Review By: Timbo Jones
For the uninitiated, Destruction are a German thrash metal band that have been releasing albums since the mid 80’s with their debut ep, 1984’s Sentence Of Death. I first saw them in ’85 at the now legendary WWIII festival at Montreal’s Paladium (now a library), and haven’t seen them since ‘til this show.
The 3 opening bands played respectable sets, the most noteworthy (for me) being L.A/’s Warbringer, who played a great set of classic American styled thrash.
Then it was time for Destruction, who didn’t disappoint. From the outset, they played a great set that included a bunch of their classic tunes. Songs like Antichrist, Bestial Invasion, Life Without Sense, Mad Butcher and Curse The Gods were standouts but really, it was a full on set of solid thrash from start to finish.
They’ve come a long way since those early days. With 2 of the 3 original members, Schmier on Bass and vocals, Mike on guitar, and new drummer Vaaver (he’s been there since 2010), they take the stage over with a confidence and competence that only comes from years of playing and touring. Tight and precise, loud and fierce….freakin’ heavy! This was their 30th anniversary tour and it shows.
Do yourself a favor and don’t miss ‘em if they play anywhere even close to your town. They’ll make yer ears bleed and you’ll thank them for the privilege.
Setlist : The Butcher Strikes Back, Total Desaster, Satan’s Vengeance, Mad Butcher, Armageddonizer, Eternal Ban, Life Without Sense, Hate Is My Fuel, Thrash Till Death, Black Mass, Antichrist, Death Trap (with medley), Nailed To The Cross, Tears Of Blood – encore – Bestial Invasion, Curse The Gods, Invincible Force