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On March 12, singer/bassist Schmier of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION was interviewed by Nick Perkel (a.k.a. Japan Nick), a contributing writer for The Aquarian Weekly and host of “Japan Nick’s Rock And Metal Pandemonium” on Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 radio station. Asked about his recently announced side project with members of ACCEPT, Schmier said: “It’s actually the drummer, Stefan [Schwarzman], who used to play for RUNNING WILD for many years, and he’s playing for ACCEPT now for many years also. And it’s Herman Frank, the guitar player. We met on several festivals in the last years and we’ve been hanging out. And they’re great guys. And we liked each other since point one. And somehow we had this crazy idea that in between ACCEPT and DESTRUCTION breaks, we could do something together. Because Stefan lives very close by now; he moved down here where I live. So we started to do some stuff, some rehearsals, and it turned out really great.”

He continued: “I’ve been doing this HEADHUNTER project back in the ’90s, and that was also a mix of classical heavy metal with a little bit of DESTRUCTION. So now I’m gonna go back to using my DESTRUCTION vibes, but the music is gonna be much more classical heavy metal, but it’s also, of course, gonna be more heavy and a little more powerful than ACCEPT stuff. So it’s gonna be a nice mixture. It fits really well.

“We have already written five songs. It’s actually still not really so official. So you’re one of the first persons that is interviewing me about this. I only did one interview before, with a guy from Israel, who basically put this on Blabbermouth back in the day.

“We still don’t have a name for the band. We’re writing songs right now, and as soon as we have a demo, then we’re gonna put out an official statement. But we’re having those five songs recorded now as a pre-demo, so when I’m coming back from [touring] the States [with DESTRUCTION], then we’re gonna enter the studio and record a pre-recording for the final album. So I’m excited. It sounds great. It sounds fresh. To me, it’s something different than DESTRUCTION, so it’s a great experience. And the guys are, of course… especially Herman, he’s a little bit older than me. He’s like my big, old brother. He has a lot more experience. Even if I am in the business for a long time, he has some more years, so I can learn from him. And it’s very interesting.”

He added: “I love classical heavy metal; it’s my fucking favorite. And it’s gonna be fun to do that. So I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great side project.

“I’m not somebody who likes to sit at home the whole day. I like to be entertained and play music and have fun. And I’m looking forward to this new thing.”

Regarding whether fans can expect to hear the first music from the new project before the end of 2014, Schmier said: “It could be by the end of this year. If everything works out, we’re gonna have demos in April/May. Then look for a label. So we could enter the studio in the summer. So I hope it’s gonna happen. But, I mean, I have to do a DESTRUCTION album also, which will have top priority, of course. So we’ll see how everything goes. But I think the way it goes right now, the project will be [in the studio] earlier [than DESTRUCTION]. ‘Cause we have five songs done, and we already have new ideas. So if we find a good label fast, then it should be out by the end of the year.”

DESTRUCTION‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Day Of Reckoning” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/“Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.

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Brazilian death metallers KRISIUN joined German thrashers DESTRUCTION on stage on Sunday, September 22 at the Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to perform a cover version of the VENOM classic “Black Metal”. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.

Said DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer: “I would like to dedicate this performance to my old-time buddy Michael Trengert [Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade] that passed away in that night when we were on stage in Rio.

Michael was one of the founders of the German metal scene, a great friend and maybe the most honest guy in this monkey business. He will be missed like no one else!

“RIP, brother — your legacy will never die!”

DESTRUCTION‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Spiritual Genocide”, was released on November 23, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Day Of Reckoning” was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany with engineer Martin Buchwalter and was mixed by Andy Classen. The album features guest appearances by Thomas “Angelripper” Such (SODOM), Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (TANKARD) and Ol Drake (EVILE). In addition, the “Mad Butcher”/“Release From Agony” lineup of DESTRUCTION — featuring guitarist Harry Wilkens and drummer Oliver Kaiser — reunited for one song.

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Vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION was interviewed by Kaaos TV at the Steelfest Open Air 2013, which was held May 24-25 in Hyvinkää, Finland.

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Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of GuitarWorld.com recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION.

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Lost Society: Thrashing about

“We’re fast and we’re loud,” laughs vocalist/guitarist Samy Elbanna when explaining why Lost Society have called their debut album Fast Loud Death. Makes sense to us. “But we’re not death metal,” he continues. “All you have to do is just listen to our songs – we’re full-on thrashers. But somehow that title fitted the attitude we show on the album.”

The young Finns – who also feature guitarist Arttu Lesonen, bassist Mirko Lehtinen and drummer Ossi Paananen – have barely been going two years, but they are already being seen as leading a new generation of thrash bands out of the gloom.

“There are loads of young musicians playing this sort of music in Helsinki, which is our hometown,” adds Samy. “But are we leaders of the pack? Not really. We’re just happy to be playing.” The band also admit that it was one half of the Big Four in particular that have inspired them over the years. “It was listening to Anthrax and Megadeth that first got us into the scene. And we went from there,” explains the singer. “We got hooked on bands like Kreator and Destruction soon after. Anthrax, though, are still a big inspiration to us. What we love about them is that they showed you didn’t need to take yourself or your lyrics too seriously. You could have fun with it. That’s what we are trying to do.”

Invoking the spirit of the classic 1980s German and Bay Area thrash scenes, Lost Society can count the likes of Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Schmier (Destruction) and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) as fans.

“We couldn’t believe that people who are our heroes were prepared to say nice things about us,” notes Samy enthusiastically. “It’s amazing to have them on our side. But it’s a lot of to live up to!” And, as it seems, it’s not just metal celebs who are big fans; Lost Society are winning over all generations who like their thrash hard and heavy. “When we began, it was our mates who came along to shows,” says Samy. “But now, it’s great to look out and see a lot of older people who are into what we do. It just proves that thrash isn’t about a certain age.”

Fast Loud Death is out now via Nuclear Blast

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Vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION will join Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS on stage on April 19 in Athens, Greece.

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION.

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Lima, Peru’s ElCuartelDelMetal.net conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of veteran German thrashers DESTRUCTION before the band’s January 22 concert in Lima.

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Greece’s Rock Overdose recently conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION.

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On October 17, Metalshock Finland ‘s Tarja Virmakari conducted an interview with vocalist/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer of German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION.

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