Origin: Germany  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Destruction

Along with Kreator and Sodom, Destruction is considering one of the founding fathers of Germanic thrash metal, and it's a testament to their importance that all three bands are thriving some 30 years after their emergence on the scene. Destruction debuted with an EP in 1984, and their string of late-80's albums ruled the airwaves, but internal dissent set in following 1989's Live Without Sense album, with bassist/vocalist Schmier leaving the group. Guitarist Mike found new members and Cracked Brain was released in 1990, but it was poorly received and the band seemingly disappeared. In the intervening years both Schmier and Mike toiled in semi-obscurity, Schmier with his Headhunter project and Mike still releasing independent and seldom-mentioned albums as Destruction. Eventually the pair patched things up, came back together, released the sparkling All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, and haven't looked back since.

Recent album: Born To Perish, released on August 9, 2019.

Current Members

Schmier (Marcel Schirmer)

bass/vocals (ex-Headhunter, ex-Pänzer)

Mike Sifringer

guitars

Damie Eskic

guitars

Randy Black

drums (ex-Annihilator, Duskmachine, ex-Primal Fear, ex-Rebellion, ex-Skew Siskin)

Former Members/Guests

Andre Grieder

vocals

Thomas Rosenmerkel

vocals

Harry Wilkens

guitars

Michael Piranio

guitars

Christian Engler

bass

Tommy Sandmann

drums

Oliver Kaiser

drums

Sven Vormann

drums (Poltergeist)

Marc Reign (Markus Reincke)

drums (ex-Morgoth)

Vaaver (Wawrzyniec Dramowicz)

drums



Discography



Sentence Of Death  EP
1984 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Intro
  2. Total Disaster
  3. Black Mass
  4. Mad Butcher
  5. Satan's Vengeance
  6. Devil's Soldiers
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Tommy Sandmann



Infernal Overkill  
1985 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Invincible Force
  2. Death Trap
  3. The Ritual
  4. Tormentor
  5. Bestial Invasion
  6. Thrash Attack
  7. Antichrist
  8. Black Death
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Tommy Sandmann



Eternal Devastation  
1986 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Curse The Gods
  2. Confound Games
  3. Life Without Sense
  4. United By Hatred
  5. Eternal Ban
  6. Upcoming Devastation
  7. Confused Mind
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Tommy Sandmann



Mad Butcher  EP
1987 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Mad Butcher
  2. The Damned
  3. Reject Emotions
  4. The Last Judgement
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Harry Wilkens
  • Oliver Kaiser



Release From Agony  
1988 Rock Hotel
  1. Beyond Eternity
  2. Release From Agony
  3. Dissatisfied Existence
  4. Sign Of Fear
  5. Unconscious Ruins
  6. Incriminated
  7. Our Oppression
  8. Survive To Die
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Harry Wilkens
  • Oliver Kaiser



Live Without Sense  LIVE
1989 Noise
  1. Curse The Gods
  2. Unconscious Ruins
  3. Invincible Force
  4. Dissatisfied Existence
  5. Reject Emotions
  6. Eternal Ban
  7. Mad Butcher
  8. Life Without Sense
  9. Release From Agony
  10. Bestial Invasion
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Harry Wilkens
  • Oliver Kaiser



Cracked Brain  
1990 Noise
  1. Cracked Brain
  2. Frustrated
  3. S.E.D.
  4. Time Must End
  5. My Sharona
  6. Rippin' You Off Blind
  7. Die A Day Before You're Born
  8. No Need To Justify
  9. When Your Mind Was Free
  • Andre Grieder
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Harry Wilkens
  • Christian Engler
  • Oliver Kaiser
1990 Readers' Album #36




Destruction  EP
1994 Brain Butcher
  1. Decisions
  2. I Kill Children
  3. Things Of No Importance
  4. Smile
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Michael Piranio
  • Christian Engler
  • Oliver Kaiser



Them Not Me  EP
1995 Brain Butcher
  1. Scratch The Skin
  2. Live To Start Again
  3. Bright Side Of Leprosy
  4. Push Me Off The Windowsill
  5. Mole
  6. Mentally Handicapped Enterprise
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Michael Piranio
  • Christian Engler
  • Oliver Kaiser



The Least Successful Human Cannonball  
1998 Brain Butcher
  1. Formless, faceless, nameless
  2. Tick on a tree
  3. 263 dead popes
  4. Cellar soul
  5. God gifted
  6. Autoaggression
  7. Hofffmannn's hell
  8. Brother of Cain
  9. A fake transition
  10. Continental drift I
  11. Continental drift II
  • Thomas Rosenmerkel
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Michael Piranio
  • Christian Engler
  • Oliver Kaiser



All Hell Breaks Loose  
2000 Nuclear Blast
  1. Intro
  2. The Final Curtain
  3. Machinery of Lies
  4. Tears of Blood
  5. Devastation of Your Soul
  6. The Butcher Strikes Back
  7. World Domination of Pain
  8. X-treme Measures
  9. All Hell Breaks Loose
  10. Total Desaster 2000
  11. Visual Prostitution
  12. Kingdom of Damnation
  13. Whiplash
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Sven Vormann



The Antichrist  
2001 Nuclear Blast
  1. Thrash 'Til Death
  2. Nailed To the Cross
  3. Dictators of Cruelty
  4. Bullets From Hell
  5. Strangulated Pride
  6. Meet Your Destiny
  7. Creations of the Underworld
  8. Godfather of Slander
  9. Let Your Mind Rot
  10. The Heretic
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Sven Vormann



