German Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Weil am Rhein.

Destruction was formed in 1983 by Marcel Schirmer alias Schmier (bass, vocals), Mike Sifringer (guitar) and Tommy Sandmann (drums).

They made a rather raw debut with 1984's mini-album Sentence Of Death, but quickly refined their sound into potent, powerful thrash for the excellent Infernal Overkill.

Second guitarist Harry Wilkens joined following the recording of the equally ferocious Eternal Devastation to bolster the live sound, although Sandmann also departed to be replaced by Oliver Kaiser, and the pair made their debut on the Mad Butcher EP.

Release From Agony saw the band make full use of the extra dimension the second guitar added, although their increasing musical dexterity and more intricate song structures did nothing to temper Destruction's aggression and heaviness, and the band began to extend themselves abroad, playing with Motörhead across Europe and on a few dates of Slayer's US tour.

Live Without Sense was an adequate display of the band's onstage power, but Destruction's fortunes took a downturn after they supported Celtic Frost on their Cold Lake UK tour. Internal dissent led to Schmier's departure, with the rest of the band electing to pursue a more melodic direction.

Cracked Brain was recorded with new bassist Christian Engler and stand-in vocalist Andre Grieder, but was disappointing. Further credibility was lost with a pointless cover version of the Knack's "My Sharona', and Destruction soon folded.

The band re-formed in the mid-90s with new members Thomas Rosenmerkel (vocals) and Michael Piranio (guitars) to record the Destruction and Them Not Me EPs, and 1996"s The Least Successful Human Cannonball, all of which were released on their own Brain Butcher label. Sifringer and Schmier inaugurated a full-scale reformation in 1999, recruiting new drummer Sven Herwig to record All Hell Breaks Loose.

Additional notes:
Arguably the first German thrash band. Their original name was Knight of Demon, but that was changed after a few weeks. They went from an Iron Maiden-esque sound to one heavily influenced by Venom in a matter of weeks.

In the early 90's Flemming Ronsdorf (Artillery) was asked to join Destruction as new vocalist. He rehearsed with the band, but didn't join because the label didn't want to send him money in advance before the upcoming tour (according to Ronsdorf).

The releases between 1994 and 1998 have been disowned by the band and are now classed as "Neo-Destruction" and not part of their offical discography.

Schmier performed guest vocals on the 2006 album "The Winter Wake" by the Folk Metal band Elvenking.

Current line-up:
Marcel Schirmer alias Schmier - Bass & Vocals (1982-1989, 1999-)
Mike Sifringer - Guitar (1982-)
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz - Drums (2010-)

Former/past member(s)

André Grieder (Poltergeist (Che)) (1990)
Thomas Rosenmerkel (Ephemera’s Party, Jesus Chrysler Superskunk) (1993-1999)

Harry Wilkens (1987-1990)
Michael Piranio (Ephemera’s Party, Jesus Chrysler Superskunk) (1993-1999)

Christian Engler (Necronomicon (Ger)) (1994-1998)

Thomas "Tommy" Sandmann (1982-1987)
Oliver "Olli" Kaiser (1987-1999)
Sven Vormann (Jesus Chrysler Superskunk, Abandoned, Cryonix, The Lie) (1999-2002)
Marc Reign (2002-2010)

Chris Witchhunter (Sodom) ('Eternal Devastation' tour) (R.I.P. 7th September 2008)


Destruction Discography Tracks


Destruction Sentence Of Death (MiniAlbum, EP) Steamhammer Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
Destruction Bestial Invasion Of Hell (MiniAlbum) Not On Label Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Destruction Infernal Overkill (Album) Steamhammer Germany 1985 Sell This Version
SHLP 4003 Destruction Sentence of Death(12", MiniAlbum) Steamhammer SHLP 4003 1985 Sell This Version
Destruction Eternal Devastation (Album) Steamhammer, Steamhammer Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Destruction Release From Agony (Album) Steamhammer, Steamhammer Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Destruction Live - Without Sense (Album, EP) Steamhammer US 1989 Sell This Version
Destruction Cracked Brain (Album) Steamhammer UK 1990 Sell This Version
UAM 0447 Destruction Destruction(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd, Num) Brain Butcher Compact UAM 0447 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
BBC 0714 Destruction Them Not Me(CD, MiniAlbum) Brain Butcher Compact BBC 0714 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BBC 0715 Destruction The Least Successful Human Cannonball(CD, Album) Brain Butcher Compact BBC 0715 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Destruction All Hell Breaks Loose (Album) Nuclear Blast Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Destruction The Antichrist (Album) Nuclear Blast US 2001 Sell This Version
Destruction Metal Discharge (Album) Nuclear Blast Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Destruction Alive Devastation (Album) Nexus (3) Japan 2003 Sell This Version
Destruction Live Discharge Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Destruction Inventor Of Evil (Album) AFM Records Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Destruction Thrash Anthems (Album) AFM Records Germany 2006 Sell This Version
Destruction D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. (Album) AFM Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version
Destruction The Curse Of The Antichrist - Live In Agony (Album) AFM Records Argentina 2009 Sell This Version
Destruction Day Of Reckoning (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast South Korea 2011 Sell This Version
Destruction Spiritual Genocide (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Germany 2012 Sell This Version
Destruction Under Attack (Album) Nuclear Blast, Nuclear Blast Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Destruction Thrash Anthems II (Album) Pledge Music Europe 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Destruction Mad Butcher (EP, MiniAlbum) Steamhammer Germany 1986 Sell This Version