• Misael Ruiz

Destruction and Nervosa in Los Angeles, California

German thrash metal legends Destruction and Brazilian thrash metal band Nervosa announced a tour. Even on a Wednesday night, the venue was packed for two amazing metal bands. Opening the tour were Sunlord and VX36. The stop on this tour was the 1720 warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

The original members from Nervosa were all originally from Brazil. On April 2020, bassist and vocalist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto left the band leaving guitarist and founding member Prika Amaral the sole original member of the band. For replacements, Amaral recruited Diva Satánica (Bloodhunter) on vocals, Mia Wallace (Abbath) on bass and Eleni Nota on drums. On January 2021, they released their fourth album, Perpetual Chaos. Nervosa came out and started their show with Kings of Domination from the new album. The packed venue wasted no time in moshing and shoving as Nervosa laid down some fast and brutal thrash metal music. Nervosa was on fire the whole time and the fans loved every minute. Nervosa laid down more brutal tracks like Death!, Blood Eagle and Into Moshpit. With only a short time slot, Nervosa made every minute count. The final song on their set was Under Ruins and was the perfect song to send off the audience with a bang. Nervosa wrapped up their set and made way for the headlining band of the tour.

If you're into thrash metal, then you should know about German thrash metal legends, Destruction. They have been around since 1982 and are one of the "big four" of the German thrash metal scene. The other bands being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard. In 2021, the fanbase was shocked when bassist/singer Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer announced that guitarist and founding member Mike Sifringer had left Destruction after 39 years with the band. Regardless, Destruction continued on with a new guitarist. On April 8, 2022, Destruction released their fifteenth album, Diabolical. The crowd went wild as the lights went out signaling the approach of Destruction. They came out and started their show with the title track of the new album, Diabolical. Fans wasted no time in moshing once again and even crowd surfers made an appearance. When Destruction played the fan-favorite Nailed to the Cross, the fans went berserk and moshed and shoved even harder. Destruction is indeed one of the best thrash metal bands. Destruction thrashed through their hits which included Mad Butcher, Born to Perish, Death Trap and Tormented Soul. Destruction seemed to end their show with Inspired by Death. They left and all seemed quiet for a bit. Fans kept cheering and after a small break, Destruction came back out for a few more songs. The last three songs were all some of their greatest hits which were Curse the Gods, Thrash Attack and Bestial Invasion. The fans went the most wild with those last three songs. Destruction finished up their set and left the stage once more. It was a great night for metal and fans surely can't wait for both bands to come back.


Photos and review by Misael Ruiz


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