Of the three great teutonic thrash acts, Destruction will always hold a special place in the hearts of the genre’s old-school fans, their music taking a vicious but straightforward approach to the genre. But now, the band have announced that Mike Sifringer, their founding guitarist and the only member of the original line-up to have played on all their albums, has left the fold.
“It’s hard to leave a band after 39 years,” said Sifringer in a statement. “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. Thanks 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.”
Destruction, meanwhile, have already announced Sifringer’s replacement, with frontman Schmier saying, “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!”
The band have also released a new single, “State of Apathy,” featuring Furia’s first recorded appearance in the band.
“‘State Of Apathy’ shows the direction Destruction will go with the new record: more ‘back-to-the-roots’, more guitars, more in your face!” says Schmier. “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!”
Everyone at The Pit wishes Mike all the best in his future endeavors. Check out “State of Apathy” below:
Words by Chris Krovatin