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Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2017 von Markus W. in Destruction, Schmier, Mike, Vaaver, Bark, HellBender, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Live, Tour, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel

Destruction, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2017

Just a few days after Hamburg-based metal icons Helloween played an impressive show in Tilburg it was another German metal legend that delighted Dutch metal fans with excellent songs, covering a time span of more then three decades.

Destruction hit the road for playing three shows in The Netherlands. The starting point of this short trip was Leiden. It was the Gebr. De Nobel that hosted this thrash metal attack with a setlist that was built with an oldschool approach - the thrash anthems.   


But before Schmier, Mike and Vaaver started their hellish thrash inferno it was a local band that kicked-off that night. HellBender calls Leiden their home base, something that became very obvious by the encouraging amount of metalheads in front of the stage. The harsh thrash/death metal mix of HellBender motivated more and more fans to leave the bar for enjoying HellBenders brutal riff attacks. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the guys before and I think it was the first time that they entered a stage in bigger venue. However, it was a striking metal set with songs that did their job as energizers. HellBender’s sound might not by the most innovative one, but the intensity and passion that was put into each note played that night led to a well-deserved and rewarding applause.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

We stay in the Benelux but ‘move’ to Belgium. Bark, hailing from Antwerp, was next on the list. The band is still a rather new one with a foundation date in 2014. The noticeable thing with their performance is the power that comes with this five-piece outfit. These guys inflame a sonic blast and it felt like standing in the middle of a metal storm. Unfortunately there was a smaller crowd in front of the podium, which maybe also had to do with the fact that the songs felt very similar. It was a storm, blowing on a constant level right into your face.  A bit more variation wouldn’t have been a bad thing.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Finally it was time for Destruction to enter the stage. The trio didn’t loose any time and started right into a set that was build very much around the “Infernal Overkill” album. Schmier, Mike and Vaaver put smashers like “Antichrist”, Black Death” and the excellent instrumental “Thrash Attack” on the setlist; songs that belongs to the best German thrash metal ever brought to surface. These tunes are classics and it wasn’t a big surprise that fans celebrated each of the seventeen anthems with a 90 minutes mosh pit.

Destruction’s set didn’t include any minute for recovery. “Curse the Gods” marked the excellent beginning of a concert that included everything fans of the German powerhouse came for. “Mad Butcher”, “Release From Agony” and the ‘newer’ “The Butcher Strikes Back” (from 2000) led to a hellish metal party, with the latter being the closer of the regular set.

After a very short break the trio returned on stage for two more tunes. It was a blood curdling scream by Schmier that introduced “Thrash Till Death” before “Bestial Invasion” acted as the Grande Finale of a show that took fans back to the first half of Destruction’s impressive musical history. I guess that nobody, including the band, would have been disappointed by just going on for a bit longer, but due to a strict curfew (a disco party followed that night in the same room) the 90 minutes had to do the job, and they did. Witnessing a Destruction show is always a delight and so was this night.


Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Tracklist Destruction:

  1. Curse The Gods
  2. Tormentor
  3. Nailed to the Cross
  4. Mad Butcher
  5. Dethroned
  6. Life Without Sense
  7. Release From Agony
  8. The Ritual
  9. Black Death
  10. Antichrist
  11. Satan’s Vengeance
  12. Total Desaster
  13. Thrash Attack
  14. Second to None
  15. The Butcher Strikes Back
  16. Thrash Till Death
  17. Bestial Invasion


Location: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2017


CD review DESTRUCTION "Thrash Anthems II"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Destruction, Thrash Anthems, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, News, Nuclear Blast

CD review DESTRUCTION "Thrash Anthems II"

(*/10) Ten years after having shipped “Thrash Anthems” to the record stores it’s German powerhouse Destruction that releases with 'part 2' another chapter of highly successful German metal music. “Thrash Anthems II” was originally meant to be a PledgeMusic campaign only. But after having been overwhelmed by support and requests, the band decided to publish an alternative version via Nuclear Blast, which will be released on November 11th.

As with the first compilation also part 2 re-activates Destruction highlights from the 80’s, a tracklist that has been chosen by band and fans. Also this time Schmier, Mike and Vaaver decided to go for a re-recording of milestoness such as “United by Hatred”, Black Mass” and “Black Death”, the latter even with a more proper ‘th’ than on "Infernal Overkill". Each of these trackss shines in new splendor, showing the quality of songs that come from a time when metal rapidly gained momentum. There is, without any doubt, a lot of joy connected by listening to the original versions and those are of course still available. But it’s also a great experience to listen to these oldschool smashers that have been refreshed without losing the aggressive 80’s vibe and edges.

“Thrash Anthems II” is what it is, a compilation of metal classics of one of the spearheads of German thrash metal. And who would have thought in 1982, the year of foundation, that Destruction is still around 35 years later? Probably not even the band themselves. True legends with real anthems.





