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Destruction: Under Attack

Album Review

German thrash legends reclaim their mojo

German thrash pioneers Destruction have had a colourful history since they roared onto the scene in the mid-80s, carrying double their body weight in bulletbelts.

They struggled through the ultimate ‘difficult 90s’, losing charismatic frontman Schmier and ploughing along a misconceived groove metal trajectory – an era disowned after Schmier’s long-awaited return in 1999. By 2001’s The Antichrist, the band were reigniting 80s thrash for a new generation, but a string of inessential albums, culminating in 2012’s Spiritual Genocide, suggested Destruction were happy to settle into an overly familiar, middle-aged rut.

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