DESTRUCTOR is a classic US band. They debuted back in the 80s on the Ohio metal scene and has since then released some really cool records. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Hello Anders, this record had some hurdles to get finished but it was well worth the time spent. The songs are ,maybe, the strongest put together to this day but the truth of the matter is how well it’s received by everyone. This time, before and after recording, proved to be a challenge for me and ended very rewarding with having stayed steadfast to the music of DESTRUCTOR.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Well, it’s not all that complicated actually. I got my name from listening to Motorhead Overkill album continuously. All the guys decided to come up with surnames. In the early days we rented a rehearsal spot above a chemical storage company and we acquired these truck signs and one read FLAMMABLE. That’s how Matt came about his. Other guys I gave names to that fitted their personalities.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means everything. All of the years and struggle and highs and lows…..It’s overwhelming to know , in these days, that there are more and more new fans discovering Destructor for the first time as well as all of the true die hard fans that have stood close

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The music is the most important thing…..always but the image is what made us back in the 1980’s ….leather, chains and steel. We strive to be over the top and this was our way of establishing it.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Good question Anders, It’s really important to catch the eye and speak to the music fan immediately even before the record is opened. Having said that it’s really just the icing on the cake and over history there were plenty of “bad” record covers that are still all time classic albums.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on YouTube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-The only downside I can see with social media is how much trust people put in it. It has been great for uniting Metal fans worldwide but it can also drag us down into a black hole.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life? Haha , yes absolutely. The people everywhere are what gives us life and keeps the fire burning and is the reason Destructor still exist.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Honestly we can bitch about how hard it is getting people to come to shows in the U.S.A. But at the same time there are scenes that exist, in whatever compacity, and the is the thread that holds everything together. Scenes big and small matter.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-It comes in spirit Destructor have played in a number of countries and cities but it’s never enough. We wish we had the opportunity to do it more……there is always the future.

What will the future bring?
-Destructor will play shows in many cities in the U.S.A and we are working on a European tour in 2018 along with another new record that is all but written at this point. Destructor seem to have some momentum again and we plan to capitalize on this opportunity as much as we can. There is much unfinished business for us and we as thankful.

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