Alec Empire ‎– The Destroyer

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"We All Die!", "Suicide" and "Bang Your Head!" were originally released on Alec Empire's "Death E.P." (DHR 4) in late December 1994. All tracks written and produced by Alec Empire, recorded at Empire Studios, Berlin 24.8.1994.
"Don't Lie, White Girl!", "Fire Bombing" and "I Just Wanna Destroy…" were written by Alec Empire in August 1995 for John Peel's radio show on BBC Radio 1. The session was broadcasted in Novemeber 1995. Alec rerecorded these tracks especially for this album in January 1996.
"Pleasure Is Our Business" was recorded live at the "Underground" club in Cologne, 12.2.1994.
The rest was written, produced and recorded by Alec Empire in April 1996 at Empire Studios Berlin exclusively for this album.
Fuck the nazi punks up their asses

I hate people who romanticise death - this is not what it s all about! At the end of all this we all gonna die and that s it! Not more and not less! You fucking religious idiots stupid like shit

℗ + © DHR 1996


Track 1 is an uncredited intro, track 16 an uncredited outro to the album.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 019148 608950
  • Matrix / Runout (Version 1, mirrored): C1412 DHR CD 4 1 : 4 MASTERED BY NIMBUS
  • Matrix / Runout (Version 2, mirrored): C1412 DHR 4 : 1:0 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mastering SID Code (Version 1, mirrored): IFPI L123
  • Mastering SID Code (Version 2, mirrored): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Version 1): ifpi 2317
  • Mould SID Code (Version 2): ifpi 2321
  • Barcode (On distributor import sticker): 5 019148 128953

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Alec Empire The Destroyer(File, ALAC, Album, RE) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) none Germany 2013
DHR LP 4 Alec Empire The Destroyer(2xLP, Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR LP 4 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DHR LP 16 Alec Empire The Destroyer(2xLP, Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR LP 16 US 1998 Sell This Version
EYHOMP3007 Alec Empire The Destroyer(16xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Eat Your Heart Out EYHOMP3007 2008
DHR CD 16 Alec Empire The Destroyer(CD, Album) Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) DHR CD 16 US 1998 Sell This Version


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June 15, 2015
Amazingly brutal release. combining the aggro of punk, the energetic styling of rave and old jungle and a very fetal essence of breakcore and you get the destroyer. from the intro of the Empire's popular sampling of 3x3 eyes, It opens with "We all die!" which is a no holds barred attack on the ears renders the listener into a violent world of molotov cocktails, before leading to the dance floor for "Suicide". the aggro continues thru out, leading up to "The Peak", which is nosebleedingly fast, with the amen break never sounding so hardcore!

amidst the chaos, the samples are quite interesting too- halfway thru the ultimately aggressive "The Peak" Empire took time to sample scumpunk GG Allin's final interview on american television, cutting in the finest bits of the Gravediggaz's first LP and various screams from the german dub of Child's Play. Definitely one that set the bar. own it.


August 10, 2013
[quote Alec's liner notes]"I hate people who romanticise [sic] death - this is not what it's all about! At the end of all this we all gonna die and that's it! Not more and not less! You f**king religious idiots stupid like shit".[/end quote] Just purchased this CD earlier this week, haven't got the time to listen to it yet, but this quote gave me at least an hors d'oeuvre laugh out loud value for my money. Man Alec, how hardcore can you get?


April 27, 2012
It is indeed a cool release. I even took a time to get used to the music but it is very nice, and the names of the titles are cool. I got familliar with the track "Suicide" and after listening I was very curious to the whole album and I am happy to buy it soon.


November 30, 2011
Without a doubt one of the most blood boiling and angry records i have ever heard, not even topped by the intensity of many extreme metal acts, this album is his finest solo release beyond a shadow of a doubt. Many claim this to be the first "breakcore" album, and if this is true. breakcore's first release is also it's finest.


March 17, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
An absolutely raw and groundbreaking release. Such an uncompromisingly intense album must have been revolutionary in its day. Works rather well because of its minimalism and primitivism, a real punk jungle album. As intense as any modern "powernoize" album with the wreckage of rave/jungle culture to give it a tasteful edge. Alec always appears more focused and balanced when working solo as opposed to his ATR outings, especially before ATR's demise (when his sound took many of ATR's pretensions), and this is the most shining album I've seen from him.