San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have replaced DESTRÖYER 666 as the main support act on DESTRUCTION's upcoming North American headlining tour. DESTRÖYER 666 is unable to travel due to guitarist/vocalist Keith's (a.k.a. K.K. Warslut) upcoming surgery for a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
Commented DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer: "DESTRUCTION wishes Keith a safe and quick recovery! In the meantime, we are really happy to announce their old friends HEATHEN as a replacement for DESTRÖYER 666! These Bay Area thrashers are one of my favorite thrash bands of all time and we will be sharing the European stages with them in some weeks on the 'Killfest' tour. It's fantastic to have an opportunity to tour with old friends on both sides of the globe! German and Bay Area thrash together on tour — how much more kick-ass can it get?! I can't wait to hit the road again now. Hope to see you all out there!"
Also appearing on the bill is WARBEAST, the Texas thrash band featuring RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt, GAMMACIDE guitarist Scott Shelby, GAMMACIDE/DEVILFIST bassist Alan Bovee and DEMONSEED drummer Joe Gonzalez.
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DESTRUCTION's new album, "Day Of Reckoning", will be released on February 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The first limited edition of the album will not feature the band's logo on the booklet while the vinyl version and second pressing of the CD will show 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!"
HEATHEN played its first show with returning bassist Jason VieBrooks on February 4 at Madhouse in San Francisco, California.
VieBrooks is filling in for regular HEATHEN bassist Jon Torres, who was forced to sit out the San Francisco show and the upcoming European tour with OVERKILL and DESTRUCTION in order "to focus on his health."
HEATHEN's lineup for the upcoming tour will be as follows:
David White - Vocals
Lee Altus - Guitar
Kragen Lum - Guitar
Jason VieBrooks - Bass
Darren Minter - Drums
HEATHEN's latest album, "The Evolution Of Chaos", was released in the U.S. on February 16, 2010. The CD was issued in Japan on December 23, 2009 via King Records and was made available on January 25 in Europe via Holland's Mascot Records.