Former guitarist and founding member of German thrashers Destruction, Mike Sifringer has officially parted ways with the band. After a long period of uncertainty, it has become official. We told you recently that Sifringer had dropped out of sight, not communicating with the band leaving then guessing as to his status and state of being. Well, Sifringer has spoken, and so has Destruction. They have found a replacement for Sifringer, Martin Furia will step in on guitar.
Sifringer had this to say about his departure,
“It’s hard to leave a band after 39 years. Destruction is my life and something like my baby. But sometimes you have to take decisions that hurt. I’m very sad at the moment, but if something doesn’t feel right anymore, better stop doing it. Thanks to all former bandmates. I’m very proud about the music we have created together. Cheers to all thrashers out there. Without your support and your passion, Destruction would not exist. Peace.”
Destruction offered this statement,
“The last two years have been testing times for all of us. We are all sad to announce that Mike has left Destruction. It all was a shock and hit us hard but nevertheless there was never any doubt that we will continue as a band. We are a strong unit and are proud to welcome our new guitarist, Martin Furia, to the band! Our chemistry is great since Martin has been a part of the Destruction family for many years now. He is the perfect new man on the axe — the first shows have been a fucking blast!.”
Furia talked about joining Destruction. He said,
“The news is finally out and I have mixed emotions. I’m extremely proud to be part of this legendary band since 2016 as sound technician and tour manager. I’ve been all over the world with the Destruction family and they have always treated me like another member of the band.”I’m sad to see Mike go because I love him and respect him as a person and guitarist, but when I was asked if I would like to be the new guitarist of Destruction, I didn’t hesitate for a second. I feel ready to honor Mike’s legacy, to add my own touch and I will give my best to keep the flame of Destruction burning strong forever, with deep respect and devotion for the past and with full energy and commitment for the future. THRASH TILL DEATH!”
The band has released a new single and video for “State Of Apathy,” the first recording featuring Furia on guitar.
Watch “State of Apathy” below.