Destruction - Sentence of Death ( Steamhammer SH 0020 ) 12" Vinyl LP Album

Destruction's "Sentence Of Death" (Steamhammer SH 0020), a 1984 thrash metal cornerstone, is immortalized in a 12" Vinyl LP Album. The debut release propelled the German band into metal stardom, blending thrash's ferocity with black metal nuances. With an iconic album cover and relentless sonic assault, it cemented Destruction's status as trailblazers, leaving an enduring mark on the evolving landscape of thrash metal.

This album includes the custom inner sleeve with band-photo and complete lyrics of all songs performed by Destruction

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"Sentence Of Death" Album Description:

In the world of thrash metal history, one cannot overlook the seminal release that marked the advent of a formidable force in the genre – Destruction's "Sentence Of Death." This 12" Vinyl LP Album, cataloged as Steamhammer SH 0020, holds a paramount position in the archives of thrash metal, embodying the band's early sonic prowess and setting a benchmark for the burgeoning movement.

The year 1984 witnessed the unleashing of "Sentence Of Death," a monumental debut that would reverberate across the metal landscape. Destruction, hailing from Germany, rose to prominence with this inaugural offering, delivering a potent blend of thrash metal ferocity and subtle black metal undertones. The album's sonic tapestry showcased the band's technical prowess, establishing them as trailblazers in a genre that was still finding its distinct identity.

The creative genesis of "Sentence Of Death" can be traced back to the fervent thrash metal scene of the early '80s. Destruction emerged amidst a wave of bands pushing the boundaries of heavy metal, infusing it with speed, aggression, and a rebellious spirit. As the band members – Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer (bass, vocals), Mike Sifringer (guitar), and Tommy Sandmann (drums) – converged their musical visions, they birthed an album that would leave an indelible mark on the genre.

The album cover, adorned with ominous imagery, hinted at the ferocity within. The iconic Steamhammer SH 0020 label stamped on the 12" Vinyl LP signified not just a release but a proclamation – a sentence of musical death to the conventional norms of the time. The choice of the vinyl format, a prevalent medium during that era, added a tactile dimension to the auditory assault, as listeners engaged with the raw analog sound that permeated each groove.

"Sentence Of Death" manifested a sonic alchemy that fused relentless thrash riffs with the darker hues of black metal. The result was a sound that transcended the boundaries of conventional thrash, earning the album the moniker of "Black thrash." Destruction's ability to seamlessly weave these disparate elements into a cohesive sonic narrative showcased a musical maturity beyond their years.

Essentials of: Destruction - Sentence of Death
Music Genre:

Thrash Metal ( From Germany )

Label & Catalognr:

Steamhammer SH 0020 / LC 9002
Published by Jumar Music

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1984 Made in Germany

Collector Specific Notes


Record Label

Record label information:

  • The record labels have different colours on each side. Side One has blue grading into white , while Side Two has green-ish grading into white.
  • The Label Code on the labels is "LC 9002"
  • This is NO Rights Society on the labels.
  • The catalognr on the labels "SH 0020" is the same as on the album cover.
  • The rim-text runs all across the label's rim and is printed n the German language.
Production & Recording Information
Album Packaging

The Original Custom Inner Sleeve has on one side a black and white photo of the Three Destruction band-members. The other side of the inner sleeve has the complete lyrics of all the songs on this album.


Wolfgang Eichholz - Producer

  Wolfgang Eichholz is from Germany doing production, engineering and also a musician. Notable he has been producer of several "Destruction" records and has worked with many European Heavy Metal bands during 1984-1988. Some of these bands include: Black Tears, Crack Jaw , Damien, Destruction , Sodom , Sortilège

Sound & Recording Engineers:

Horst Mueller - Sound Engineer

  Horst Mueller - a sound engineer from Germany and has engineered the records of several German Metal bands, notable Destruction, Running Wild, Warrant and the Swiss Celtic Frost band, as well as many others. He has used several different aliases/pseudonyms, aliases used by Horst Mueller include: Horst "Hoddle" Muller, Horst H.I.F. "The Crazy Frog" Muller, Horst "The Only One" Muller, "Mad" Horst Muller

Recording Location:

Caet Studio, Berlin, Germany during September 1984

In the world of music, certain studios hold an iconic status due to their rich history and the multitude of talented artists who have graced their halls. One such studio is Caet Studios, located in the vibrant city of Berlin, Germany. Renowned for its exceptional sound recording capabilities, Caet Studios has become synonymous with the German Heavy Metal scene, serving as a creative hub for numerous influential bands during the 1980s.


The 1980s marked a golden era for Heavy Metal music, with the genre reaching new heights of popularity and cultural significance. German Heavy Metal bands, in particular, emerged as a force to be reckoned with, capturing the attention of both domestic and international audiences. Among these bands were Celtic Frost, Running Wild, and Destruction, who utilized Caet Studios as their creative sanctum.

