Mit der Entscheidung eine melodische Thrash Metal
Band zu gründen entschieden sich Drummer Tom Kräutner und Gitarrist
Thomas Pippersteiner 1996 DEMOLITION ins Leben zu rufen. Als Mitstreiter
wurden Hans-Peter Rapp (Bass) und Peter Musch (Vocals-Rhythm Guitar)
gefunden und das Line-up vollendet.
1998 wurde bereits in
Eigenproduktion das Debütalbum ‚…in the beginning’ über das
hauseigene Label DN Records veröffentlicht.
Daraus ergaben sich für DEMOLITION diverse
Auftrittsmöglichkeiten und die Band durfte im Vorprogramm von zahlreichen
internationalen Acts wie u.a. RONNIE JAMES DIO, MANOWAR, SAXON, OVERKILL, ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, KREATOR,
SODOM, DEW-SCENTED, MERCYFUL FATE, NEVERMORE, SOILWORK, DARK FUNERAL,
MYSTIC CIRCLE, STIGMATA IV, LEFAY, GILBY CLARK / ERIC SINGER,
ELDRITCH, LABYRINTH, EDGUY, SKYCLAD, KNORKATOR, GIRLSCHOOL, ANGRA,
BLACKEND, FARMER BOYS, HOLY MOSES, RAWHEAD REXX, DARKSIDE und vielen
anderen, ihr Können unter Beweis stellen.
Im Jahr 2000 wurde DEMOLITION
von Gutter Records – a division of Massacre Records unter Vertrag
genommen. Im darauffolgenden Jahr erschien der ‚…in the beginning’
Nachfolger ‚Out Of Noland’, das im Tschechischen Hacienda Studio von
Milos "Dodo" Dolezal aufgenommen wurde und unter anderem
Gastmusiker wie Stygma IV Shouter Ritchie Krenmaier mitwirkten.
Frontmann Peter Musch wurde ein
Jahr später durch Wolf
ersetzt. Damit gewann die Band neue Ideen und frischen Power. Und
Mannerschnitten ess’ ma gern’ (…nur ein Test ob aufmerksam gelesen
wird…). Dieses wurde dann im Juni `03 im Exponent Studio Slowakei (Hypnos,
Krabathor, Darkside,…) mit den neuen Aufnahmen zum Album ,Existence’, umgesetzt.
“In The Beginning…” there was only one intention – to form a melodic thrash metal band, when drummer Tom Kräutner and guitarist Thomas Pippersteiner decided to bring DEMOLITION to life in 1996. Hans Peter Rapp on bass and Peter Musch, serving both vocals and rhythm guitars completed the first line-up.
In 1998 the band recorded their debut-album “...in the beginning” which was distributed by the bands own label DN Records through various mailorder companies. About 1000 sold copies showed a first indication of the bands potential by being sold through companies such as The Metal Merchant, Hellion Records or Rising Sun Records.
Following up the band got a lot of great opportunities to open up for a big variety of national and international metal bands such as TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, RONNIE JAMES DIO, OVERKILL, ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, KREATOR, SODOM, MERCYFUL FATE, NEVERMORE, SOILWORK, DEW-SCENTED,... and many many more. These gigs helped the band a lot to increase their reputation as a very intense, hard working live band.
As a logical next step, the band tried to improve also on the recording side of things and so in 2000 they chose to record their next album under the veils of a experienced producer. Having signed a deal with Gutter Records a division of Massacre Records from Germany previously, DEMOLITION in late 2001 hooked up with Producer Milos Dodo Dolezal in his Hacienda Studio situated in southern Czech Republic to record the follow-up “Out Of Noland”. Among others the album featured guest musicians such as Ritchie Krenmaier of STYGMA IV fame.
During the preparations for the songwriting of the third album the band decided to replace shouter Peter Musch. The vacant post behind the microphone was handed over to Wolf of DARKSIDE. This added a lot of power and edge to the new material which was finally recorded in Slovakia, namely the Studio Exponent (Krabathor, Hypnos, Darkside) in summer of 2003. Entitled “Existence”, the new stuff shows a development towards more concise songwriting without denying the bands´ roots.
In 2004 the band finally succeeded in the search for a powerful partner in the music industry and signed a deal with the independant metal label TWILIGHT from Germany. “Existence” was released in August 2004 and got great reviews all throughout the metal media worldwide.
In May 2005 DEMOLITION got the opportunity to support one the forces majores in the international thrash metal scene, Bay Area based giants TESTAMENT. As TESTAMENT decided to return to the european stages in the classic line-up featuring Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, Greg Christian and both drummers Louie Clemente and Johnny Tempesta. Together with SUSPERIA and DIVINE EMPIRE, DEMOLITION supported the mighty TESTAMENT on 8 dates throughout Europe and it can be said that it was a blast!
In December 2005 DEMOLITION hooked up with SUSPERIA, BLOOD RIDE and DEAD TROOPER and embarked on a tour through Europe. Being enforced by italian guitarist Janos Murri from RESURRECTURIS for this tour, DEMOLITION was already making plans for a new album with the possible installation of Janos as a second guitar player.
May 2006 marked the bands´ first appearence at the prestigious german Fuck The Commerce festival, Demolition being one of the few non-death/grind bands ever to be invited to play this earliest of the german summer festivals. In August 2006 Demolition was invited to take part in the german Up From The Ground Festival in Gemünden/Main. In winter of the same year preparations begin for the recordings of DEMOLITIONs´ fourth full length recording “Relict IV” which was recorded in January 2007 in the Noisehead Studios in Vienna, Austria. Mixing sessions took place at various points of time during spring and so finally shortly before summer the album was ready. As the season was almost over, Demolition decided to postpone the release of “Relict IV” until the new year.
DEMOLITION has now released their fourth album, "Relict IV" via Twilight Zone Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Existence" features the following track listing: 01. Relict IV 02. Reborn-Refailed 03. Splattered Innocence 04. The Fortress 05. Over Nails 06. Blood 07. Deconstructed World 08. I Am Terror 09. Holy Hostage 10. Coroner´s Inquest 11. I Deny.