Destruction : Infernal Overkill-80’s-1985.

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 a year later by Eternal Devastation. The trio then added a second guitarist, Harry Wilkens, and released the EP Mad Butcher (1987), their full-length album Release from Agony in 1988, and then a live recording Live Without Sense in 1989. By the early 1990s, Destruction had enjoyed considerable popularity, both in and outside of their native Germany, having toured relentlessly in Europe and North America and played with such bands as VenomSlayerKreatorSodomCeltic FrostMotörheadKing DiamondVoivodExodusTestamentOverkillDeath AngelPossessedSacred ReichThe Cro-MagsTankardFlotsam and JetsamArtilleryRageCoronerAssassinCandlemassProngAccu§erIron AngelWolfsbane and Girlschool.[3]

In 1989, during the initial recording sessions of their fourth studio album Cracked Brain, Schmier was fired from the band, and was replaced by Poltergeist frontman André Grieder.[4] 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 23 November 2012.[5] Their next album, Under Attack, was released on 13 May 2016.[6]

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 18 July 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 23 January 2018, Vaaver 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”.[7][8] He was later announced as the band’s new drummer.[9] On 28 February 2019, Swiss guitar player Damir Eskic joined the band.[10] This new lineup recorded Destruction’s fifteenth studio album Born to Perish, which was released on 9 August 2019.[11][12] It is rooted in their traditional style of thrash metal and received good reviews.[13] The band is currently working on a new album, which is expected to be released in early 2022.[14][15][16][17]

On 16 July 2021, Destruction performed at the Area 53 Festival in Leoben, but without the presence of guitarist Mike Sifringer. Schmier explained in a Facebook post that Sifringer had not answered his emails and questioned his status, and that there was a decision leading to continue without him and would release a statement on 19 August.[18][19]


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 DestructionLive album2004
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 AnnihilationLive album2010
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
Tales of Morbid BrainsBoxed set2021 
Live AttackLive album2021
Bass (1983-1989, 1999-present), Vocals (1984-1989, 1999-present)
See also: Headhunter, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Pänzer
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)
MikeGuitars (1983-2021)
See also: ex-Morrigan
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-Mystic Circle, ex-Sodomizer, ex-Pharao (live), ex-Volcano, ex-Graaf, ex-Orth, ex-Lord Brummell
VaaverDrums (2010-2018)
See also: Indukti, Lunatic Soul, ex-UnSun
Side A
1.Invincible Force04:20  Show lyrics
2.Death Trap05:49  Show lyrics
3.The Ritual05:11  Show lyrics
4.Tormentor05:06  Show lyrics
Side B
5.Bestial Invasion04:36  Show lyrics
6.Thrash Attack02:56  instrumental
7.Antichrist03:44  Show lyrics
8.Black Death07:39  Show lyrics

One thought on “Destruction : Infernal Overkill-80’s-1985.

  1. Orbitball, July 28th, 2014

    I actually enjoy this album the most out of all the Destruction releases in existence. The reason is because it’s raw yet not to a severe degree, original, intense, and lyrically demonic. Not that I like demonic lyrics, but it fits the music really well. This was the original lineup–Tommy was on a few of their early releases before they moved onto Olly who played on ‘Release From Agony’ and ‘Live Without Sense’. Destruction seems to be putting out albums that are just sounding the same as their predecessors. No move forward musically and their constant anti-Christian lyrics don’t hit home with me. I can get into the music here on ‘Infernal Overkill’, but not lyrics.

    Nothing can beat this Destruction release in their discography because it features riffs that are totally original with Mike at his absolute best in the lead department, even though I think that he still is a bit sloppy. Yes, I had this on vinyl and had been meaning to review it for quite some time now. I just haven’t heard it much in a while – it’s actually been ages. Most of the songs feature quite original riffs, especially those of “Thrash Attack” and “Invincible Force’. No, the production wasn’t the greatest, but is a step up from their debut, which only features (I think) 5 songs. Here is about 40 minutes of intense thrash to the absolute core. These guys weren’t messing around on this one and they wanted something strong.

    Schmier at his best here. He’s only this good on ‘Live Without Sense’, in my opinion. The bass could’ve been a little bit louder and the drums a bit more intense, but they still were on cue with the melodies and riffs. Outstanding every track is and put together in such a way that they defy the laws of logic! I’d say that Mike really did his part on the songwriting–totally destroys. What gets me is they copy from no other and the overall aura of the band is grim. Not really depressing, just dismal and a bit dark. This goes with the album concept, though. Their whole makeup here is deserving of recognition because they totally kick ass. This is what thrash metal should sound like – raw and uncompromising.

    Tommy’s drum efforts again were a little bit monotonous, but still, he was on cue for this German thrash act that totally hit the spot with me because of its totally uncompromising energy. Pick any track and you’ll hear sounds like no other. Again, Mike’s best lead efforts to date. He put together some solos that actually shred. Not as good as the guy they later recruited on ‘Release From Agony’, Harry Wilkens, that is. Still Mike plays his best on here, I think. Everything seems to fit together. The vocals are totally likable and original. I’ve never heard a thrash metal vocalist that has such of an original voice as Schmier does. That goes for all the thrash act that have been through the years.

    As a 3-piece they’re still pretty solid, though a 2nd guitarist seemed to fit better if they ever got someone else. However, they did on ‘Release From Agony’ and ‘Live Without Sense’, but Harry left the band and Destruction of the ’90s without Schmier just wasn’t as good. No one could replace Schmier’s vocals. On ‘Infernal Overkill’, he’s totally unorthodox and unique. This used to be a band that I respected so much in the past, but now as I say they just aren’t as good. They’re not evolving as musicians should. They’re just stuck in the dark, but with this album it captures all of what thrash is about, except for the lyrics. I like everything except those, but here is one Destruction monument.


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