  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


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2017


DESTRUCTION started a PledgeMusic campaign for "Thrash Anthems II"

Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2017 von Markus W. in Destruction, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, PledgeMusic, News, Heavy Metal

German thrash metal powerhouse Destruction started a PledgeMusic campaign for the upcoming "Thrash Anthems II" album. After the successful first part the trio decided to go for a second round, focusing on classics "The Ritual" and many more.


CD review GODSLAVE "Welcome to the Green Zone"

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2016 von Markus W. in Godslave, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review, Destruction, Exodus

(7/10) I don't think that there aren't a lot of metal covers that are kept in green. The new disc of German Godslave got such an artwork which fits very well considering the album title being "Welcome to the Green Zone".

The five-piece from Saarbrücken, Germany is ready with their fourth album, featuring eleven songs that are typical German thrash metal. Especially the vocals, done by Gnomos, remind more than once of Destruction's Schmier, while some other parts of "Welcome to the Green Zone" are more Bay Area inspired. Talking about the vocals also means touching on one of the weak spot of this album. Actually the rougher vocal sections are done very well, but the high pitches become annoying over time. Next to this downer there are sometimes almost endless receptions of a riff like in  "Bloodhound Pack".

Anyhow, besides those two points of critisism "Welcome to the Green Zone" is a well done thrash metal album, that is authentic and kept true. It's not the musical finesse that is the major asset of this release and it's also not the level of innovation that is jaw-dropping. But it's the authentic approach and the passion of the five guys this album stands for. What you hear is what you get.

Songs like the aggressive "Mad in Germany" or the furious and more classic "Children of the Pit" are cool tracks with nothing to complain about. Those tunes are entertaining and uncompromising metal with the latter including even a sing-a-long chorus.

Each of you that prefers a very good a minor league match more than a boring major league competition should go for Godslave.





  1. Green Zone
  2. Bloodhound Pack
  3. So Let it Burn
  4. Because We Can
  5. Idolozed
  6. Demon
  7. Mad in Germany
  8. My Journey
  9. 6 2.3
  10. Children of the Pit
  11. Ebnd of History


Label: Green Zone Music

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: March 18th, 2016

CD review GODSLAVE "Welcome to the Green Zone"

CD review RAISE HELL "Written in blood"

Veröffentlicht am 8. August 2015 von Markus W. in Raise Hell, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Destruction, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Heavy Metal

(7/10) After having had a nine year break Swedish Raise Hell are back. I honestly haven't expected a new album of the Stockholm-based four-piece. The more I was surprised when "Written in blood" landed in my postbox.

Raise Hell's sound always contained some thrash element that added to the death metal foundation. In the later days Raise Hell moved more towards thrash metal and the new longplayer is a next step. In the meantime I would say that the foundation is pure thrash that reminded me to bands like Destruction. Also the vocals of Jimmy Fjällendahl sound pretty similar to Schmier, which isn't something bad at all. A few death roots are still blinking here and there but those aren't the dominant factor in Raise Hell's sound.

The main difference to the last album called "City of the damned" is the creativity when it comes to sogwriting and the excellent sound.

Let's start with the tracks. In general I have the feeling that the break maybe came at the right time. "City of the damned" sounded uninspired and exhausted, while "Written in blood" is a 180 degree twist. The new longplayer sounds fresh and I have the feeling the four guys love again what they are doing. They found their passion back.

Regardless if it's the melodic "A blackened resurrection", the brutal opener "Dr. Death" or the almost epical six minutes long closer "Final hour"; each of the tracks sounds powerful and has a rigid drive.

The production of the album is an excellent one too. It is forcefull and the mix is very balanced. Another plus.

"Written in blood" is a positive surprise. An album that will get a few more rounds in the CD player.





  1. Dr. Death
  2. Six feet under
  3. Fallen Domination
  4. Demon mind
  5. A balckend resurrection
  6. The bell of the reaper
  7. We arise
  8. Thank you God
  9. In cold blood
  10. Final hour

Label: Black Lodge

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release date EU: August 21, 2015

CD review RAISE HELL "Written in blood"

CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2014 von Markus W. in Panzer, Destruction, Accept, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) When guys from well known German metal bands team up the result must be something impressive. The German Panzer ('tank' in English) is the newest of those initiatives. Schmier, bassplayer and singer from Destruction, Herman Frank (g) from Accept and Victory, plus Stefam Schwarzmann from Accept on drums formed this new trio call The German Panzer. And this tank has an enormous power engine.

The project was actually the idea of Schwarzmann who had a chat with Nobert Mandel (from the Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland) about how to bridge a period between tour and studio. They took the idea of a project further, Mandel contacted Schmier and what started as a chat became more and more form and shape.

The name of the band is something which is a bit delecate. A German band called The German Panzer could lead to some controversial discussions. But it also fits to the music of the band and Schmier also stated that he is critisizing with his lyrics.

