DESTRUCTION Leader Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer: “DESTRUCTION Is My Band, My Life and My Destination”

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Thrash Metal legends DESTRUCTION‘s upcoming musical manifest Born To Perish will certainly create a furor when it hits the shelves next August 9th. The brand-new line-up featuring the Canadian drum animal Randy Black and Swiss shred-master Damir Eskić, together with veterans Schmier and Mike, is here to bring you musical destruction. This is a new chapter in the long, impressive history of the band.

Born To Perish starts like a thunder clap, immediately hitting you with the title song – skipping any intro or frippery. This is classic thrash metal, like the following bone breaking “Inspired By Death”, the heavy but catchy tune “Betrayal” and the raised middle finger “Rotten”. Since 1982 when DESTRUCTION was first founded, they’ve never once lost their aggressiveness. On the second part of the album one can expect some surprises like “Butchered For Life”, which starts out like a rock ballad ending up as a real Thrash Metal monster. In “Fatal Flight 17”, outstanding with its exceptional riffing, Schmier both tells a personal story and pays tribute to his old hero Gary Moore.

Lyric wise, Born To Perish is a statement against power-hungry politicians, senseless hate, and all the world’s madness. Schmier explains: “The vulture on the cover is something like an “anti-eagle” that symbolizes the insatiable greed of people. I always wonder what drives these people: wealthy people want to be millionaires; millionaires want to be billionaires, and so on. This seems to be an endless spiral.”

Lifelong DESTRUCTION follower Michael Francisco spoke with Schmier about their new drummer, the advantages of having a twin guitar assault, the album recording sessions, the plans for an upcoming North American tour and many other topics. Listen to their chat on the links below, and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

Slideshow photographs by Sean Harkin.


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