Destruction Officially Welcome Drummer Randy Black To The Band

Destruction have officially welcomed Randy Black (ex-Annihilator, etc.) to the band as their new drummer. He is taking over following the departure of Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz.

Bassist/vocalist Schmier said the following:

“Many years ago, when Randy was still with Primal Fear and we were looking for a drummer, it was the first time we talked about Destruction’s open drummer seat. But we did not wanna approach them at that time because of his obligation with good friends. Some years later he filled in for Vaaver on the American tour with Sepultura because Vaaver became a father again at that time. So it was obvious for me to pass the baton to Randy first this time. And he blew us all away with his tight, groovy and over-the-top drumming. He’s also a very cool Canadian lad that lives in Germany for many years now — so it was a perfect match right away! Hell-come on board buddy!”

Guitarist Mike added:

“It’s surely not easy to replace an outstanding drummer like Vaaver! But the show must go on, and Randy kicks in like a motherfucker… solid, groovy, heavy, humble…. He’s on fire! Get prepared, my friends…”

Black also commented:

“After a recent successful tour of Asia, Australia and a handful of great festival shows, I’m very happy to announce my position as the new drummer for the thrash metal legends Destruction!

35 years running! Try to wrap your head around that!

I’m looking forward to continuing the Destruction legacy together with Schmier and Mike, including plans of recording a kick-ass new CD and touring the planet. I’m chomping at the bit to get out there and thrash for all you crazy metalheads on the road soon!”

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Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz Comments On His Departure From Destruction

It was previously confirmed that Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz would be exiting Destruction this March due to “family reasons.” Now the drummer has officially commented on his departure.

Here’s Vaaver’s statement:

“It is never easy to make hard decisions. It is time for me to part ways with DESTRUCTION – the band that has hosted me for nearly a decade; my brothers, my best buddies. Above all, these guys are great musicians that I have enjoyed countless performances with. 8 years with DESTRUCTION means more than words can describe. We shared the stage more than 500 times, travelled to the moon and back at least twice! It is time to drift my career towards more calm waters which surround my family. At the same time, DESTRUCTION needs to explore new exciting and challenging stages of their career. I would like to thank Schmier and Mike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of DESTRUCTION. I tried my best to enhance the band’s sound and groove with my skills. I could see the fans’ reactions around the world that came to the gigs and the signing sessions with tears in their eyes…just happy to see the band they had listened to since the beginning of the 80’s. It has been a truly unforgettable experience! I wish you guys all the best. I know you will find the right replacement with the skills and dedication that you deserve for your incredible band. I am not quitting my profession either. It is just a change in life that we all sometimes go through and have to adjust to new circumstances. Hope we meet again one day or night on your rough DESTRUCTION seas! Thank you Schmier and Mike…!”

Schmier added:

“There is not much more to add in this moment of sorrow. We all know it really sucks to separate with people you cherish for reasons beyond control. So ‘family first’ is something we all have to accept. Vaaver was not just the best drummer we ever had and I don’t wanna diminish the dignity of any of our old drummers here, but he also was a killer dude and a great friend. So yes, this really hurts…of course he will stay a part of our clan and the big DESTRUCTION family! Cheers for all those fantastic years, our paths will definitely cross again and all the best for your future Vaavski!”

Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz To Exit Destruction

It has been confirmed that Wawrzyniec “Vaaver” Dramowicz will be exiting Destruction this March. The drummer has decided to leave due to “family reasons.”

Schmier commented:

“It is an odd and sad headline at the same time Our drummer Vaaver will leave us because of family reasons this March.

After eight years this is bad news but we are still friends and wish him and his family all the best! He will release a statement ASAP!

Most important: ALL shows will go ahead. Vaaver will play with us till this March. So give him a nice goodbye please!

Mr. Randy Black, who already replaced him on his baby-break, will step in for the shows after March, until we decide who will be his worthy successor.

Now we have almost beaten SPINAL TAP right?

Good thing – no farewell tour yet! 😛 UNITED WE STAND, cheers for all the years Vaaver!”

Destruction Premiere New Video For “United By Hatred” From “Thrash Anthems II”

Destruction released an album of re-recorded classics, titled “Thrash Anthems II” yesterday (November 10), and have now shared a new video for “United By Hatred” from the effort. The clip features footage covering 30 years of the band.

Destruction To Release “Thrash Anthems II” In November

Destruction will be releasing an album of re-recorded classics titled “Thrash Anthems II” on November 10. You can check out the cover art and track listing for that below:

“Thrash Anthems II” Track Listing:

01. “Confused Mind”
02. “Black Mass”
03. “Frontbeast”
04. “Dissatisfied Existence”
05. “United By Hatred”
06. “The Ritual”
07. “Black Death”
08. “The Antichrist”
09. “Confound Games”
10. “Ripping You Off Blind”
11. “Satan’s Vengeance”
12. “Holiday in Cambodia” (Dead Kennedys cover) (bonus track)

Schmier commented:

“As it is a part of our past to relaunch classic songs from our history with a fresh face and we had many demands on a ‘Thrash Anthems’ continuation, we decided to do a second part of this re-animation of classic ’80s Destruction material.

For us, it was important to choose the tracks with the fans and first when Nuclear Blast did not wanna do the album, we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the fonds for the production together with the diehards.

To make a long story short, we know not everybody will like these new versions of those thrash evergreens (just listen to the originals then) but it was an important task for us to keep them alive for a whole new generation of metalheads that love those fresh and brutal new recordings.

We are very happy now that our label is finally releasing this collection of thrash classics. The vibe on this record is so vicious, non-commercial and has this ’80s feeling with a even more aggressive edge, and that is was made our thrash so special, in the good old days and now!”

Destruction Announce 2017 North American Tour With Jungle Rot, Warbringer, Hellbender, & Demons Within

Destruction have announced a North American tour with Jungle Rot and Warbringer. Hellbender and Demons Within will also appear on select dates.

Tour Dates:

05/22 Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House (with Hellbender)
05/23 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (with Hellbender)
05/24 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven (with Hellbender)
05/26 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre (with Hellbender)
05/27 Kansas City, MO – Aftershock (with Demons Within)
05/28 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s (with Demons Within)
05/29 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s (with Demons Within)
05/30 Toronto, ON – Mod Club (with Demons Within)
05/31 Montreal, QC – Astral (with Demons Within)
06/01 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (with Demons Within)
06/02 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall (with Demons Within)
06/03 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater (with Demons Within)
06/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (with Demons Within)
06/05 Orlando, FL – Haven Lounge (with Demons Within)
06/07 Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall (with Hellbender)
06/08 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill (with Hellbender)
06/09 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (with Hellbender)
06/10 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto (with Hellbender)
06/11 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater (with Hellbender)