I think we actually formed in 1983. The first real album came out in 1984. We've had 20 years of Destruction this year actually. Scary.
Long live Destruction. Why did you guys always keep it as a trio and didn't have the regular four or five man lineup?
We had a four piece for a while but I think the problem is the more people you have the more difficult it gets to defend your style. To write the songs in a way you like them. An example is as a singer for me. I think it's good to get people involved in helping you out with song writing but if it's too many it's getting messed up. We had the four piece for a while and it caused a lot of problems. When we came back a couple of years ago, we said no way. No additional guitar player, two song writers, and that's it.
At the time you put out The Antichrist, the lineup consisted of you, Mike, and Sven.
Sven was the former drummer. He left two years ago. We actually have a new drummer. His name is Marc. Sven our former drummer toured on the first tour in the States with us. He also played on The Antichrist and All Hell Breaks Loose but he was getting burned out pretty fast and he was getting tour fatigue. Not everybody is meant to be out on the road all the time so I guess he was just another rock thrashed guy.
You left the band after Cracked Brain.
Yeah, it was in between the recording process actually. We'd been recording. We started recording and then we found out that we had a lot of different opinions. They actually kicked me out at this time and the album came out in 1989 or 1990.
What did you do while you were on hiatus?
I did a couple of albums with a band called Headhunter. They've never been released in the States though. It's a German label and the '90s were not the perfect years to release some kinds of power metal thrash stuff so it's been a little bit difficult to distribute at this time. I did three bands actually with the band at that time. It got released all over in Japan and Europe but not in the States. I didn't stop playing music after all that was going on.
The last album was The Antichrist. Tell me about Metal Discharge.
We basically tried to be a little more back to our roots. It's not that we're stuck in the '80s. The way we produced the album was less computerized. We didn't use any Pro-Tools computer system or any triggered drums. It's just all natural sounds which was an important thing for us to try because the last two albums are cool but at some points too clinical sometimes. The other thing is we're having a little more dynamic parts this time. It's still a very fast and aggressive album but it also has heavy parts at times. I think that's basically the major changes. I think it's also really cool. I'm very happy. I think because we didn't use any computers at the time, it sounds very natural which I really like.
Do you feel that people rely a little too much these days on Pro-Tools and computer programs like that?
They do, yeah. A friend of mine has a studio and he tells me always about the problems he has with people that can't really play and come to the studio. You can Pro-Tools the drums and then the drummer sounds like God but I think it's a good thing of course to try the process one time. On the other hand you should concentrate on the musical side first and a lot of the production these days are using the same kind of snare sounds, bass sounds, and guitar sounds. It's not very original anymore I think. It's a matter of taste of course. Of course I like some of that stuff but it's pretty boring if everybody is trying to do the same thing.
You can take a band that's fairly mediocre, use Pro-Tools, and make them sound really hot. What happens when they hit the road?
They sound like shit. First of all, the record companies don't care because they want to sell records. It's a little fake. That's why we said no way that's for us this time. I hope people will appreciate that. On the other hand, people are these days very much brainwashed already. The way music is produced is far different than in the '80s. As you said before, you don't have to be a good musician anymore these days. Just use Pro-Tools and they play for you.
Yeah, it is. You need to play the guitar one time and the rest of the time it's doing the same on the computer which can't be the right thing. Not for me.
When you guys did your last couple of albums, you used a producer named Peter Tagtren. Did you use him this time as well?
No, he's the singer and guitarist for Hypocrisy and Pain. This time we didn't do our album with him. This time we decided to have a change so we recorded in Switzerland. We wanted to try something new. He did a good job but sometimes you feel that you want to do something. This time we had to go back a little more to the old school recording style because it feels comfortable for the band. We didn't want to sound like a computer this time.
So you recorded in Switzerland.
Yeah, we recorded in Switzerland. It's pretty close to our area we live in. It's one hour or so from where we live.
Metal Discharge is going to be a double CD.
Yeah, it's going to be a double CD in Germany and Europe. Also Japan. Actually I don't know about the States. I think all the bonus tracks we have will be released in the States too though. That's what I heard. I think they release it a little later though. I didn't have the latest news about it but we said we wanted to put all the special things on the American release too so I guess they just used the bonus CD and put it on the regular CD as bonus tracks.
You guys have a video clip out for "Desecrators Of The New Age".
It's very much an old school kind of thing. We were first thinking about the story but finally we did the real first Destruction video clip. We did the recording in a real old huge warehouse where we thought it was the perfect atmosphere. I think it's a basic heavy metal video. It's something that you don't see so often anymore today. It's well done. It's very well produced but it has a heavy metal vibe. Head banging stuff. Long hair. Metal studs. Stuff that's done for this rock scene. We said this will be the perfect thing. We thought about story lines but it doesn't really make sense for the first video of the album so we said just go for the heavy metal cliche.
If it's not broken, don't fix it. Tell us about some of the tracks on Metal Discharge.
It's difficult for me because I'm writing the shit. It's hard to tell you my favorite songs. It's definitely fast as hell like always. As I said before, it has some more deep parts and more heavy parts. My favorites are definitely the first two songs. The first song is "Ravenous Beast" which is a real old school, fast, in your face kind of song. I like that shit. I don't like to fuck around too much. I like the fast stuff. The second song is the title track and also in your face kind of typical Destruction. A little more of the newer Destruction kind of style. We have some cool songs that are also more heavy and some wailing parts. I really like "Mortal Remains" which has all the different styles of the band. The fast shit, the heavy stuff, and the more technical influences also. I like the last song, "Vendetta", very much which is a typical Destruction song with really cool parts I think. It's difficult for me to point out a favorite song.
They're all your babies.
Yeah, they're my babies. We managed this time to have a pretty high standard of song writing for our kind of music. It's difficult to say.
Any touring plans?
We will tour in Europe first. We had some other dates but we're looking for a cool lineup to go with so we're still working on that. I can't really say when. We're finishing the European tour in March. Everything after March is possible to come over to the States. We'll see and find out.
I remember when you guys were over here with Kreator. The club was packed and people were really thrilled.
Cool. It was a fun show. It's cool to see in the States that real metal is coming back. For a while it looked like it was just nu-metal but right now we can tell there's really love for the heavy bands. Real metal bands are touring again and people are coming out to see the shows. That's really cool.
I grew up in the '80s and I realize that every generation has their own style of music but I think kids today have gotten ripped off a bit. A lot of them are appreciating the metal I grew up on.
Definitely. It's a good thing. As far as the nu-metal scene, it brings them to the roots. Then that's all right. It was just sad to see that. Metal started doing really well in Europe again. I'd say all over the world. It's just a little strange that the States were so hard to tour and it was really hard for the record companies to release metal albums. I guess it's better now. It's really cool to see.
It sure is. Any other thoughts or comments?
Thanks to all of the fans for the great support and we really hope to come back and see if there's a good tour to do. We definitely need a strong package to tour the States and kick enough people's ass. Should be around the beginning of next year. Looking forward to that and I hope you really enjoy the new album.