Aug. 19 — Veteran thrash metal band Destruction is keeping itself in the news lately.
The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘State of Apathy‘ Thursday. The song is not featured in the band’s latest album, Born to Perish (2019). The video’s premiere comes less than a week after the band released its new live recording, Live Attack, which was released Aug. 13 through Napalm Records.
The new single features the debut of the band’s new guitarist, Martin Furia. Furia replaces now former guitarist Mike Sifringer, who recently left the band.
Sifringer addressed his departure in a prepared statement, stating only that he departure was a personal choice and that he felt it was time to step away from the band.
“It´s hard to leave a band after 39 years,” said Sifringer. “Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But sometimes you have to take decisions that hurt. I´m very sad at the moment, but if something doesn´t feel right anymore, better stop doing it. Thanx to all former bandmates. I´m very proud about the music we have created together. Cheers to all thrashers out there. Without your support and your passion, Destruction would not exist. Peace.”
Front man/bassist Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer addressed the band’s lineup change in his own statement.
“The last two years have been testing times for all of us,” he said. “We are all sad to announce that Mike has left Destruction. It all was a shock and hit us hard but nevertheless there was never any doubt that we will continue as a band. We are a strong unit and are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Martin Furia, to the band! Our chemistry is great since Martin has been a part of the Destruction family for many years now. He is the perfect new man on the axe – the first shows have been a f****** blast!”
Furia spoke highly of Sifringer as he talked about joining the band.
“The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions.” he said. “I’m extremely proud to be part of this legendary band since 2016 as sound technician and tour manager, I’ve been all over the world with the Destruction family and they have always treated me like another member of the band.”
“I’m sad to see Mike go because I love him and respect him as a person and guitarist, but when I was asked if I would like to be the new guitarist of Destruction I didn’t hesitate for a second,” added Furia. “I feel ready to honor Mike’s legacy, to add my own touch and I will give my best to keep the flame of Destruction burning strong forever, with deep respect and devotion for the past and with full energy and commitment for the future. THRASH TILL DEATH!“
‘State of Apathy’ features a musical arrangement that will appeal to any of the band’s established audiences. Additionally, the overall sound and stylistic approach will appeal just as much to any thrash metal purist.
Schirmer addressed the band’s approach to the new single in his noted statement.
“‘State Of Apathy’ shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots’, more guitars, more in your face!,” he said. “This band is my life and we will always give 100% to keep the spirit alive. I hope you love the new single as much as we do – thanks for all the support! We are wishing Mike the best for his future, for us there is only one way to go THRASH TILL DEATH!”
The lyrical theme featured in the band’s new single presents an inferred message of overcoming adversity. It encourages listeners to not let themselves get into a state of apathy and to push past the negative thoughts and feelings that they go through every day. It is a message that will connect with any listener.
The song’s video is a simple presentation that features the band’s members performing the new single as it plays over the presentation. Various video effects are used to heighten the video’s engagement and entertainment.
‘State of Apathy’ is available now as a digital single. It is also available physically as a 12-inch slipcase vinyl with live recording of ‘Sign of Fear,’ which is featured in Live Attack.
More information on Destruction’s new single, video, lineup, and live recording is available along with all of the band’s latest news at: