CD review DESTRUCTION "Thrash Anthems II"

(*/10) Ten years after having shipped “Thrash Anthems” to the record stores it’s German powerhouse Destruction that releases with 'part 2' another chapter of highly successful German metal music. “Thrash Anthems II” was originally meant to be a PledgeMusic campaign only. But after having been overwhelmed by support and requests, the band decided to publish an alternative version via Nuclear Blast, which will be released on November 11th.

As with the first compilation also part 2 re-activates Destruction highlights from the 80’s, a tracklist that has been chosen by band and fans. Also this time Schmier, Mike and Vaaver decided to go for a re-recording of milestoness such as “United by Hatred”, Black Mass” and “Black Death”, the latter even with a more proper ‘th’ than on "Infernal Overkill". Each of these trackss shines in new splendor, showing the quality of songs that come from a time when metal rapidly gained momentum. There is, without any doubt, a lot of joy connected by listening to the original versions and those are of course still available. But it’s also a great experience to listen to these oldschool smashers that have been refreshed without losing the aggressive 80’s vibe and edges.

“Thrash Anthems II” is what it is, a compilation of metal classics of one of the spearheads of German thrash metal. And who would have thought in 1982, the year of foundation, that Destruction is still around 35 years later? Probably not even the band themselves. True legends with real anthems.





  1. Confused Mind
  2. Black Mass
  3. Frontbeast
  4. Dissatisfied Existence
  5. United By Hatred
  6. The Ritual
  7. Black Death
  8. The Antichrist
  9. Confound Games
  10. Ripping You Off Blind
  11. Satan's Vengeance


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2017

Tag(s) : #Destruction, #Thrash Anthems, #Thrash Metal, #Heavy Metal, #Speed Metal, #News, #Nuclear Blast