Destruction Officially Part Ways With Guitarist Mike Sifringer, Premiere Music Video For New Song “State Of Apathy”

Destruction have officially parted ways with guitarist Mike Sifringer. The band will now be moving forward with new guitarist Martin Furia. Furia made his first recorded appearance with the group on their new song “State Of Apathy.” You can find a video for that track below:

Frontman Schmier said the following:

“The last two years have been testing times for all of us. We are all sad to announce that Mike has left Destruction. It all was a shock and hit us hard but nevertheless there was never any doubt that we will continue as a band. We are a strong unit and are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Martin Furia, to the band! Our chemistry is great since Martin has been a part of the Destruction family for many years now. He is the perfect new man on the axe – the first shows have been a fucking blast!

‘State Of Apathy’ shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots’, more guitars, more in your face! This band is my life and we will always give 100% to keep the spirit alive. I hope you love the new single as much as we do – thanks for all the support! We are wishing Mike the best for his future, for us there is only one way to go THRASH TILL DEATH!”

Sifringer also commented on his departure:

“It’s hard to leave a band after 39 years. Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But sometimes you have to take decisions that hurt. I’m very sad at the moment, but if something doesn’t feel right anymore, better stop doing it. Thanx to all former bandmates. I’m very proud about the music we have created together. Cheers to all thrashers out there. Without your support and your passion, Destruction would not exist. Peace.”

Furia added:

“The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions. I’m extremely proud to be part of this legendary band since 2016 as sound technician and tour manager, I’ve been all over the world with the Destruction family and they have always treated me like another member of the band.

I’m sad to see Mike go because I love him and respect him as a person and guitarist, but when I was asked if I would like to be the new guitarist of Destruction I didn’t hesitate for a second. I feel ready to honor Mike’s legacy, to add my own touch and I will give my best to keep the flame of Destruction burning strong forever, with deep respect and devotion for the past and with full energy and commitment for the future. THRASH TILL DEATH!“

Destruction Frontman Schmier Says Guitarist Mike Sifringer Has “Disconnected From The Band”

It appears Destruction guitarist Mike Sifringer may have exited the group. During a recent interview with Metal Pilgrim, frontman Schmier revealed that Sifringer has “disconnected from the band” and that he will not be featured on their upcoming album.

Schmier said the following when asked about Sifringer’s status with the group:

“I would like to know myself too. It’s a very difficult question because he disconnected from the band some months ago already. It means we went to the studio and recorded a new album, and he just didn’t come. We did demo sessions, writing new songs, and he didn’t come to write songs with us. After I tried to face him with the problems, he disappeared and he kind of disconnected with us. There’s definitely some deeper problems I don’t know yet. We’ll still give him a little time — till the 19th [of August], till we have the press release.

We recorded a new album. We wrote new songs. And we will also have a special surprise on the 19th for the fans.

Of course, we’re not gonna stop. Mike is a founding member, and he was always important for the band, but if he doesn’t wanna do this anymore, I cannot help him. And I also cannot look behind the curtain. Nobody can be forced to do what you wanna do.

For me, it’s disappointing in one way. It’s also shocking. But I’ve been in this business for too long. I know those things can happen. I always told him we’re not gonna close the door on him. It’s his decision. And we’ll see what happens.

For me now, I have to survive. I have to keep the band alive. We had some really difficult moments keeping the band together, finding a new label also — we switched from Nuclear Blast to Napalm Records also. We had to finish the live album also, even knowing that Mike might be leaving us after the release. So it wasn’t easy for us. But I’m trying to focus now on the future of the band. And I’m happy we have a great team around us. We have a great team in the band. And we’re all good friends. And what happens to Mike, it’s in his own hands, basically. So, hopefully, in two weeks we’re gonna have a press release with an announcement that exactly shows what’s gonna be it for him, at least. Because the band will continue nevertheless.

Some people said, ‘Destruction is nothing without Mike Sifringer,’ which is understandable. But I’m the main songwriter in the band. I wrote all the Destruction songs. Mike wrote with me sometimes; a lot of stuff I wrote myself. Even though I’m not a guitar player, but I’m the main songwriter in the band. Not all the fans know this. But the band will continue nevertheless. And we’re not gonna change our sound, we’re not gonna change our style. I just hope the fans are gonna give us a chance and see that we’re not there to die yet.”

Schmier also added that this news didn’t happen overnight:

“Some fans came to me and said over the last years, ‘What’s wrong with Mike? He looks unhealthy.’ I tried to communicate this with him, [about] his lifestyle. It’s always a lifestyle thing.

Some people like to live healthy, do sports, [stay] clean — no drugs, no alcohol, or have at least kind of a regulated life. And some other people like to… They don’t give a fuck about the way they treat their body. And it’s kind of obvious, if you look at Mike’s health the last years, he didn’t wanna change his lifestyle. Drinking and smoking and whatever comes in, when you get older, you’ve gotta change something.

I’m not a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, but I think their way of doing it till they’re old… I have so much respect for this. Because one day in your life, you’ve gotta cut down all that shit. You’ve gotta cut down the drugs and the fucking drinking and the hangovers every day, because you wanna perform for your fans on a high level. And it’s only possible when you have some discipline.

