Destruction was formed as “Knight of Demon” in Lörrach, Germany in 1982. The original line-up featured vocalist and bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer, drummer Tommy Sandmann, and guitarist Mike Sifinger. They soon changed their name to “Destruction” and released a demo titled Bestial Invasion of Hell in 1984. After this the group signed with Steamhammer Records and released an EP titled Sentence Of Death later that year.
Destruction released their first full-length album titled Infernal Overkill in 1985, followed by Eternal Devastation in 1986. The trio then added a second guitarist, Harry Wilkens and released the EP Mad Butcher in 1987, followed by the full length album Release from Agony in 1988, then a live recording Live Without Sense in 1989 and Cracked Brain in 1990. In 1989, Schmier was asked to leave the band due to creative differences and the group underwent a period of commercial deterioration. During the grunge explosion during the early to mid 1990s, the band lost their record label support and had to self-release and produce their own albums.
In 1999, Schmier rejoined and things began to look up for the band as they signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast. They then released three more albums; All Hell Breaks Loose in 2000, The Antichrist in 2001, and Metal Discharge in 2003. The band would then sign with AFM Records and release Inventor of Evil in 2005. The band’s latest album, D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., was released in August 2008. In early 2009 Destruction is scheduled to tour around North America.
In an era when vintage metal t-shirts are in vogue and bands worshiping at the altar of every crossover band that released a demo or EP in the ’80s are crawling out of the woodwork, LA thrashers WARBRINGER are cauterizing the competition with a sound that recalls all the classics without being derivative. Never before has the evil, no-holds barred sound of Baloff-era Exodus, Slayer’s Hell Awaits, and Kreator’s Pleasure to Kill been revived and revitalized for the 21st century in such a strikingly inspired and pure fashion. After recording their self-released EP to unanimous rave reviews, appearing on the Speed Kills¦Again! compilation, playing to thrash-starved crowds across the west coast and attracting serious label interest, they’re ready to take the next step with their full-length debut courtesy of their new home worldwide, Century Media Records.
Vocalist John Kevill states: “Before we even had this band we all had bought a bunch of metal albums released on CM, so for us to be on this label that has had all these bands we like on it is just awesome!”
When pressed about the band’s sound, Kevill had the following to say: “We try to keep our songs very compact and tend not have a ton of repetition. Thrash-wise, our primary influence is stuff like mid-era Sacrifice, early Slayer, Demolition Hammer, and Kreator. Heavy and fast! We often have an old-school death metal undertone to our music as well.” Check out the band’s MySpace page.
Coinciding with a national tour in January with Exodus, the band will see the release of their currently untitled debut album. With an even stronger lineup than the EP reflects, the band is already excited about its release. Bill Metoyer, who helped shape legendary albums from the likes of Slayer, D.R.I., Sacred Reich, Hirax, Corrosion of Conformity, Trouble and Flotsam and Jetsam, is now in the studio with Kevill, John Laux (guitar), Adam Carroll (guitar), Andy Laux (bass) and Ryan Bates (drums) producing one of the most vicious debuts that will have longtime metal fans reminiscing and allow younger fans who missed out on the original magic to experience a band that they can call their own.
“Working with Bill has been excellent,”Kevill states. “He completely gets the kind of sound we are going for. He’s an easy guy to work with and has a lot of good input on how to make things sound right. The album has been coming along at a very nice, steady pace and we think it’s sounding great so far.”
While WARBRINGER has built a rabid local fan base playing with others in the LA thrash revival scene, they’re set to join Exodus, Arsis and Goatwhore on a national tour in January. Having already completed a west coast tour with Daath and several shows with Exodus, these young thrash warriors (4 out of the 5 aren’t even legal drinking age) are prepared to bring their definitive brand of violent combat thrash to audiences nationwide. “We’ve been a lot more confident about our live show recently,”Kevill says. “We can’t wait to take it on the road!”
ABOUT JUNGLE ROT–
The Midwest based quartet JUNGLE ROT have garnered a large and loyal following within the last 10 years due in large part to having a style more similar to acts such as Slayer and Sodom, rather than the typical Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation rip-offs that the underground extreme music scene is so oversaturated with. The sound and attitude that JUNGLE ROT have exposed the public to is one of efficiency and execution. JUNGLE ROT have never tried to be the goriest or most technical band in the extreme underground, but instead have focused on flowing grooves and infectious, catchy songwriting.
In 1995, JUNGLE ROT released their first full-length demo/album, “Skin The Living”, to rave reviews. This, coupled with the bands explosive live performances, led to a recording deal in 1998 with Pulverizer Records. They immediately released their second full-length album, “Slaughter The Weak”, which helped them garner a rabid underground following. After enjoying promising and successful sales from the record, JUNGLE ROT was let down when Pulverizer Records closed it’s doors. At this time, independent label Pavement Records stepped up and re-released “Slaughter The Weak” for the band.
Proving that they were one of the hardest working bands in the underground scene, JUNGLE ROT survived numerous lineup changes, kept playing shows and wrote new material. Some of this material, along with some classic choice cover songs, was recorded for the EP entitled “Darkness Foretold”, released by cult magazine/label SOD. JUNGLE ROT’s relentless touring and aggressive self-promotion caught the attention of Olympic Recordings, who quickly offered them a deal. Their third album, “Dead And Buried”, further showed what this dynamic unit have to offer and exposed them to a larger, broader audience.
In 2004 came the release of JUNGLE ROT’s 4th album, “Fueled by Hate”, on Century Media/Olympic Recordings. Probably their strongest effort yet, this album should be no disappointment to any real metal fan. The year 2005 sees the band celebrating their 10 year anniversary with even more member changes and consistent touring including their first trek overseas to slaughter European audiences.
JUNGLE ROT released “War Zone”, in June 2006 on Crash Music and embarked on a tour shortly following the release. Staying with the formula of memorable songs and catchy grooves, while still having the heaviness to live up to and exceed the current requirements for extreme music, JUNGLE ROT continued its legacy of uncompromising and straightforward aggression for years to come, which finally earned them a new recording deal with the Austrian label Napalm Records in late 2008.
Like a thundering battle tank the Americans JUNGLE ROT move into position at the front lines to bring their latest weapon into action. “What Horrors Await” consists of a commando troop of intense grooves, killer double bass, and brutally deep growls, which sound-off incomparably over the roaring of the combat action. Threatening and with a never-before heard intensity, the guitar riffs, not unlike deadly fusillades, provide the listener with barely enough time to take cover from the impending inferno. One thing is for sure, metal veterans and new recruits will fall in without batting an eye, as “What Horror Awaits” delivers crushing old school death metal, leaving nothing but a blood-soaked battlefield in its wake.
Hard Core Band out of Sonoma County, bringing back old school sounds and riffs!