Destruction Recruits New Guitarist Damir Eskic; Reveals New Album Release Date

Today, German thrash-legends Destruction are proud to welcome Damir Eskic as their second guitarist alongside Mike. Damir is a Swiss guitar player with Bosnian decent and works as a guitar teacher, himself being a former pupil of Tommy Vetterli (Coroner). He also plays in a Heavy Metal band called Gomorra and already contributed to 3 solos of Destruction’s 2016 album “Under attack”.

The band prepared a short video clip, in which they properly introduce their new member. You can check it out below.

Frontman Schmier comments:
“Yes – we finally did it again!

“For many years we’ve been talking about this but we needed the RIGHT guy! Damir Eskic is now that dude! He is a super-skilled player and also a good friend of the band. He will surely make some jaws drop and pay tribute to the history of Destruction as he is also a fan of our music!
To be a trio, was a special thing for us, that we did with pride for many years but also Destruction had a period where we were a four piece with a second guitar. Now it was the RIGHT time to get that option back! We know there are many fans out there that have been waiting a long time for this.

“We have composed and recorded the whole new album with two guitars and of course this will make us an even more intense live act and give us the chance to play songs again that we’ve not been able to play for many years…exciting times ahead! Let’s call this a reinvention!

“With Randy Black on the drums and Damir Eskic on the lead guitar, we have the fresh blood in the band that is sometimes needed to reach new goals, it will keep the THRASHMACHINE strong and ready for new adventures!

“See you all on the road soon – the new record is coming on August 8th via Nuclear Blast!”

Damir adds:
“I am of course very happy to be a part of this Thrash Metal family and to join one of the best bands of the genre. To record three guest solos on the
Under Attack’ album was already a big deal for me, now some years later, we’ve become close friends and I am really excited to be a part of this! I am looking forward to meeting the fans all over the globe and to thrash the stage with the boys!”

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Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Recruits Former Cattle Decapitation Bassist Derek Engemann

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals are pleased to welcome former Cattle Decapitation bassist/current Scour guitarist Derek Engemann to the lineup.

Engemann – who takes the place of bass comrade Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force, Vaginal Bear Trap etc.) – will make his live debut with The Illegals beginning next week on the band’s Latin American tour where they’ll be performing Illegals tracks alongside a selection of Pantera hits.

Comments Anselmo of the new addition, “Derek is a brother; he’s solid, driven, and talented. It’s awesome to have him onboard and I look forward to jamming and writing with him. We’re lucky to have him.”

Adds Engemann, “I’m very excited to share the stage with mi hermanos in The Illegals! It’s also truly an honour to pay such a great tribute to Dime and Vinnie!”

In March, the band will make their way to Australia and New Zealand on the Thrash Blast Grind tour with Australian grind practitioners and Housecore Records labelmates King Parrot. The journey marks Anselmo’s first visit to Australia in over five years and includes a headlining set at Slayfest in Perth March 23rd. Additional support will be provided by Palm (Japan) and Potion (Australia).

The summer months will find Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals playing a host of European festivals including Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, Hellfest in France, and Metaldays in Slovenia, with more performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

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Onslaught: 70000 Tons Of Metal Crew Joins “Set List By Request” Poll Campaign

As previously announced, UK Thrash Legends ONSLAUGHT will play 70000 Tons Of Metal 2019, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, taking place on January 31 – February 4, in Florida – Haiti – Florida! The band launched the “70000 Tons of Metal ONSLAUGHT set list by Request” poll via FB, HERE.

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Artillery Reveals New Album, “The Face Of Fear” Details, Posts Music Video Online

November 16th will see Artillery release their new album, “The Face Of Fear” – which is the successor to 2016’s “Penalty By Perception.” “The Face Of Fear” is the band’s 9th studio album, and the third with the current lineup. For a preview of the record, a video for the title track can be viewed below.

“The Face Of Fear” can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

– ltd. Digipak-CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
– 180 g black vinyl
– opaque grey blue marbeld vinyl (ltd. 300 – EU-exclusive)
– golden yellow blue marbled vinyl (ltd. 200 – EU-exclusive)
– blue green / white splattered vinyl (ltd. 100 – EMP-exclusive)
– blue/black marbled vinyl (ltd. 300 – US-exclusive)

The lyrics are Artillery as you know them, with subjects concerning the destruction of mankind, double standards, abuse and the looming worst-case scenarios. The Face Of Fear was recorded with long-time producer Soren Andersen at Medley Studios. It’s Soren’s fifth time at the helm, and once again he manages to deliver a monster production.

Soren comments: “Pure and raw! Some of the material of this album was originally written in the early 80’s, and that inspired us to go old school this time. Not too many layers, just classic Artillery thrash metal…And Bastholm is better than ever on this one. This is a no-filler album, created together with the band. I’m really proud of the final result and I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I do!”

Artillery comments about the video for “The Face Of Fear”: “Most of the scenes for the video were shot at Amager strand park right outside of Copenhagen. And the live scenes go back to when the band visited Japan and played at the Thrash Dominations together with Exodus, Voivod and Sanctuary. The video was shot by the band’s good friend Terkel Christensen, who also did the video ‘When The Magic is Gone’, from the last album, Penalty By Perception. The song is about dealing the end of man by himself. We create our own phobia about the destruction of the world, but remain disrespectful to the globe.”

