Blood and gore all over the place, smelly feet in a car with closed
windows, and as if that wasn’t enough, there are roadies crawling
through grotty attics, interspersed with wild parties, plenty of drugs
and hectolitres of alcoholic beverages – somehow you can’t
make up your mind which of these countless choleric excesses of a
wonderfully and thoroughly uncivilised cohabitation you’d most
like to have been a part of.
Thrash metal act Assassin were there all the way. Which is why they
will probably be the last survivors of the human race when Planet Earth
plunges – as predicted – into the abyss this coming winter.
Mind you: should Armageddon really materialise, they at least had a
good time. Where? In Frankfurt and Hagen, in Lichtenfels and Bochum, in
Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, but also ... wait for it! ... in Osaka (!).
March 2010 saw eight cameras witness Assassin conquer that Japanese
city, pulling out all the stops at the True Thrash Fest.
Not only were Assassin’s two furioso shows caught on camera, but
also the every-day madness this chaos squad lives with. So should the
world not come to an end after all, you will be able to watch all this
and much more on double DVD, out on 23 November 2012 (Europe: 26
November 2012 USA/Kanada: t.b.a.). Chaos And Live Shots is the title of
that footage (which is anything but confidential), presenting a
thoroughly anarchistic band. Any questions?
Well how about this one: why is guitarist Michael Hoffmann pulled
across the poker table like that? Or: why does drummer Björn
Sondermann smash up his … hmm … well-kept Honda van? Why
do the phones of the other band members ring all the time so they
can’t ever seem to get down to some serious meditation? And why
does this damn mobile have to ring when they’d much rather cheer
on their favourite football team, Fortuna Düsseldorf, at the
Find answers to all these essential questions on Chaos And Live Shots,
plus bizarre anecdotes and wild film sequences from the career of this
five-piece trash band from Germany. ‘Uncle Tom’ Angelripper
has his say, and the guys from Violent Force and Deathrow also feel
called upon to voice their reminiscences, complemented by comments from
original Assassin drummer Psycho Danger (the name says it all!), the
band’s first manager, and various ex-bassists. And in between,
there are lots of hard-as-nail thrash metal tracks courtesy of
Assassin. Live from Osaka! Which we already mentioned above.
It’s a miracle that all this has meshed so well. Well, perhaps
not quite. In fact it’s the merit of Julius Krenz, director and
producer of this unusual double DVD. Julius Krenz appears to be pretty
normal, earning his bread and butter at WDR TV. But Krenz happens to be
into metal, so he couldn’t help but assist Assassin in their
monumental project. A fatal decision, as he has come to realise. But at
some point there was no way out. The result is a good three hours long,
presents a number of the most important Assassin songs from the past 25
years and documents the ordinary madness of an extraordinary band. But
then – what is ordinary in this day and age?
Having said that, it’s not exactly extraordinary that a band
which was founded in 1983 has lots of stories to tell. And it’s
not extraordinary that lots of wild thrash recordings were cut during
that time. On the other hand, the way all this comes together on Chaos
And Live Shots is pretty extraordinary. But Assassin wouldn’t be
Assassin if the band hadn’t ignored all conventions when they got
down to putting together the material. Chaos And Live Shots is
brilliantly chaotic and wonderfully alive – which we already
mentioned above …..
Auf LEGACY.DE gibts ein Tour-Blog von der Südamerika-Tour:
"CHAOS AND LIVE SHOTS"
BREAKING THE SILENCE
ASSASSIN – Breaking the Silence CD SPV 201 1(#4
Metal Maniac Mag)
Holy fucking cunt! After average ‘The Club’
2005 I didn’t expect such a killer, head blowing and ass
album from Assassin. I may not be objective ‘cause
sick maniac of old school German thrash including both Assassin albums
recorded before split-up in 1989 but probably most maniacs here will
totally agree with me. From the first notes of breaking lead
guitar in the beggining of the first, title song I was sure that
it’s gonna be a harsh ride into the late 80s when bands like
Assassin were on the top. What we’ve got here are well
diverse and perfectly long 10 tracks loaded with pure agression,
rebellion and brutality. Two of them – Real Friends and No
are re-recorded withr much more better sound songs from ‘The
Club’. Every riff on this album is totally memorable and
in a positive way. Stylisticaly riffs are heavy rooted into the old
school of the genre – you won’t find anything
and fresh on that material but this fact probably won’t
dissapoint you – who the fuck is expecting from Assassin to
experiment or go progressive ? I hope no one. As I said
compositions here are diverse which make this album very absorbing.
Mostly it’s based on fast tempos, thic and fast riffing with
occasional, epic slow downs where guitars are leaving more space for
bass to take a lead for a moment and also for a more – let me
call it- melodic drumming for example in the second half of a
‘Turf War’. Guitar solos have a lot of early Slayer
– they’re more into a speed and brutality than
Vocals here are more similar to The Club. I mean they’re not
raw and furious as on ‘The Upcoming Terror’ but
much more melodic and even in some parts Gonella is almost singing -
for example in “Destroy The State”.
lot of of great backing vocals reminding me of early Kreator albums
– no fucking effects just pure and raw screams.
production is impressive – everything sounds filthy, natural
clear at once. It also reminds a bit productions from late eighties.