When we were 17, music was fun and was a hobby and it was great to party. We didn’t have sleep, we didn’t care because we could still perform. But when you get older, you need to be on top of the shit and you need to watch yourself. That’s something that I had a different vision than Mike. And that’s all I can say about this.

He’s his own person. He can do whatever he wants. And if he wants to live his life this way, it’s his call.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Destruction To Release New Album in 2022

During an interview with Janne Vuorela, Destruction’s Schmier revealed that the band are planning to release a new album in 2022. The effort’s first single is expected to be released on August 19.

Schmier said the following:

“For a long time, I wasn’t ready. And last year, I didn’t even try to think about a new album. But then the beginning of this year, I was kind of motivated. After the livestream, basically, I sat down and started writing new stuff. And then in February, we started to do the first demos and everything. And we’ve [been] going to the studio ever since now. At this moment right now, I’m gonna go to the studio tomorrow again to do the final mixes. So the new album will be done this summer — like, at the of August, the mixes are done. And we will also release a new single very soon. But the album is coming the beginning of next year. Our label said right away, this year there’s no more space for a new album; there’s so many other bands coming [out with new releases] this year. Everybody pushed back [their releases]. But we will release some singles this year, so the fans will know a new album is coming soon. We have written a lot of great songs, I think, and the first one will be out in about two or three weeks — on the 19th of [August].”

He continued when asked if it’s difficult to plan an album release during a pandemic:

“The problem is that when you can’t tour, [releasing] a new album is kind of not very good. Because you wanna present the new songs to the fans, you wanna play them live. With ‘Born To Perish’, we could only do two European tours, and that’s it. We couldn’t go to the [United] States, to Asia, to South America, where we have the most fans. So it feels kind of weird. The next tour, we have to basically show two albums to the crowd — it’s not just one; it’s two albums we haven’t presented yet.

For me, once I was in the studio again, writing with the guys new songs [and] recording, it felt like being a musician again — something that we were missing the whole last year when the pandemic was at full force and we started getting depressed about the future. And this year felt different. And I think the new album really had a big part of it for me, that I could feel it. We have to move on. You have to think positive, move forward. And it was good. So the new album really helped me through the pandemic. And now we’re gonna have some first shows also. We already had the first festival, and we’re gonna play six more now in August. Of course, you’ve gotta expect the unexpected, but on the other side, you’re trying to stay positive and look into the future. We know that there’s not gonna be real tours before next year. This year will be spontaneous gigs. We’ll try to play as much as possible. But we don’t expect full tours to happen this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Destruction To Release “Live Attack” Blu-Ray In August

Destruction will be releasing a new live Blu-ray/CD titled “Live Attack” on August 13 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded during the band’s January livestream show at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.

“Live Attack” Track Listing:

01. “Born To Perish”
02. “Death Trap”
03. “Nailed To The Cross”
04. “Armageddonizer”
05. “Tormentor”
06. “Rotten”
07. “Mad Butcher”
08. “Reject Emotions”
09. “Thrash Till Death”
10. “Betrayal”
11. “Sign Of Fear”
12. “Damir’s Shred”
13. “Inspired By Death”
14. “Release From Agony”
15. “Life Without Sense”
16. “Antichrist”
17. “Invincible Force”
18. “Under Attack”
19. “Bestial Invasion”
20. “The Butcher Strikes Back”
21. “Curse The Gods”
22. “Total Desaster”

The group commented:

“This show at our fave club, the Z7 in Switzerland, was a really special one in the middle of this dreadful pandemic! When we recorded it as a livestream on the 1st of January, it gave us hope back and connected us with the fans worldwide! Many supporters demanded to release it in physical form, so we had to make it happen. The setlist reflects four decades of Destruction with an almost two hour best-of setlist, which includes some really rare live tracks! It was for sure a night to remember… we hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!”

A live video for “Mad Butcher” from the set can be found below. Schmier added the following about that:

“‘Mad Butcher’ is one of the first songs we ever wrote, such a classic! I still love to perform it live; it is in my DNA meanwhile, I guess! There are a lot of memories that come along with this track and the history of the band. We brought back the double-lead section from the EP version into the solo part; many fans have reacted at that during the live shows, which is really cool! But this DVD will also have some nice surprises, some songs we have not played live in decades.”

Destruction Sign Worldwide Deal With Napalm Records

Destruction have signed a new worldwide deal with Napalm Records. Schmier commented:

“Well, this decision was a long way coming! We are super excited to join the Napalm family, because I have been a fan of the label and their philosophy for a long time. I’ve followed their impressive history and great work for many years and have recommended Napalm Records to other bands and friends before. So now it was finally time for us to move on and be a part of their roster of fantastic artists. A strong and fresh partner for these crucial years of our career is an important step for us! We were using the time well to prepare new releases for our faithful fans worldwide. More news about that very soon.”

Destruction Release Mini-Documentary On Socially Distanced Concerts In Switzerland

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.

Schmier commented:

“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 Play Show In Switzerland Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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 Announce July Show In Pratteln, Switzerland

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 Share “Nailed To The Cross” Live Video From “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany”

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 Share “Curse The Gods” Live Video From “Born To Thrash – Live In Germany”

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.

Schmier commented:

“‘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!”