The Face Of Fear tracklisting:

1. The Face Of Fear
2. Crossroads To Conspiracy
3. New Rage
4. Sworn Utopia
5. Through The Ages Of Atrocity
6. Thirst For The Worst
7. Pain
8. Under Water (instumental)
9. Preaching To The Converted
10. Mind Of No Return (ltd. 1st ed. bonus track / re-recorded song from Artillery‘s first demo from 1982)
11. Doctor Evil (ltd. 1st ed. bonus track / 2018 version)

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Destruction Reveals New Drummer Randy Black

German thrash metal legends Destruction are pleased to officially welcome Randy Black (Annihilator, Primal Fear) into the fold, after a gruelling probation that involved extensive touring with many shows around the globe.

Randy will make his official debut as the band’s new drummer at Wacken-Open-Air on August 3rd, 2018.

Mastermind Schmier states:
“Many years ago, when Randy was still with Primal Fear and we were looking for a drummer, it was the first time we talked about Destructions open drummer seat. But we did not wanna approach them at that time because of his obligation with good friends. Some years later he filled in for Vaaver on the American Tour with Sepultura because Vaaver became a father again at that time. So it was obvious for me, to pass the baton to Randy first this time. And he blew us all away with his tight, groovy and over the top drumming. He’s also a very cool Canadian lad that lives in Germany for many years now – so it was a perfect match right away! Hell-come on board buddy!”

Guitar player Mike adds:
“It’s surely not easy to replace an outstanding drummer like VAAVER !!!
But the Show must go on, and RANDY kicks in like a motherfucker…
Solid , groovy, heavy, humble….He´s on fire!!!

“Get prepared my friends …”

And the new Destruction drummer Randy commented:
“After a recent successful tour of Asia, Australia and a handful of great festival shows I’m very happy to announce my position as the new drummer for the Thrash Metal Legends DESTRUCTION!
35 years running! Try to wrap your head around that!
I’m looking forward to continuing the Destruction legacy together with Schmier and Mike including plans of recording a kick ass new CD and touring the planet.

“I‘m chomping at the bit to get out there and Thrash for all you crazy Metal heads on the road soon!“

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Centripetal Force: New Lyric Video Online

Italian technical Thrashers Centripetal Force, who are about to release their debut EP “Eidetic” next 20th of December through Xtreem Music, have launched a lyric-video of one of the songs, streaming below.

The musical style of Centripetal Force is a twisted, technical and progressive Thrash Metal in the vein of bands like Watchtower, old Cynic, Mekong Delta etc. Release date for “Eidetic” will be December 20th, 2017 through Xtreem Music on CD format.

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MEGADETH KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ON JUNE 23, 2017 Special Guests Include Meshuggah, TesseracT and Lillake

GRAMMY® Award winning Thrash Metal pioneers MEGADETH have announced the details for the 2017 leg of their North American Tour, which kicks off on June 23 in Big Flats, NY. This headlining tour will take them across the U.S as well as Canada. Tickets for the North American Tour go on sale beginning April 21?check […]

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MEGADETH KICKS OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ON JUNE 23, 2017 Special Guests Include Meshuggah, TesseracT and Lillake

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FINAL DRIVE ANNOUNCES final 2016 dates

This One Is For The Metal Family Tour 2016 Final Drive is a Southern Groove Thrash Metal band from St. Louis, Missouri on tour sure to be melting faces in the Midwest! If you dig Slayer, Clutch, Pantera and AC/DC then be prepared for a Merry Metal  Treat. Final Drive is: Nathan Easter- Guitar, Jordan […]

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FINAL DRIVE ANNOUNCES final 2016 dates

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Terrifier Signs With Test Your Metal Records

Test Your Metal Records is proud to announce the signing of Vancouver, BC thrash group Terrifier for the release of next album “Weapons of Thrash Destruction,” set to be released in January of 2017.

This release will be the follow-up to previously unleashed “Metal or Death” EP from 2013 and 2012’s “Destroyers of the Faith” album. Test Your Metal founder Grant Truesdell comments:

“Get ready for some of the best thrash metal and virtuoso shredding I’ve heard in a long time! Terrifier are paving the way for the ‘New Wave of Thrash Destruction’. Be prepared for some in your face, balls to the wall thrash metal!!”

1. Reanimator (5:24)
2. Deceiver (5:15)
3. Nuclear Demolisher (4:26)
4. Violent Reprisal (4:17)
5. Skitzoid Embolism (4:08)
6. Drunk as Fuck (4:12)
7. Bestial Tyranny (6:13)
8. Riders of Doom (1:40)
9. Sect of the Serpent (6:44)

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Condition Critical Posts “Intravenous Mutilation” Music Video

Condition Critical has a new music video out now for “Intravenous Mutilation,” which is the third track off the thrash band’s sophomore album “Extermination Plan.” You can get your own copy here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Interminable Surgery
2. Fatal Incision
3. Intravenous Mutilation
4. Voluntary Disfigurement
5. Extermination Plan
6. Ostracized
7. Vindictive Hostility
8. Genocidal Void

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