German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION have just released their new “best-of-old-school” album, “Thrash Anthems II”, via Nuclear Blast.
To promote the release, the band has produced a new video for the song “United By Hatred” featuring video footage covering over 30 years of the band’s history.
A decade ago, DESTRUCTION proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and re-imagining history could be. The follow-up to 2007’s “Thrash Anthems” is ready to rock the metal world and shows how fans can be part of both a band’s history and future. For “Thrash Anthems II”, DESTRUCTION called upon on their loyal fans through PledgeMusic to help them create the record and contribute to the band’s epic history.
DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Schmier states: “As it is a part of our past to relaunch classic songs from our history with a fresh face and we had many demands on a ‘Thrash Anthems’ continuation, we decided to do a second part of this re-animation of classic ’80s DESTRUCTION material.
“For us, it was important to choose the tracks with the fans and first when Nuclear Blast did not wanna do the album, we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the fonds for the production together with the diehards.
“To make a long story short, we know not everybody will like these new versions of those thrash evergreens (just listen to the originals then) but it was an important task for us to keep them alive for a whole new generation of metalheads that love those fresh and brutal new recordings.
“We are very happy now that our label is finally releasing this collection of thrash classics. The vibe on this record is so vicious, non-commercial and has this ’80s feeling with a even more aggressive edge, and that is was made our thrash so special, in the good old days and now!”
“Thrash Anthems II” track listing:
01. Confused Mind
02. Black Mass
04. Dissatisfied Existence
05. United By Hatred
06. The Ritual
07. Black Death
08. The Antichrist
09. Confound Games
10. Ripping You Off Blind
11. Satan’s Vengeance
12. Holiday in Cambodia (DEAD KENNEDYS cover) (bonus track)
This stunning artwork was created by acclaimed Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsak, who has also created artwork for ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS, TANKARD and many more.