estruction was one of the German bands that was considered state-of-the-art for German thrash metal in the mid 1980s, much along the same lines as Kreator and Sodom. Their 1984 'Steamhammer' release of Sentence Of Death EP featured Schmier (Real Name: Marcel Schirmer; vocals/bass), Mike Sifringer (guitar) and Tommy Sandmann (drums), a line-up that was solid for the follow-up Infernal Overkill (1985) and Eternal Devastation (1986). A line-up change occurred on their Mad Butcher EP (1987) with Harry Wilkens added to the spare guitar position, and Oliver Kaiser taking over drums. Release From Agony followed in 1988 with their live effort Live Without Sense following in 1989 on the 'Noise' label. But this release found the band in turmoil, forcing Schmier to leave the band, later to form Headhunter, with Andre Grieder taking over the vocal duties and Christian Engler assuming the bass role for the 1990 release of Cracked Brain, an album that didn't receive favorable reviews; the band then split.
After being inactive for sometime, Sifringer recruited a new line-up of Thomas Rosenmerkel (vocals), Michael Piranio (guitar), with Christian Engler (bass) and Oliver Kaiser (drums) returning to release the self-financed Destruction EP (1994), Them Not Me EP (1995) and The Least Successful Human Cannonball (1998) before getting a deal with 'Nuclear Blast' as a three-piece featuring the returning Schmier and Sifringer with Sven Vormann (drums) to release All Hell Breaks Loose (2000), and album that showed them updating their Thrash style, and The Antichrist (2001) before releasing Metal Discharge (2001) withMarc Reign now on drums.