Destroya's landmark album: The Red Album
1976 - Present
Destroya is considered one of the most successful metal bands in history, having sold nearly a billion album copies world wide. They have a fanatically devoted fanbase which will do nearly anything for them.
The subject matter the band tackles varies from album to album but is generally about some aspect of the American experience both good and bad. James had served in the US Army and would often write songs about the US's involvement in various wars through its history. Some songs would be full of praise, for instance songs about World War 2 but others would be critical such as songs about the Indian Wars.
More often though, Destroya's songs would be about praising party culture, rugged individualism, American women, beer, etc. Some songs would be highly critical of the government, but oddly the tone of the songs would go over politicians' heads and it wasn't unusual for various political figures using Destroya songs as their anthems unaware of their satirical nature.
James Washington: Co-founder of the band alongside his childhood friend Lars. The two would go on to be the primary songwriters for the band and shaped its signature sound. Thinking his voice was good for metal, Lars encouraged James to take over lead vocal duties as well as rhythm guitar.
Kirk Franklin: A talented guitarist who Washington and Jefferson managed to poach from another band called the Hellfire Club. Kirk Franklin has been said to be the fastest guitarist in the world.
Cliff Adams: Widely regarded as the most talented member of the band, Cliff would refine the direction of the band laid down by Washington and Jefferson to what it is now. Kirk notes that Cliff is probably a better guitarist than him, but for unknown reasons he prefers to stick to bass.
Lars Jefferson: Drummer and co-founder of the band, he is known for having a difficult personality. Over the long history of the band he and James have had many power struggles over the band's direction, but they always manage to reconcile.
Former Members Edit
Brian Arnold: During James's fallout with Lars in the mid 90's, he was replaced by Arnold. Arnold was the lead singer of the band for 2 albums released over a 3 year period which were not well received. He developed a drug habit that quickly got out of control which combined with his heavy handed dealings with the other band members prompted them to kick him out. Over this time Adams had been working behind the scenes to repair the relationship between Washington and Jefferson. With Arnold gone, Washington rejoined the band to much fanfare and they went on to release several critically acclaimed albums.
Jason Franklin: Kirk's older brother. He took over for him when Kirk did a stint in rehab. He would occasionally tour with the band here and there if Kirk was unable or if James hurt his hand and couldn't play.
Studio Albums Edit
Fist of Iron
Outbreak of Awesome
Between the Mountains
Water for the Dead
Kings of Metal
Ships On Fire
Out of Pity, Out of Time
Live Albums Edit
Apocalypse at the TLA
Voyage of the Damned
Live at Your Mom's House
Trail of Destruction '06
- June Hammer is a rabid fan of the band to the point that John describes her as a groupie. When she was a teenager she managed to be brought back stage where she ended up sleeping with all of them. Upon coming aboard the Rocco II, she was quick to share her love of the band with the other members and synthesized a copy of one of her tour shirts for Kara.