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Necromaniac:

Glen you formed Destruktor in 1995. What was the
main goal to create a band like Destruktor?

Destruktor:

DESTRUKTOR was founded in 1997, but but formative stages go back to 1995. At the time, I guess the band was formed because both Jarro and I played an instrument, were into extreme stuff, and had no other like minded people to play with, so we decided to play together. Both of us had played in other fuck around bands, but never had members that were into playing extreme! Our goal initially was to play extreme blackmetal and to get a demo out in the underground scene. But over time, new goals arose.

Necromaniac:

Which Bands influenced you to play extreme music? I think Blasphemy, Beherit, Sarcofago, Sextrash where a big!

Destruktor:

I guess over time, plenty of bands inspired me to play extreme metal. I mean, bands like KISS and METALLICA among others, were my inspiration as a young fella. Over time more extreme shit like Kreator grabbed my interest, then Morbid Angel, the rest is history. I would say Beherit and Blasphemy were of some importance, but I did not discover those other 2 till later. I was very big on Dark Throne and Morbid Angel, probably more than the rest. I just liked the extreme shit, back then, many bands had a 'feeling'. I think I will always be absorbed in the very early nineties death/black metal, and old classics!

Necromaniac:

In the past you got a lot of line-up changes. Now it´s solid? When did Chris Volcano (Abominator) joined your Band? He played the session drums? Now you found a new drummer ?

Destruktor:

I would not say we have had a lot of line-up changes, more that we have very rarely had a solid, commplete line up. I have always been a constant, Regan has been the only bass player, and joined 4 or 5 years ago, and Jarro has been our occasional drummer, and he is out the band once and for all now. So we must find a kller drummer now. Chris only joined the band as session memeber for one recording session, and one gig. He did this in the second half on 2001. After this, Jarro rejoined, and now one year later, he is gone again. So we must find a suitable drummer. I will wait till I find someone truly capable of doing a good job. We have a couple of people interested.

Necromaniac:

You released two official demos , your brutal Desecration EP (on Decius Prod.) a live split EP with mighty Nunslaughter. What can you tell me about your next planned assaults? A MLP called "Nuclear Storm" on Soulseller Records. When can i expect this MLP?

Destruktor:

As DESTRUKTOR, only one demo was released, the other was as APHASIA. An ultra rare Rehearsal was released, then the 2 mentioned 7"'s. NUCLEAR STORM is basically ready now(APRIL 2003). Soulseller and Agonia are doing the MLP, and Agonia the tape. And for the first time, we will release it on CD format through an undecided label. With NUCLEAR STORM, you must expect something different to Brutal Desecration. It is faster and tighter, more interesting, and less primitive and necro. While I wrote most of the music still, Jarro done most lyrics, and came up with some ideas for the songs, so it is less of a one man contribution to the writing process than before. Our next stuff will be different again because it will be predominantly written by me.
Also one song for a Sombre Records compilation is planned, what can you tell me about that?

Necromaniac:

Also one song for a Sombre Records compilation is planned, what can you tell me about that?

Destruktor:

This is a song that was recorded with Volcano on drums, the same time as we recorded "Brutal Desecration" 7". It is called Unholy Victory Massacre. It is meant to appear on the Sombre Comp LP, but I have not heard from Sombre for a while, I don't know what is going on. Anyway, it has been released on the comp LP released by Aussie Label, DECIUS. It is called Barbaric Onslaught, it features only Australian Extreme Metal acts! Contact the label if interested!

Necromaniac:

I think you are also a Vinyl Worshipper!? Most of your stuff is released on black gold.

Destruktor:

Yep, I love vinyl, I am always looking for killer LP's, better than CD crap in most ways! Up to now, we have only released one tape and two 7"'s, one of them a split. Nuclear Storm will be on vinyl and tape first, and MCD a little bit later. Vinyl is a must for DESTRUKTOR releases.

Necromaniac:

How important is it for you to see your stuff on LP size?

Destruktor:

I would not live or die by it, but certainly first thing I would be looking for is someone to release the vinyl version of our next release, and worry about CD secondary.

