Hell Breaks LooseFull-length2000
Death Comes…9Split2001 
Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000Split2001
Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000Split video2001 
The AntichristFull-length2001
Alive DevastationLive album2003
Metal DischargeFull-length2003
The Art of Dying / Tempo of the DamnedSplit2004 
Live Discharge: 20 Years of Total DestructionVideo2004
Inventor of EvilFull-length2005
All Hell Breaks Loose + The AntichristCompilation2007 
Thrash AnthemsFull-length2007
The Curse of the Antichrist – Live in AgonyLive album2009
A Savage Symphony – The History of AnnihilationVideo2010
Day of ReckoningFull-length2011
Spiritual GenocideFull-length2012
The Big Teutonic 4Split2012
Wildstyle – Immortality / Fooled by Your GutsSplit2014
The Big Teutonic 4 – Part IISplit2015
The Devil Strikes Again / Second to NoneSplit2016
Under AttackFull-length2016
Thrash Anthems IIFull-length2017
The Nuclear Blast RecordingsBoxed set2018 
Born to PerishFull-length2019
Born to ThrashLive album2020
Bass (1983-1989, 1999-present), Vocals (1984-1989, 1999-present)
See also: Headhunter, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Pänzer
Guitars (1983-present)
See also: ex-Morrigan
Randy Black
Drums (2018-present)
See also: DuskmachineLevel 10, ex-Deception, ex-Annihilator, ex-Primal Fear, ex-Rebellion, ex-W.A.S.P. (live)
Damir Eskić
Guitars (lead) (2019-present)
See also: Gomorra, ex-Gonoreas

Past Members:

Tommy SandmannDrums (1983-1986)
UlfVocals (1983-1984)
Oliver KaiserDrums (1987-1999)
Harry WilkensGuitars (1987-1990)
See also: V-HAJD, ex-Uppercut, Menace, Razors Edge
André GriederVocals (1989-1990)
See also: Poltergeist
Michael PiranioGuitars (1993-1998)
See also: ex-Ephemera’s Party, ex-Jesus Chrysler Superskunk
Thomas RosenmerkelVocals (1993-1998)
See also: Ephemera’s Party, ex-Jesus Chrysler Superskunk
Christian EnglerBass (1994-1998)
See also: Ephemera’s Party, ex-Necronomicon, ex-Shamane
Sven VormannDrums (1999-2001)
See also: MegoraRaise Hell, ex-Cryonix, ex-Jesus Chrysler Superskunk, ex-Abandoned, ex-Poltergeist, ex-The Lie
Marc “Speedy” ReignDrums (2002-2010)
See also: Satan WorshipLeather (live), ex-Gunjah, ex-Morgoth, ex-Agonized, Bonsai Kitten, Monzen, Sandy Leather, ex-Sodomizer, ex-Pharao (live), ex-Mystic Circle, ex-Volcano, ex-Graaf, ex-Orth, ex-Lord Brummell
VaaverDrums (2010-2018)
See also: Indukti, Lunatic Soul, ex-UnSun

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