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]

Necrophobic Premiere New Video For “Devil’s Spawn Attack” Featuring Destruction’s Schmier

Necrophobic have premiered a new video for their new song “Devil’s Spawn Attack.“ This track features Destruction’s Schmier and it will appear on the band’s new album “Dawn Of The Damned,“ which is set to be released on October 9. The group commented:

“On our upcoming album ‘Dawn Of The Damned‘ we have a very special guest appearance by Schmier of Destruction. Earlier this year when we were working on the album, we felt that one of the songs would fit this legend just about perfectly and we are grateful he accepted our invitation! He made a fantastic contribution on our song ‘Devil’s Spawn Attack‘ and you can see and hear the result in form of a video of our collaboration.”

Jungle Rot Premiere New Song “Fearmonger” Feat. Schmier (Destruction), Reveal Details For New Album

Jungle Rot have premiered a new song titled “Fearmonger.” This track features Destruction’s Schmier and it will appear on the band’s new self-titled album (out July 20). Dave Matrise commented:

“We covered the Destruction classic ‘Invincible Force’ some years ago and Schmier told me ours is his favorite Destruction cover he has ever heard from any band. Years later we toured together and right away Schmier approached me to start singing the song with him in concert. His trademark style and my vocals worked so well together that when I began writing this new record, the idea immediately came up to have him as a guest vocalist. He loved it and was honored to be a part of it. That’s how we created ‘Fearmonger.’”

Track Listing:

01. “Send Forth Oblivion”
02. “Delusional Denial”
03. “A Burning Cinder”
04. “Triggered”
05. “Fearmonger” (feat. Schmier)
06. “Stay Dead”
07. “Glory For The Fallen”
08. “Pumped Full Of Lead”
09. “Twisted Mind”
10. “Terrible Certainty” (Kreator cover)

Liv Sin (Sister Sin) Premieres New Song “Killing Ourselves To Live” Feat. Schmier (Destruction)

Liv “Sin” Jagrell (Sister Sin) has premiered a new song titled “Killing Ourselves To Live” feat. Schmier (Destruction). This song is from her new album “Follow Me,” which will be released on April 28.