Destruction: 'Under Attack'
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'Under Attack'
(Nuclear Blast)
Out Now

Johnny Main

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German thrashers Destruction are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, along with Kreator, Sodom and Tankard and have also been credited with helping pioneer the black metal scene. Originally named Knight Of Demon, the band began in 1982 after founder members vocalist and bassist Marcel Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann and guitarist Mike Sifringer were inspired to start a band by Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Motörhead and Venom.

They released a demo titled 'Bestial Invasion Of Hell' in 1984 which was followed up later in the year with the 'Sentence Of Death' EP. Their first full length album, 'Infernal Overkill' appeared in 1985, which was followed by 'Eternal Devastation' in 1986. In 1987, Tommy Sandmann and was replaced as well as the band adding a second guitarist to the line up and they would remain as a quartet until the late 1990s. Back in 1987, the new line up released the 'Mad Butcher' EP and then the 'Release From Agony' album.

The band's next studio album, 'Cracked Brain', came out in 1990 whereupon Schmier left the band leaving Sifringer as the sole founder member and the band continued to release albums under the Neo-Destruction banner. By 1999, Schmier decided to rejoin the band and they signed a deal with Nuclear Blast with whom they released three albums: 'All Hell Breaks Loose' in 2000, 'The Antichrist' (2001) and 'Metal Discharge' in 2003 before they switched to AFM Records for the release of 'Inventor Of Evil' in 2005, 'Thrash Anthems (2007) and 'D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.' (2008) before they split with AFM and returned once again to Nuclear Blast.

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With a new drummer in the shape of Wawrzyniec Dramowicz and a new record deal under their belts, the band recorded 'Day Of Reckoning' and 'Spiritual Genocide' in 2011 and 2012 respectively which both built on the success of their previous records. Now, 'Under Attack' sees the same band members reform after a long break and it's great to see the band back together and very much on form too.

The album come in a shade over forty five minutes and runs to ten tracks of which the best includes 'Dethroned' and 'Second To None'. With the former, it's one of the slower tempo numbers included on the album but it still manages to pack a punch. Dramowicz really keeps things going here with his metronomic drumming whilst the lyrics are short and stabby, along with an easy to remember chorus that's sure to have the audience punching the air in a gig and was a favourite of mine from first listen.

As far as the latter is concerned, it must be one of the fastest tracks here with the backing vocals giving the chorus an extra boost. Once again Dramowicz equips himself well as he holds down the ferocious beat whilst still managing to add in some inventive drum fills as the guitar riff of Sifringer drives the song onwards.


Album opener 'Under Attack' has a soft intro which leads you gently into things but it's not long before the track builds into a frantic thrash with sparse vocals from Schirmer allowing the music to do the talking during the long intro before the track settles down into it's groove. 'Getting Used To Evil' shakes up the format going from simple sung vocals to a much deeper style giving the track a bit of extra texture. There's a great guitar riff from Sifringer which may be fairly simple but it's incredibly effective as the song bounces from heavy to lighter and back again.

'Pathogenic' affords Schirmer a solo section and it's sure to be another crowd pleaser with its catchy chorus whilst closing number 'Stigmatised' ensures there's no soppy acoustic ballads here to slow the pace down as the album finishes on a high with Schirmer adding a touch of menace to his vocals whilst Dramowicz once again shows his skill as he gives the drum kit a good work out.

All in all it's a very good album and it shows that the band have lost none of their fire, so let's hope they don't take too long before recording their follow up.

You can see the official video for 'Under Attack' here:

You can see Destruction live here:

Tickets for Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London are available by clicking here.

Saturday 4th June – Blondie, Santiago
Sunday 5th June – Ozzy Bar, Bogota
Tuesday 7th June – Scenarium, San Salvador
Wednesday 8th June – Salon Agayc, Guatemala City
Thursday 9th June – Expocentro, San Pedro Sula
Friday 10th June – Foro Indie Rocks, Mexico City
Friday 24th June – Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Dischingen
Friday 15th July – Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle
Friday 22nd July – Rock unter den Eichen, Bertingen
Saturday 23rd July – Fosch Fest @ Bagnatica, Bergamo
Friday 29th July – Saarmageddon Festival, Saarbrucken
Saturday 13th August – Brutal Assault 2016, Jaroměř
Sunday 14th August – Rockstadt Extreme Fest, Râsnov
Thursday 15th September – Z7, Pratteln
Friday 16th September – Backstage, München
Saturday 17th September – Circolo Colony, Brescia
Sunday 18th September – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg
Tuesday 20th September – Matrix, Bochum
Wednesday 21st September – La Laiterie, Strasbourg
Thursday 22nd September – La Belle Electrique, Grenoble
Friday 23rd September – Le Moulin, Marseille
Saturday 24th September – Metronum, Toulouse
Sunday 25th September – Razz2, Barcelona
Tuesday 27th September – Custom, Seville
Wednesday 28th September – RCA Club , Lisbon
Thursday 29th September – Hard Club, Porto
Friday 30th September – Arena, Madrid
Saturday 1st October – Santana 27, Bilbao
Sunday 2nd October – La Machine, Paris
Tuesday 4th October – Audio, Glasgow
Wednesday 5th October – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
Thursday 6th October – Club Academy, Manchester
Friday 7th October – Underworld, London
Saturday 8th October – Lucky, Rijssen
Sunday 9th October – Iduna, Drachten
Monday 10th October – M.A.U. Club, Rostock
Tuesday 11th October – Storm Club, Prague
Wednesday 12th October – Hirsch, Nuremberg
Thursday 13th October – Kubana, Siegburg
Friday 14th October – Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn
Saturday 15th October – Muziekodroom, Hasselt
Sunday 16th October – 7er Club, Mannheim
Friday 16th December – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Tickets for Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and London are available by clicking here.

'Under Attack' Track Listing:
Under Attack
Generation Nevermore
Getting Used To The Evil
Elegant Pigs
Second To None
Stand Up For What You Deliver
Conductor Of The Void

Destruction are:
Marcel Schirmer – Vocals/Bass Guitar
Mike Sifringer – Guitar
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz – Drums

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