Necromaniac:

Your Split EP with Nunslaughter includes the songs Brutal Desecration and Death Dealer live. What can you tell me about that gig? With which Bands you shared the stage und who recorded the live songs?

Destruktor:

Those two tracks were taken from our gig with Gospel of the Horns in Melbourne from August 2002. It was our third gig. An apparantly shitty band, Cage of Serenity opened. It was our best gig as far as how we played, but we can do better I'm sure. Basically I recorded the tracks by taking my tape deck to the gig, and connecting it to the mixing desk, and getting someone to press record!

Necromaniac:

Who was responseable for your cool EP cover art and who made the new shirt design looks killer! i little bit in the Chris Moyen vein. Is the artist called Rob a friend of yours?

Destruktor:

The artist from Brutal Desecration is a Canadian bloke I was in contact with. He plays in a band Nekromantik Kurse, and does a bit of tattooing. Don't know what he is doing at present. The split 7" with Nunslaughter artwork was done by Jai, Jarros brother. He can do some killer art. He is also responsible for the killer Nuclear Storm shirt art! It is like a "Coat of Arms" or something. Fucking great!

Necromaniac:

I also found a funny Merchandise article on your Homepage. Ypou realy sell Beer cooler with Destruktor Logo? Fuck ! But maybe a bestseller in hot australiaJ

Destruktor:

Yeah, we made up about 150 beer coolers, with our logo, and "Alcoholic Desecration" written on it. They did proove quite a popular item. I think we must do some for Nuclear Storm, I think it would have to be Alcoholic Storm! The old ones are totally sold out. But more will come. Also patches hopefully.

Necromaniac:

What can you tell me about your local area? Where are you living? Are there more Bands in your Area? Australia is amazing big and I think it´s not easy to play shows in another city cause you have to drive hours and hours. What can you tell me about that?

Destruktor:

Well I live in a country city with a population of about 100,000. It is 90 minute drive north of Melbourne. There is no Death/Black metal bands, just a couple of trendy nu-metal bands. But we have had nothing to do with our home city, except with a few friends. It seems as though quite a few people know of us around here now though. There is not much of a choice for places to play gigs. Except for Melbourne, the only bigger cities to play gigs at are minumum 7 hour drive. And also choice of only five or six places to play, one of the few downsides of our great land...

Necromaniac:

How often did you played live already? I heard your first live show was in 2001 , december 15 with Abominator, Dawn of Azael in Melbourne. Any nice memories? I am sure you was quite nervous?

Destruktor:

We have played only 4 gigs in our existance. Our first gig was with Volcano, the other 3 with Jarro. Yeah, I was a bit nervous, but nothing to extreme. After 2 or 3 songs, I was much more relaxed, and things got better as they went along. The nicest memories was playing a first up gig without things fucking up, and then getting very pissed in the beer garden while the other bands played. It was a killer night. Dawn of Azazel were quite good, but I was rather drunk by that stage.

Necromaniac:

About Dawn of Azael they are from New Zealand right? They just released a EP on italian Hellflame production.

Destruktor:

Yes, they are form New Zealand. They are only young blokes, but have the right idea no doubt. The 7" is pretty cool. They are a heavy band. I see some Order From Chaos in their style. Heavy, Dirty and Raw. I've had some contact with the band. I think you will hear more form these guys!

Necromaniac:

Is anyone of you involved in other projects?

Destruktor:

Both me and Regan only play in DESTRUKTOR. Regan may do something else, but at this stage, only DESTRUKTOR.

Necromaniac:

Ok man that's all. Finally name me your current top ten⤦.Thanx

Destruktor:

Man, don't know. Some cool newer shit I've heard would be Ophiolatry CD, Sadistic Intent 7", Skepticism MCD, and plenty of others. But still, I mainly listen to older shit. So no point in listing a top ten. Judas Priest and Kiss are always up there, ANd Blaze in the Northern Sky, and Altars of Madness and Covenant, and Krisiun-Apocalyptic Revelations, and plenty more! Cheers for the support. Good luck with your zine.


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