The music can be described as being a bit harder than Accept by also being more melodic than Destruction. It is the best out of both worlds which are reflected in The German Panzer.

The opener is pretty fast and reminds to Judas Priest in the "Painkiller" times. The pounding "Hail and kill" and "Temple of doom" guarantee an excellent start into this metal record. A triple that really rocks. "Temple of doom" by the way is everything but not doom. It is a high pace rocker with a lot of screaming guitars. 

The title track is one of the best songs on the record. It is kept a bit slower than some others and spreads a gloomy atmosphere. And this is one of the good things with this album. The German Pazer doesn't sing about war and destruction combined with some sing-a-long melodies; like some other bands. You can feel the pain and harm of war in the songs of The German Panzer.

Another highlight is "Why?". The way Schmier screams 'why' in the chorus puts your teeth on edge. Furthermore the song is slow, heavy and full of desperation. 

Also not to forget the Gary Moore cover "Murder in the skies" that got a new makeover. The original song can be still recognised very well, but the trio re-arranged it and gave it a new interpretation. A well done cover version.

The world would be much better if all 'Panzer' would be like this one, which delivers power instead of pain. I cool album which is maybe not rocket science, but music that is great headbanging stuff. Let's see if The German Panzer keeps on rolling also in the future.





  1. Death knell
  2. Hail and kill
  3. Temple of doom
  4. Panzer
  5. Freakshow
  6. Mr. Nobrain
  7. Why?
  8. Virtual collision
  9. Roll the dice
  10. Bleed for your sins
  11. Murder in the skies (Bonus)


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"


Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Destruction, Lost Society, Evil Invaders, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Live Review, News

It was Monday night and the Dutch football team had a competion in the qualifying for the next European championship. So it wasn't the best conditions for a concert evening. However, thrash metal dinosaur Destruction came to Rotterdam to rock the house. They had two youngsters as opening acts in their package. Lost Society from Finland and Evil Invaders (Belgium) have been supporting the German thrashers. Both did a pretty good job in warming up the crowd.

Unfortunately I missed Evil Invaders, but what I heard is that they did a quite good gig.

When I finally made it to the venue Lost Society was entering the stage. They inflamed a 40 minutes thrash metal firework and the spark went directly over to the crowd. The fans went crazy and the band turned the venue into a Finish sauna. Temperature was raising immediately. The great thing with Lost Society is the unleashed energy of youth and the unstoppable hunger for riffs. Cool show.


Then it was time for Destruction. The three-piece didn't take any prisoners either. From the very first moment on they made clear that we have the headliner on stage. Many many years of experience is something you just gain. And this experience allows you act and play so authentic. Destruction played a very cool set of songs that covered all stages of the bands development till today.

Schmier is of course more than a singing bass player. His stage presence is enormous. Left corner, right corner, in the middle - it became understandable why the stage had three microphone stands. But Destruction can't be Destruction without the guitar sound of Mike. He is part of the band from the beginning and went through all the ups and downs of Destruction. It is amazing where the small skinny guy takes all the power from. Astonishing what passion can do. Not to forget the drums. Both, Schmier and Mike, could build on Vaaver, who added the heartbeat to the music with his dynamic punch behind the drum kit.

The sound for all bands was pretty good (at least I can say this for Destruction and Lost Society). This was really appreciated and added to the great atmosphere in the Baroeg. Small point of critic from my side was the guitar sound of Destruction. I had the feeling that this a bit too far in the back. And the band classic "Mad Butcher" was so fast that it was hard to recognise. But maybe that was only me and it did do any harm to the great show of the German trio.

All in all the Monday felt like a Saturday night when it comes to the vibe in the Baroeg. And it was probably much better to see the Destruction show than watching football. Netherlands lost 2:0 against Island while the Baroeg just had winners that night.


Tracklist Destruction

  1. Total desaster
  2. Thrash till death
  3. Nailed to the cross
  4. Mad butcher
  5. Armageddonizer
  6. Black death
  7. Eternal ban
  8. Life without sense
  9. Spiritual genocide
  10. Release from agony
  11. Carnivore
  12. Hate is my fuel
  13. Thrash attack
  14. Bestial invasion
  15. Curse the gods (Encore)
  16. The butcher strikes back (Encore)


Tracklist Lost Society

  1. KILL (Those who oppose me)
  2. Attaxic
  3. Tyrant takeover
  4. Toxic avenger
  5. Braindead metalhead
  6. Overdose brain
  7. Terror hungry


Location: Baroeg, Rotterdam, Th Netherlands

Date: 13.10.2014


Bands for BLASTBEAT festivals confirmed

Veröffentlicht am 2. September 2014 von Markus W. in At The Gates, Death Metal, Vallenfyre, Dark Funeral, Destruction, News

The first bands for the Blastbeat festival on Bergen, Norway are confirmed. See here an overview...


Bands for BLASTBEAT festivals confirmed