Metal Discharge  
2003 Nuclear Blast
  1. The Ravenous Beast
  2. Metal Discharge
  3. Rippin´ the Flesh Apart
  4. Fear of the Moment
  5. Mortal Remains
  6. Desecrators of the New Age
  7. Historical Force Feed
  8. Savage Symphony of Terror
  9. Made to Be Broken
  10. Vendetta
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Marc Reign
2003 Readers' Album #24




Live Discharge  VIDEO
2004 Nuclear Blast



Inventor Of Evil  
2005 AFM
  1. Soul Collector
  2. The Defiance Will Remain
  3. The Alliance Of Hellhoundz
  4. No Mans Land
  5. The Calm Before The Storm
  6. The Chosen Ones
  7. Dealer Of Hostility
  8. Under Surveillance
  9. Seeds Of Hate
  10. Twist Of Fate
  11. Killing Machine
  12. Memories Of Nothingness
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Marc Reign
2005 Readers' Album #44




Thrash Anthems  
2007 AFM
  1. Bestial Invasion
  2. Profanity
  3. Release from Agony
  4. Mad Butcher
  5. Reject Emotions
  6. Death Trap
  7. Cracked Brain
  8. Life Without Sense
  9. Total Desaster
  10. Deposition (Your Heads Will Roll)
  11. Invincible Force
  12. Sign of Fear
  13. Tormentor
  14. Unconscious Ruins
  15. Curse the Gods
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Marc Reign
2007 Readers' Album #51




D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.  
2008 AFM
  1. D.evolution
  2. E.levator To Hell
  3. V.icious Circle - The 7 Seven Deadly Sins
  4. O.ffenders Of The Throne
  5. L.ast Desperate Scream
  6. U.rge (The Greed Of Gain)
  7. T.he Violation Of Morality
  8. I.nner Indulgence
  9. O.dyssey Of Frustration
  10. N.o One Shall Survive
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Marc Reign
2008 Readers' Album #27




The Curse Of The Antichrist  LIVE
2009 AFM
  1. The Butcher Strikes Back
  2. Curse The Gods
  3. Mad Butcher
  4. The Alliance Of Hellhoundz
  5. D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.
  6. Eternal Ban
  7. Urge The Greed Of Gain
  8. Thrash Till Death
  9. Metal Discharge
  10. The Damned
  11. Cracked Brain
  12. Soulcollector
  13. Death Trap
  14. Unconscious Ruins
  15. Life Without Sense
  16. The 7 Deadly Sins
  17. The Antichrist
  18. Thrash Till Death
  19. Reject Emotions
  20. Total Desaster
  21. Bestial Invasion
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Marc Reign
2009 Readers' Album #77




A Savage Symphony - The History Of Annihilation  VIDEO DEMO RE-RELEASE
2010 AFM



Day Of Reckoning  
2011 Nuclear Blast
  1. The Price
  2. Hate Is My Fuel
  3. Armageddonizer
  4. Devil’s Advocate
  5. Day of Reckoning
  6. Sorcerer of Black Magic
  7. Misfit
  8. The Demon Is God
  9. Church of Disgust
  10. Destroyer or Creator
  11. Sheep of the Regime
  12. The Price
  13. Hate Is My Fuel
  14. Armageddonizer
  15. Devil’s Advocate
  16. Day of Reckoning
  17. Sorcerer of Black Magic
  18. Misfit
  19. The Demon Is God
  20. Church of Disgust
  21. Destroyer or Creator
  22. Sheep of the Regime
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Vaaver
2011 Readers' Album #19




Spiritual Genocide  
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Exordium
  2. Cyanide
  3. Spiritual Genocide
  4. Renegades
  5. City Of Doom
  6. No Signs Of Repentance
  7. To Dust You Will Decay
  8. Legacy Of The Past
  9. Carnivore
  10. Riot Squad
  11. Under Violent Sledge
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Vaaver
2012 Readers' Album #17




Under Attack  
2016 Nuclear Blast
  1. Under Attack
  2. Generation Nevermore
  3. Dethroned
  4. Getting Used To The Evil
  5. Pathogenic
  6. Elegant Pigs
  7. Second To None
  8. Stand Up For What You Deliver
  9. Conductor Of The Void
  10. Stigmatized
  11. Black Metal (bonus)
  12. Thrash Attack (bonus)
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Vaaver
2016 Readers' Album #22




Thrash Anthems II  
2017 Nuclear Blast
  1. Confused Mind
  2. Black Mass
  3. Frontbeast
  4. Dissatisfied Existence
  5. United By Hatred
  6. The Ritual
  7. Black Death
  8. The Antichrist
  9. Confound Games
  10. Ripping You Off Blind
  11. Satan's Vengeance
  12. Holiday in Cambodia (DEAD KENNEDYS cover) (bonus track)
  • Schmier
  • Mike Sifringer
  • Vaaver



The Nuclear Blast Recordings  BOXED SET
2018 Nuclear Blast
  1. All Hell Breaks Loose
  2. The Antichrist
  3. Day Of Reckoning



Born To Perish  
2019 Nuclear Blast
  1. Born to Perish
  2. Inspired by Death
  3. Betrayal
  4. Rotten
  5. Filthy Wealth
  6. Butchered for Life
  7. Tyrants of the Netherworld
  8. We Breed Evil
  9. Fatal Flight 17
  10. Ratcatcher
  11. Hellbound
  • Damie Eskic
  • Randy Black




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