Nuclear Blast has issued that After both Christmas Metal and Heavy X-Mas Festivals, that had Germany’s thrash institution DESTRUCTION to play, had been cancelled earlier this week, the Teutonic Thrashers now announce their very own exclusive German headliner show celebrating 30 Years Of Total Destruction!
The show will take place on November 15th at Helvete Oberhausen. Supporting Destruction on that night will be Polish thrash outlet WAR-SAW and Swedish retro rockers YEAR OF THE GOAT.
Commented front destroyer Schmier: “2013 was a very busy year for Destruction, we have played the biggest festivals around the globe and we headlined in the venues and clubs of this round earth. Unfortunalty we couldn’t do this earlier, but now at the end of our 30th anniversary we are most happy to announce that there will be a Best Of 30 Years show in Germany as well. After so many years and records it is still a challenge to put up a setlist. For our headliner shows we have a special song selection and an extended concert for all of you that will blow the fans’ minds for decades to come. I love playing festivals, but thrash metal and Destruction work out best in a sweaty club! It has been a while since we have been in the Ruhr Area and we are really looking forward to the gig at Helvete!”
After taking part in this years’ Rock In Rio Festival, German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION reminisce on what will definitely stick out as a highlight of their long lasting carrier. The legendary mega event started in 1985 with top acts like QUEEN, AC/DC, THE SCORPIONS, IRON MAIDEN and many more, playing in front of 1, 3 million visitors. The following events Rock In Rio II and Rock In Rio III took place with a ten years between them – in 1991 and 2001. In 2004 the festival relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon and in an additional version in Madrid. For its tenth anniversary, Rock In Rio returned to its roots. This years’ Rock In Rio, which was again held in the Brazilian capital, saw another brilliant line-up featuring SEPULTURA, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA and of course Destruction.
Frontman Schmier commented stunned:
“The air was clearly filled with tension before our appearance at the biggest and most renowned festival of our time. In Brazil and even all of Latin America this event brings along giant media coverage, in a way I’ve never seen before. During an entire week all performances are aired live on TV, newspapers feature specials and cover stories, soda cans have special printings on them and everybody is only talking about the festival. The pride of the whole nation is focused on Rio during these nine days! Even soccer is second string for this period and we all know how important it is to Latin American countries! Even for ripped-off geezers like us there are still highlights to come and Rock In Rio festival with its fan euphoria (at the airport there were fans jumping at your every other moment) was a sensational experience. Before it we’ve already spend a week in South America getting ready and we were hot! The show, were our Brazilian buddies of KRISIUN supported us as guests, was just as insane as one imagines it to be with this kind of magnitude in Brazil. Several huge circlepits and tens of thousands of fists in the air celebrating the German thrash metal as if we had reinvented it! Total madness! When I come to look back on my carrier someday, Rock In Rio will stick out as one of its highlights. Having the people go nuts because of the event for almost a week, in a way that is only possible in Brazil: Pure joy of life and euphoria together with the ferocity of the latinos! Just terrific! Thank you Brazil for having us experience this, the craziest fans on earth definitely live in Latin America!!!”
DESTRUCTION frontman Schmier has just checked in with the following update:
Wow what a week! Brasilian shows ALL turned out bloody fuckin AMAZING, the fans here ARE pure thrash metal! The dedication here is unreal (the picture below shows a 25kg DESTRUCTION anniversary cake from Recife!)! You guys make us fuckin proud!!!
But yesterday we lost power right in the first song and I got electroshocks on the microphones – BANG!!! – show OVER! We did re-book our flights and are now using our travelday to re-schedule and play Curitiba again tonight! Let s hope the new electrician doesn t come out of the rainforest …! The Rock n Roll world is full of surprises …haha!
Just a couple of minutes ago Schmier commented to Metal Shock Finland‘s CEO Tarja Virmakari: “All shows have been really packed and wild! it was once again an amazing trip down here. the latin fans are the heart of HM!!!”
Recently Metal Shock Finland’s Tarja Virmakari had a chat with Schmier, check it outHERE.
Check out all the remaining DESTRUCTION tour dates HERE.
The first video from the album is for the song ‘Carnivore’. The clip was produced at Polish Mania Studio and sees the return of the classic character, the Mad Butcher. Check it out below:
German Thrashers DESTRUCTION are considered one of the “three kings” of the Teutonic thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator and Sodom. DESTRUCTION has been signed to Nuclear Blast since 2000. Spiritual Genocide is DESTRUCTION’s Twelfth studio album and will come out on November 23, and it will celebrate the bands 30th anniversary.
Recently (October 17) Metalshock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari had a chance to interview Destruction bassist/vocalist Schmier, discussing the past, present, the future, but of course mainly about the upcoming album “Spiritual Genocide”. Please listen to the audio interview below.