German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION are currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter recording their 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, for a November release via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD, which will be mixed by Andy Classen, feature guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/”Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — will reunite for one song.
Commented DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer: “For this anniversary album we did a really great job. Our new drummer, Vaaver [real name: Wawrzyniec Dramowicz; INDUKTI, ex-UNSUN], opens up new possibilities of course.
“On this album there are no limits.
“So fast, brutal and yet groovy we haven’t ever sounded, probably!
“Also the guest musicians are very special this time: with Gerre and Tom Angelripper, our old friends and companions, are with us, the original ‘Mad Butcher’/’Release From Agony’ lineup is doing one song and with Ol Drake, we got the hottest young thrash guitarist for a few solos on the album!
“Germany’s best extreme metal producer Andy Classen will take care for the brutal and raw production!
“The album will destroy even more than [2011’s] ‘Day Of Reckoning’: fast riffs, double bass attacks and brutal groovy songs, I think this time we found the 100% right mix!
“Also the ‘Mad Butcher’ returns to the cover.
“Cool artworks are very important for us. For the new thrash thunderstorm, our artist Gyula created a real hammer again! The artwork makes clear immediately where to go — FULL THROTTLE — as it has to be.”
DESTRUCTION earlier in the year completed the North American “30th Year Anniversary Tour” with support from WARBRINGER, VITAL REMAINS (who were alternating each night) and PATHOLOGY.
Inspired by IRON MAIDEN, MERCYFUL FATE, MOTÖRHEAD and VENOM, DESTRUCTION was formed as KNIGHT OF DEMON in 1982. The band’s original lineup included vocalist and bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann, and guitarist Mike Sifringer. They soon changed their name to DESTRUCTION and released a demo titled “Bestial Invasion Of Hell” in 1984.
“Day Of Reckoning” landed at position No. 58 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.