Destruction Re-Sign With Nuclear Blast

Destruction have announced that they have re-signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are planning to release their new album through the label later this year.

Schmier commented:

“Somehow this came by surprise and I know that sounds weird but we were so focused and excited about finishing the new album, that the paperwork did not really matter to us at that time! When we did realize that our contract with the label is due, it took us only some minutes to negotiate a new deal!

We are a part of the NUCLEAR BLAST family now since more than 15 years, we feel at home here, we trust each other in this monkey business and also many people that work for the label we call our friends.

So this re-signing is something that came very easy and natural. Working with the best label in METAL is still an honor cause they supported us thru the good and the bad times!
DESTRUCTION 2019 are stronger than ever, the new line up is killing & we will have more news about the upcoming record very soon – please stay tuned dear metalheads!”

Nuclear Blast Head-Of-A&R Andy Siry added:

“We are really happy and proud, that the almighty Destruction re-sign with Nuclear Blast. It is a honour for us to work with these guys. The whole band became very good friends over the years. So we are looking forward to release the upcoming new thrash metal classic – stay tuned!”


Destruction Recruit Second Guitarist Damir Eskic

Destruction have welcomed Damir Eskic (Gomorra) to the band as their second guitarist. Eskic previously contributed three solos to the group’s 2016 album “Under Attack.”

Frontman Schmier commented:

“Yes — we finally did it again!

For many years we’ve been talking about this, but we needed the right guy! Damir Eskic is now that dude! He is a super-skilled player and also a good friend of the band. He will surely make some jaws drop and pay tribute to the history of Destruction, as he is also a fan of our music!

To be a trio was a special thing for us that we did with pride for many years but also Destruction had a period where we were a four-piece with a second guitar. Now it was the right time to get that option back!

We know there are many fans out there that have been waiting a long time for this.

We have composed and recorded the whole new album with two guitars and, of course, this will make us an even more intense live act and give us the chance to play songs again that we’ve not been able to play for many years… Exciting times ahead!

Let’s call this a reinvention!

With Randy Black on the drums and Damir Eskic on the lead guitar, we have the fresh blood in the band that is sometimes needed to reach new goals, it will keep the thrash machine strong and ready for new adventures!

See you all on the road soon. The new record is coming on August 8th via Nuclear Blast!”

Eskic added:

“I am, of course, very happy to be a part of this thrash metal family and to join one of the best bands of the genre.

To record three guest solos on the ‘Under Attack’ album was already a big deal for me, now some years later, we’ve become close friends and I am really excited to be a part of this!

I am looking forward to meeting the fans all over the globe and to thrash the stage with the boys!”

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!”

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.