"Day Of Reckoning", the new album from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 58 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Day Of Reckoning" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 95. The CD was released in Europe on February 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The first limited edition of the album does not feature the band's logo on the booklet while the vinyl version and second pressing of the CD shows a red DESTRUCTION logo on it.
"Day Of Reckoning" is the first album to feature DESTRUCTION's new drummer Vaaver (INDUKTI, ex-UNSUN). The band stated, "Some of you may have seen him already with the band on [last] year's summer festivals. He is a studied musician (McGill University of Montreal) and is a Polish-Canadian citizen!"
Commented DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer: "The new guy behind the drumkit, the hard-hitting but well-versed, six-foot-six-inch-tall animal Vaaver took his first album with us as a challenge: no other DESTRUCTION album has the fastness, the tightness and crazy double bass and drum fills as the 'Day Of Reckoning'! That's for fuckin' sure!"
He added: "The DESTRUCTION fans can look forward to an explosive drum massacre on the upcoming record, 'Day Of Reckoning'. Vaaver delightens our sound with a unbelievable tightness, technique and speed! A true rejuvenation for the band! And most important... he fits really good on the human level — a fortunate choice! It feels great to be a real band again!"
"Day Of Reckoning" limited slipcase edition track listing:
01. The Price
02. Hate Is My Fuel
04. Devil's Advocate
05. Day Of Reckoning
06. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
08. The Demon Is God
09. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
12. Stand Up And Shout (limited-edition bonus track)
"Hate Is My Fuel", the new video from DESTRUCTION, can be viewed below. The clip was produced by Berlin, Germany's Roax Films and was filmed on December 31, 2010 at the Headbangersball Silvester Festival in Burgdorf, Switzerland.
"Day Of Reckoning" vinyl cover:
"Day Of Reckoning" limited slipcase edition cover: