The first time I saw Destruction live was back in 2011 in Bogota, Colombia at the famous Rock Al Parque festival, they played in front of 100.000 metalheads, and they just blew everyone’s mind. I knew that for this North American tour would be a bit different, so the expectations of a small and intimate show were totally fulfilled as they played a show of epic proportions a couple of days ago at Joe’s Grotto here in Phoenix, AZ
The first band that took the stage was thrash metal youngsters Exmortus, I caught their show last time they were here with Dark Tranquillity last month, and I thought they were really interesting and quite energetic. This time around even though they have some old material their focus was their new album Slave To The Sword, released last month. From there they played: Immortality Made Flesh, Slave To The Sword & Foe Hammer. Their set wasn’t long, but it was intense enough to warm up the crown. Great show, crazy guys.
Following them were the Brazilian death metal ambassadors, Krisiun. It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen Krisiun they always deliver a heavy and energetic show. Even though, they haven’t released a new album in a while (Yes, we need a new Krisiun album), they delighted the crowd with songs like: Combustion Inferno, Blood Of Lions, Thy Will Of Potency out of The Great Execution (2011) album, and some older material like Ominous from their 2004 album Bloodshed.
By the time Destruction took the stage the venue was fairly full. Regardless that this show collided with Tool was in town, the crowd attending here was the most faithful metalheads in Phoenix for sure. Destruction‘s set covered the majority of their discography. There were songs like: Mad Butcher & Total Disaster of their Sentence To Death (1984) EP, Thrash Attack out the Infernal Overkill (1985) album, Eternal Ban out the Eternal Devastation (1986) album, The Butcher Strikes Back out of the 2000 album All Hell Breaks Loose, Nailed To The Cross out of The Antichrist (2001) album, Hate Is My Fuel out of The Day Of Reckoning (2011) album, Spiritual Genocide and Carnivore out of the Spiritual Genocide (2012) album.
The show was energetic, and really heavy, I still have some ringing in my ears from how loud Destruction was. All the bands on this tour are worth to check out, so do yourself a favor. If this tour comes to/or near your town definitely go and check it out.
Destruction North American Tour 2014
Support by Krisiun & Exmortus
3/30 W. Hollywood, CA @ Whisky-A-Go-Go
4/1 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/2 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/3 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
4/4 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
4/5 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
4/7 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/8 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/9 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
4/10 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
4/11 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
4/12 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/13 Quebec, QC @ Complexe Meduse
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques