Destruction: A deep dive into their 1990 album
Destruction: A deep dive into their 1990 album

Thrashcast Episode 3: Destruction's "Cracked Brain" from 1990

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Show Notes:

Episode Three: Destruction's Cracked Brain (1990) is the fourth studio recording from one of Germany's big four of Thrash metal. The band formed in 1983 under the name of Night of Demon; sounding like a cross between Iron Maiden and Venom. In a matter of weeks they changed their name to Destruction and went on to become a vicious unit and gave the music world precision striking riffs on the earlier material.

Cracked Brain began recording sessions in 1989, but came to a halt after bassist/singer Mike Schmier was fired. His replacement was Andre Grieder from the band Poltergeist due to his melodious approach to thrash. The album was finally released June 1st 1990 to a slightly renewed sound and bolstered by more technical compositions.

Fun Fact: A cover of the Knack's song "My Sharona" was record as a track and added on in a weird and fun way. It certainly has Weird Al vibes and fun is for a thrash band of this calibre recording such an offbeat song. While the remaining compositions are clearly in the same vein as "Release from Agony", with the surgical, technical flourishes of Mike Sifringer's axe slinging, but they're more accessible and catchy.

Cracked Brain was the last of the classic Destruction era, once the 90's arrived in full bloom. The band released one more sub par effort, but luckily, they returned to form in 2000 with "All Hell Breaks Loose".

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About the artist(s):

Destruction is a German thrash metal band formed in 1982. They have been credited as one of the "Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. In addition to helping pioneer black metal, Destruction was part of the second wave of thrash metal in the mid-to-late 1980s, along with American bands Testament, Sacred Reich, Death Angel and Dark Angel. For most of the 1990s, the band was not signed to a record label and was forced to self-produce their albums until they signed a contract with Nuclear Blast in the early 2000s. – Wikipedia

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Cracked Brain

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About the author(s):

Kenneth Gallant is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of horrormetalsounds.com. Ken originated the webzine as a column (on another Heavy Metal webzine) that paid homage to horror films incorporating the theme, or a soundtrack, of heavy metal music. Horrormetalsounds.com embodies his passion for horror films, comics and heavy metal music.

Billy K and Jim Harrison are co-creators of the Thrashcast and active music journalists.