NewsAugust 19, 2021 9:29 AM ET1,931 views

Destruction replace founding guitarist, share new single

Venerable thrash metal outfit Destruction have formally announced the departure of founding guitarist Mike Sifringer. Taking his spot in the band is Martin Furia.

Destruction comment: "It has been some difficult weeks for us since Mike left the band in March, we apologize for the delay and the late statements. We kept on working hard, so we can present you the future of Destruction. We have a pre-album single and video for you with 'State of Apathy' also available as a 12 inch vinyl in September. We welcome our front of house soundguy, tour manager, good friend and producer Martin Furia in our team - please give him a very warm welcome! He is part of our family for many years!"

The music video for new single "State of Apathy" is available here:


Destruction frontman and sole original member Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer says: "The last two years have been testing times for all of us. 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 fucking blast! ‘State Of Apathy' shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots', more guitars, more in your face! 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!"

Speaking on his departure, Sifringer offers: "It's hard to leave a band after 39 years. Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But somtimes you have to take desicions 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."

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New guitarist Martin Furia comments on joining the band: "The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions. 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. 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!"




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