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German thrash titans DESTRUCTION release their ‘best of old school’ album Thrash Anthems II today. In celebration of the release, the band have premiered an official track video for ‘United By Hate’. More below;

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The video includes historical video footage covering over 30 years of the band’s history and features live footage from 1985 till 2016 – a must-see for all thrash metal maniacs out there! Watch the video in full below:

Order Thrash Anthems II:
CD and Black Vinyl from
Limited Edition Green Vinyl from the Nuclear Blast UK store: 

In 2007, DESTRUCTION proved how successful re-recording some of their timeless classics and reimagining history could be. Tracks like ‘Frontbeast’, which was only ever released on a demo back in 1983, have been included in the forthcoming release.

Fans will also be pleased to hear that Schmier has lent his vocals to the track ‘Rippin You Off Blind’, which is taken from the CRACKED BRAIN album (one of only two albums to not feature the Herculean frontman).

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.

Mastermind 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 the 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 NB did not wanna do the album we decided to do a pledge campaign to raise the funds for the production together with the die-hards.

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, uncommercial and has this 80s feeling with an even more aggressive edge and THAT is was made our THRASH so special, in the good old days and now!

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Thrash Anthems II tracklist:

01. Confused Mind
02. Black Mass
03. Frontbeast
04. Dissatisfied Existence
05. United By Hatred
06. The Ritual
07. Black Death
08. The Antichrist
09. Confound Games
10. Rippin’ You Off Blind
11. Satan’s Vengeance
Bonus Track:
12. Holiday in Cambodia (DEAD KENNEDYS Cover)

This killer artwork was created by acclaimed Hungarian artist Gyula, who has also created artwork for ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER, STRATOVARIUS and TANKARD amongst others.

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Oran O’Beirne