German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION will release their 17th studio album, "Born To Perish", on August 9 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded in January and February 2019 with V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAIN, BURNING WITCHES, NERVOSA) at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland and is the first DESTRUCTION album to feature Randy Black on drums and second guitarist Damir Eskic.
A short teaser for the album is available below.
Randy comments: "I've recorded quite a few thrash records over the years but never have I laid down drum tracks this intense, brutal and dynamic. It will be a nice challenge indeed to play those new songs live! I am very happy I could also contribute to the songwriting of the record, as Mike and Schmier were really open for ideas!
"This album is packed with amazing songs, rippin' riffs, blistering vocals and great lead solos shared by Mike and Damir.
"To be honest, at first I was not thrilled about adding another guitar player 'cause I loved the trio, but Damir has been such a great addition, both as a player and as a person — he really is a perfect fit for DESTRUCTION!"
Adds Schmier: "This is indeed a very important album for us. There is a certain positive strength in the new lineup and it feels really great. Whoever has seen us live lately maybe will understand what I mean and for sure that has an important influence on this record.
"'Born To Perish' is more in your face; it is fast and furious, has more crazy guitars and a has a very groovy and punchy backbone with Mr. Randy Black! But for sure it features some of the best raging DESTRUCTION songs we've written in quite a while. I gotta quote what some die-hard fans lately printed on a shirt: 'DESTRUCTION 2019 — stronger than ever!' Nothing to add — fuck yeah!"
Schmier recently told France's Duke TV about the making of DESTRUCTION's upcoming album: "It's a process that took us three months — writing, recording and mixing. The new influence of the guys is there, because there's more shredding leads. Randy is a very solid, very tight player — very groovy also. You can hear that. We tried to make songs this time that are hitting on the target faster — the songs hit you right away. It's brutal, but it's very catchy. So you hear the songs the first time, right away you will remember [them]. You don't write an album like this every time. Sometimes you write songs, and after a while, you're, like, 'It's maybe too complicated,' because you wanna be an artist, you wanna express yourself. I think this time we managed to write an album that's very punchy."
Damir is a Swiss guitar player of Bosnian decent who 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 previously contributed three solos to DESTRUCTION's 2016 album "Under Attack".
DESTRUCTION previously played with two guitarists in the late 1980s (with the addition of Harry Wilkens) and then again throughout much of the 1990s (Michael "Ano" Piranio).