German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will celebrate "30 years of total destruction" with a special headlining show on November 15 at Helvete in Oberhausen, Germany. Support at the gig will come from Polish thrash outfit WAR-SAW and Swedish retro rockers YEAR OF THE GOAT.
Commented DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer: "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.
"Unfortunately, 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!"
DESTRUCTION's 30th-anniversary album, "Spiritual Genocide", was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Day Of Reckoning" was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas "Angelripper" Such (SODOM), Andreas "Gerre" Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the "Mad Butcher"/"Release From Agony" lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.
Asked how DESTRUCTION's sound has evolved over the years, Schmier told Metal Assault, "We were 17-18 years old when we started, and we were young and wild. We didn't play that well at the time. Of course now, we have the experience of 30 years and our playing skills are totally different, so we cannot really compare, but I still compare the style of music and it's still thrash metal. We still do it with a lot of emotion and a lot of aggression, and those things will never change. I think we even came more brutal and more aggressive with this new album as compared to the old ones, actually. [Today's] DESTRUCTION doesn't sound like an old band."