Destruction have released a new mini-documentary focusing on their socially distanced concerts in Pratteln, Switzerland. The shows took place at the Z7 club on July 3-4 and only 300 tickets were available for each date.
“I am very glad that our film team could capture those moments. The first shows after the loosening of the rules in Switzerland for concerts were for sure a special moment for all of us. The fans did a very good job, and the social distancing worked pretty well. For sure much better than in the supermarket or on public transport these days. We all felt safe and sound, and sure, you cannot completely avoid contact, but you can use your common sense. The precautions and government rules have been implemented well and that was important for everybody involved.
It will still be very challenging to bring concerts back into our lives. If masks will be a part of that future or other precautions, the next weeks will show. It is important to take the new challenges and try — instead of doing nothing and just accepting the situation of no shows!
Destruction will continue this path and play a social distancing open air close to Berlin in August. A concept that works for a while in Germany and now this now the first METAL show in that format.
Thanks for all the support & stay healthy and aware!”
Destruction took the stage at Z7 in Pratteln, Swizterland last night (July 4) for their first concert since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the 1,600 capacity venue limited the show to 300 people. Footage from the performance can be seen below:
Destruction have booked a July 4 show at the Z7 club in Pratteln, Switzerland. Poltergeist will serve as support. It’s worth noting that the venue will be operating at a limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Tickets can be found HERE.
Destruction have shared a new live video for “Nailed To The Cross.” This version of the track is from the band’s new live album, “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany,” which is available in digital outlets now. The effort, which was recorded during the band’s set at last year’s Party.San Metal Open Air festival, will also be available on CD and vinyl on July 17. Frontman Schmier commented:
“‘Nailed to the Cross’ is one of the newer generation Destruction songs that we could never take off our setlist. It became a fan favorite right away and is one of those songs that never get old, especially live. The crowd at the Partysan festival that day, gave us a great welcome – I hope you enjoy a bit of the festival atmosphere that we will all be missing this year!”
Destruction have shared a new live video for “Curse The Gods.” This version of the track is from the band’s new live album, “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany,” which is available in digital outlets now. The effort, which was recorded during the band’s set at last year’s Party.San Metal Open Air festival, will also be available on CD and vinyl on July 17.
“‘Curse The Gods’ is the first of the three video clips that we will release until the album is out physically in July! There is no better opener for a Destruction show, and the song and its lyrics are still a true classic! Still one of my faves to play live, even after all those years! We made it possible for the fans to already stream this record now and not like usual on the release day of the physical product in some months. Production and promotion normally takes several weeks but unusual times need unusual measures! Nothing is like a LIVE show and we all are missing it!”
Destruction will be digitally releasing a new live album titled “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany” on May 8. The effort, which was recorded during the band’s set at last year’s Party.San Metal Open Air festival, will also be available on CD and vinyl on July 17.
With this news, the group have also launched an interactive map where fans can mark the location of their first Destruction show. Everyone that participates by April 24 will be mentioned on a poster that will come with the physical editions of the album.
“We recorded this special show on the release weekend of our ‘Born To Perish’ record last year, at Germany’s awesome Party.San festival. We had the very spontaneous idea to do a live album in these difficult times, where the fans and us bands are longing for concerts. This might help us a bit to keep the spirit, bring us some joy and great memories back. This is also the first live record of Destruction as a four-piece since the legendary ‘Live Without Sense’ album.
The current lineup is the strongest we ever had — and, of course, this shows best on a live stage! We have kept it raw and authentic and hope our fans will enjoy this atmospheric highlight of our last concert season as much as we did while thrashing on stage.”
Destruction have announced the rescheduled dates for their European/UK tour. Suicidal Angels have since dropped off the trek due to scheduling conflicts, so Warbringer will be taking their place. Crisix and Domination Inc. will also perform.
11/28 Waregem, BEL – Waregemse Metal Day (Destruction and Warbringer only)
11/29 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
11/30 Wiesbaden, GER – Kesselhaus
12/02 London, UK – The Dome
12/03 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
12/04 Limerick, IRE – Dolan’s Warehouse
12/05 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
12/06 Glasgow, UK – Slay
12/08 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
12/09 Bilbao, SPA – Santana 27
12/10 Lisbon, POR – RCA CLub
12/11 Madrid, SPA – Sala But
12/12 Barcelona, SPA – Salamandra
12/13 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
12/15 Berlin, GER – Bi Nuu
12/16 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla
12/17 Lindau, GER – Vaudeville
12/18 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
Destruction will be headlining the “Thrash Alliance” tour in Europe early next year. Legion Of The Damned, Suicidal Angels, and Final Breath will open.
02/13 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
02/14 – Leipzig, Germany – Felsenkeller
02/15 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
02/16 – Trier, Germany – Mergener Hof
02/17 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
02/18 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
02/19 – Enschede, Netherlands – Metropool
02/20 – Roeselare, Belgium – Trax
02/21 – Hamburg, Germany – Kultur Palast
02/22 – Geiselwind, Germany – Eventzentrum
02/23 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex
02/25 – Hanover, Germany – MusikZentrum
02/26 – Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic – Klub Mír
02/27 – Pilsen, Czech Republic – Šeříkovka
02/28 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
02/29 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
03/01 – Milan, Italy – Legend Club
Destruction have premiered a visualizer video for their song “Inspired By Death.” This track is from their new album “Born To Perish,” which was released today (August 9).
Destruction have premiered a new video for their new song “Betrayal.” This track is from the band’s new album “Born To Perish,” which will be released on August 9.
Frontman Schmier commented:
“This is maybe my fave song from the new album ’cause of its classic thrash feel and the very catchy chorus. Randy is all guns blazing here and Mike and Damir have an awesome solo battle! We all have our experience with ‘Betrayal’ and wanted an emotional, atmospheric and different video!”
Director Achilleas Gatsopoulos also commented:
“It was my honor to be entrusted by such a historic band to create a fresh visual aesthetic for their new album.
It was important for me to strip things down and start with the basic raw and powerful visual elements that derive from their trademark logo: sharp angular shapes, high contrast and a monochromatic color palette of red, black and white.
Inspired by Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece ‘Suspiria’ as well as by the existential portraits of Francis Bacon and mythology, we create a dark tableaus of archetypal forms of betrayal: two-faced/deceit, back-stabbing, infidelity, garden of eden, wartime snitch and we close with none other than the iconic kiss of Judas.
It was an immense pleasure to work with the guys and I am really looking forward to next time. ‘Til then, enjoy the audiovisual onslaught that is ‘Betrayal’.”