Marcel Schirmer - Destruction
One of the Big Teutonic 4 Thrash 'til death deciders - those Mad butchers known as Destruction - have just discharged their new metal album 'Spiritual Genocide' and it continues the legacy of the past, while allowing for some novel variations.
On my day of reckoning, I spoke with the inventor of evil himself - Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer - about the recording of the new album; their second with youthful Polish drummer - Wawrzniec "Vaaver" Dramowicz, the experience of sharing his renegade thrash anthems worldwide, and the absolute base joy of celebrating 30 years of delivering the sentence of death, releasing us all from agony, and best of all, invading our lives with the infernal overkill of Destruction.
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, it is so great to speak with you again. I know you are always doing interviews, but when I was asked to participate, I was excited because I always enjoy discussing what is new with you.
MettleAngel: Indeed it shall be. We had so much fun hanging out and getting our picture taken by the crusie director on the first voyage of "70,000 Tons Of Metal". I actually have not spoken with you since we deaparted the ship. I was so excited to hear your new album then called 'Day Of Reckoning'. You had just let me hear advanced samples of "Hate Is My Fuel" and "The Price".
MettleAngel: I am amazed that now we are here to discuss the follow-up to that album, your latest called 'Spiritual Genocide'. Man, you do not waste any time creating new material, do you?
MettleAngel: I agree and you are truly one of the Big Teutonic 4. Congratulations on 30 years of writing thrash anthems. I just heard your cover of "Hammered" by Motörhead. I also like your rendition of "(We Are) The Road Crew". I wish I could have seen the show with you Kreator, Sodom, and Tankard. Did you film this landmark event for a DVD?
MettleAngel: Is there a chance that this "Big Teutonic 4" idea could become an actual tour?
MettleAngel: Well at least you put out the CD. I was quite surprised by Kreator's take on "Number Of The Beast", and what Tankard did with "The Prisoner". I am also impressed with the new Destruction album. I noticed you re-recorded several songs from 'Metal Discharge' for the exclusive U.S. edition.
MettleAngel: Man, I would so love to see you live again. You had such poor time slots on "70K-1". Although, you did have every other thrash musician playing the boat from Exodus to Testament moshing in the pit, with Mean Gene Hoglan moderating. I do like the direction of the some of the newer songs on this album. I also was surprised with some of the guest appearances on the bonus track version of "Carnivore".
MettleAngel: I assumed that you and Mike did the bulk of all the writing. Also, has not your drummer Vaaver already been in the band for over three years?
MettleAngel: When I met him on the cruise, he seemed cool. I also find it interesting, that when we were hanging out with Saxon, and they were discussing their then new album called " Call To Arms", you admitted to being a big fan. Now, here on your new album, you are covering "Princess Of The Night". Oh, and by the way, like Destruction, Saxon also have a new album out called 'Sacrifice'. Damn you too are juggernauts of justice! Speaking of which Anvil will also deliver new material in May!
MettleAngel: I think it is killer. I was so impressed with your DIO cover too. As you know I also like Headhunter's cover of "18 And Life" by Skid Row, even though I know you get a lot of criticism for doing that song.
MettleAngel: I agree, which is why 'Alliance Of Hellhoundz" was such a great idea. Is there ever a chance that you wil do a sequel to this with other great guest musicians?
MettleAngel: The souls and singers of that contibuted to the heart of Destruction...whoah... now I just got chills, because my Ipod is on shuffle in the background, and as we conduct this interview, "Alliance" is playing purely by random!
MettleAngel: Maybe it is a sign of fear! You are afterall the Godfather of slander.
MettleAngel: Perhaps levity? It also allows you to breathe and know that you are on the right path.
MettleAngel: Well, I am a longtime fan, and I love all levels of Destruction, save the one 'Cannonball' fiasco. I think it is great that you find bliss in what you are doing. I know that when you reformed the band in 1999, you had also been a restaurant proprietor. You had that Pizzeria called Barracuda located in Istein. You had to sell the business to focus on the band, right?
MettleAngel: I hear you. Always focus on service by following your bliss.
MettleAngel: Well, you are only a few years older than I, and a few inches taller. I admire your level of perseverance. I always love to see Destruction live. I am amazed it has been eight years since I have seen you on U.S. shores. I think the new album is excellent.
MettleAngel: I like the fact that some songs are not of the expected formula. I have felt this for quite some time. I was vey impressed on what you did with 'D.E.V.I.L.O.U.T.I.O.N.' I even got a kick out of the acrostichon with each song.
MettleAngel: I need to revisit 'Metal Discharge' in light of the re-recorded material. Obviously, I will always be a fan of the '80s albums I first heard. You know my favourite song is still "Black Death". Damn, if we still need to figure out the lyrics to this song. Have you recalled them yet?
MettleAngel: No worries, just keep on doing what you do best. Thank You again for sharing the time with me. I know it has already been five years since the last Headhunter album, and with Jörg Michael's cancer scare there may not be another. One can only hope. I am just totally grateful that you have continued to be the inventor of evil and have kept Destruction going for this long. Here is to another 30 years of releasing us from agony for your eternal band's thrash attack!
MettleAngel: Hopefully, the rest of your interviews this day will not be too tedious.
MettleAngel: The feeling is mutual.