Celtic Frost, a pioneering group in the Extreme Metal subgenre, left an indelible mark on the music world with their groundbreaking albums. Caet Studios served as the birthplace of their magnum opus, "To Mega Therion," released in 1985. The studio's pristine acoustics and state-of-the-art equipment allowed Celtic Frost to craft a sound that was as dark and atmospheric as their lyrical themes. Songs like "Circle of the Tyrants" and "Necromantical Screams" resonated with fans and established Celtic Frost as one of the most innovative and influential Metal bands of their time.

Running Wild, known for their pirate-themed anthems and energetic live performances, also found solace within the walls of Caet Studios. Their album "Under Jolly Roger," released in 1987, solidified their status as a leading force in German Heavy Metal. Caet Studios provided Running Wild with the ideal environment to capture their raw energy and intricate instrumentation, resulting in a record that showcased their trademark blend of speed and melody. Tracks like the eponymous "Under Jolly Roger" and "Raise Your Fist" became instant classics and continue to resonate with fans to this day.

Destruction, a band synonymous with the German Thrash Metal movement, sought refuge in Caet Studios to unleash their sonic assault. Their album "Infernal Overkill," released in 1985, epitomized the aggression and intensity that characterized the Thrash Metal genre. With Caet Studios' expertise, Destruction meticulously crafted a sonic landscape that showcased their breakneck speed and razor-sharp riffs. Tracks like "Total Desaster" and "Bestial Invasion" became anthems for the thrashing masses, solidifying Destruction's position as one of the genre's titans.

While Celtic Frost, Running Wild, and Destruction are just a few of the notable bands that graced Caet Studios during the 1980s, countless others followed suit. The studio's reputation for excellence attracted a multitude of emerging and established Heavy Metal acts, all eager to harness the power of its remarkable acoustics and cutting-edge recording equipment. Caet Studios became a pilgrimage site for musicians, offering a sanctuary where creativity and sonic innovation thrived.

Beyond its technical prowess, Caet Studios fostered a sense of community within the German Heavy Metal scene. Bands not only shared the same recording space but also collaborated and inspired one another, pushing the boundaries of the genre. The legacy of Caet Studios extends beyond the music it helped create, representing a pivotal era in German Heavy Metal history and leaving an indelible mark on the global music landscape.

Album Cover Design & Artwork:

Detlef Schmidt - Design

  • Tommy "Tommy" Sandmann
  • Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer - Vocals, Bass Guitar

     Schmier (real-name: Marcel Schirmer) vocals and bass player with the German Thrash Metal band "Destruction". He was one of the founding members of Destruction, which he left around 1989 to from the German Metal band "Headhunter" (not to be confused with Swiss band with the same name. Around 1999 he rejoined Destruction. Bands he has sung and played in are: Bassinvaders, Destruction, Headhunter (DEU), Pänzer (DEU).

  • Mike Sifringer
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. Intro
  2. Total Desaster
  3. Black Mass
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Mad Butcher
  2. Satans' Vengeance
  3. Devil's Soldier

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Destruction Band Description

  Destruction a German thrash metal band that was formed in 1982 in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The band is known for its fast and aggressive style of music that incorporates elements of heavy metal, punk rock, and hardcore. Over the years, Destruction has become one of the most influential and respected thrash metal bands in the world, with a loyal fan base and a reputation for delivering intense and energetic live performances.

  The band was formed by three teenagers: Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer on bass and vocals, Mike Sifringer on guitar, and Tommy Sandmann on drums. They quickly gained a following in the local metal scene and released their debut album "Sentence of Death" in 1984. The album was a success, and it helped establish Destruction as one of the leading thrash metal bands in Europe.

  Over the next few years, Destruction released a series of critically acclaimed albums, including "Infernal Overkill" (1985), "Eternal Devastation" (1986), and "Release from Agony" (1988). These albums showcased the band's technical skills and songwriting abilities, and they helped solidify Destruction's reputation as one of the most important bands in the thrash metal genre.

  However, despite their success, the band went through a period of turmoil in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Schmier left the band in 1989, and Destruction struggled to find a replacement vocalist. They eventually hired André Grieder, but the lineup changes and personal conflicts took a toll on the band's momentum and popularity.

  In 1994, Destruction disbanded, but they reformed in 1999 with their classic lineup of Schmier, Sifringer, and Sandmann. Since then, they have released a series of well-received albums, including "The Antichrist" (2001), "Metal Discharge" (2003), and "Day of Reckoning" (2011).

  Throughout their career, Destruction has been a major influence on the thrash metal genre. Their fast, aggressive style of music has inspired countless bands, and their commitment to the genre has earned them a loyal fan base. In addition, their lyrics often deal with political and social issues, making them one of the few thrash metal bands that are known for their political activism and social consciousness.