In the year 1986, the second full-length album of DESTRUCTION had been released, which had created a monument to themselves with the previous record "Infernal Overkill". Once again, there was offered again infernal Thrash Metal, the guitar work had been improved alike the production. The sound seems unspectacular for todays standarts, but the sawing guitars had been quite shocking that time! Songs like "Curse The Gods", "Confused Minds" or "Eternal Ban" simply belong to the best in the whole Thrash circus!
In the same year, they released the "Mad Butcher"-EP. The ingenious artwork was made from Sebastian Krüger and I instantly bought a T-shirt of it that time. On this record, the band presented a new drummer (Oliver) and a second guitar player (Harry). With an improved production, the legendary band wanted to show that they have also improved as musicians. They reached that successfully with a new version of the band hymn "Mad Butcher", a new song about groupies "Reject Emotions", the eccentric guitar solo "The Last Judgement" and a THE DAMNED cover version. This Maxi had very good sales.
But the next album "Release From Agony" was too technical and weird. The band liked bands like WATCHTOWER and this you could hear in their songwriting. Unfortunately, the fans wanted more of the straight songs by DESTRUCTION and the album developed to a failure. The ultimate wash-out was the leaving of frontman Schmier. Particularly his distinctive voice with his unblunted screams had been always the trademark of them. But I rather believe, that the band fired him. Thereafter they tried it again with the rather irrelevant "Cracked Brain" record, which is still to find in some junk shops. Then followed some EP's and an own-produced album with progressive Metal, which had nothing in common with their old Thrash days.
It's wonderful, that the band went back to their roots with their comeback record "All Hell Breaks Loose" and still produce some proper Thrash attacks! (Online September 2, 2003)