For nearly four decades German thrash outfit Destruction have held sway with their brutally uncompromising brand of metal.
Unlike many of their peers who either refuse to or are wary of embracing modern technology, earlier this year Destruction performed a livestream concert, Live Attack, at the legendary Z7 venue in Pratteln (Switzerland).
That concert is set to be released as a 2 CD + DVD (BluRay) for their fans on August 13, bringing 22 of the bands head snapping hits from over the years to you in your own home.
Bass player and vocalist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer joined HEAVY during the week to chat about the experience, starting with how it felt to record Live Attack to basically themselves.
“We’re in good shape,” he enthused. “For me, the feeling wasn’t much different to a live show. Of course, the live show has the energy from the crowd and these magic moments with the crowd and the exchange of energy but this wasn’t happening. I’m, a professional musician and I could totally focus myself on the show and the fact it was a livestream and thousands of people watching was really motivational. It was a different kind of show but in the end, there will be people that say they don’t want to see it because it has no crowd and I can understand that but we have no real gaps between songs because when each song is over, we have little intros and connections between the songs so the whole show doesn’t feel so empty. I think to understand why we did this is very easy, because in times of Covid this was a way to survive to us. It was a very important concert and one day I will look back on the show and say hey listen, this was the Covid years and can you believe this, we played a show in front of no people just to survive. It’s kind of an historical moment.”
In the full interview Schmier discusses the songs selected for the recording, playing songs they haven’t played for many years including Reject Emotions, the bonus content on the DVD, the early days of the band, their plans for 2021 and more.
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