The only minus here are too quiet leads and solos. Worth mentioning are
straight, rebellious and politically outspoken lyrics. All in all this
album is a must have for every old school thrash metal maniac!
The name ASSASSIN has its own chapter in the Thrash book mainly for the
debut “The Upcoming Terror”. An album that won a
lot of attention and in my opinion apart from the classic three Thrash
titans of Germany, that album was in the top 5 of what we once called
the classic German Thrash scene. It is one of the few albums with only
super hits, so ferocious, fast and violent that when it was first
released not many metalheads could stand it. Classic in all its
aspects, without a doubt. The second effort was sympathetic but far
away from the levels that the debut had settled, and that was their
last one back then.
The band was reborn around 2004/ 2005 and released “The
Club” album that was a huge disappointment. Probably the
hardcore music touch that replaced the old good Thrash mayhem and the
bad sound production made the band to get lost into oblivion. So, here
we have a good return, mostly into the Thrash realms; we can call it as
the real ASSASSIN revival. Without being something fantastic,
“Breaking The Silence” can win you specially if you
were an old fan of the band. And there some good reasons for that.
First of all, at least three songs here are ideal for bloody
headbanging. These are the first self-titled with the fast and furious
riffing, the exhausting “Raise In The Dark” and
“Destroy The State” that comes with a really nice
intro although the ending of the song is a little bit destructive.
“No Fear” and “Real Friends”
that was previously released in “The Club” appear
here too, but they are ten thousand times better mainly cause the
production is very good, made by the master Harris Johns. That gives a
lot of bonus to their new album; the sound brings something from the
past that I liked a lot.
What is not working that good is the kind of monotonous approach of the
band. Sometimes this will become a little boring. It seems that you
hear the same thing each time and some nice parts inside like the
bridge of “Turf War” get lost. That does not apply
for all tracks but in general “Judas”,
“Turf War”, “No Fear” of
“Strike Back” are cool but nothing that I will
remember for a long time.
Despite the above what is left after the end of the album is a good
vibe I think. Micha is here, and together with Scholli can create razor
riffs ideal for the savage voice of Gonnella. Even the cover of
“I Like Cola” from OUTO (is there anyone out there
remembering them?) makes “Breaking The Silence”
worth checking. Plus is more that obvious that ASSASSIN still can
deliver the goods regarding Thrash. They still have it. Simply as that.
Jahre nach ihren 80er Klassikern "Upcoming Terror" und "Interstellar
Experience" präsentieren uns die Düsseldorfer eine
Thrash-Granate aller erster Güte. Als hätte es das
Album "The Club" nie gegeben, schließt die Band nahtlos an
Leistung der 80er an. Das heißt, qualitiv hochwertigen,
kompromißlosen, deutschen Thrash. Genial in Szene gesetzt von
Harris Johns, der schon Alben von SODOM und VOIVOD und vielen mehr
seinen Stempel aufdrückte. Auch diesmal hat er es wieder
gebracht den 80er Spirit ins Heute zu transportieren.
Schon der Opener und Titeltrack "Breaking The Silence" zeigt wo es lang
geht. Straight forward Thrash irgendwo in der Schnittmenge von SODOM,
KREATOR, EXODUS und ein bißchen SLAYER, der sich meistens im
Midtempobereich bewegt mit gelegentlichen Ausflügen in
Gefilde und genial eingestreute schwere, treibende, langsamere Parts
mit leichten Hardcore Touch.
Einzelne Songs herauszuheben ist eigentlich unmöglich und auch
nicht notwendig, da alle auf dem selben Qualitätsniveau sind.
Schnell, kompromisslos, eingängig, herausragende
mit vielen Soli, gepaart mit schnellem, aggressiven Drumming und
relativ tiefem und aggressiven Gesang ergeben neun perfekte
Thrashsongs, die ihresgleichen suchen und stark an die Glanzzeit des
Thrash der 80er Jahre erinnert. Wer die ersten beiden Alben der Band
mochte, wird von "Breaking The Silence" begeistert sein. Am besten
gleich mal "Upcoming Terror" aufgelegt und im Anschluß das
aktuelle Album. Fast kein Unterschied zu bemerken, und das ist auch gut
so. Songs wie "Judas", "Turf War" oder auch "Kill Or Be Killed"
hätten auch damals gut gepaßt. Einzig und allein der
ist heute etwas druckvoller und nicht mehr ganz so rau wie
Als Rauschmeißer gibts dann noch das sehr punkige "I Like
das sich vom Rest des Albums abhebt und erfrischend rau und chaotisch
daherkommt und durch den punkigen Charme ebenfalls zu
Neben den aktuellen Alben von SODOM und TANKARD hat eine weitere Band
der alten Garde des deutschen Thrash ein absolutes Hammeralbum
veröffentlicht. Hier können sich all die neuen
mehr als nur eine Scheibe abschneiden.
produced by Harris Johns (Voivod/Kreator/Sodom). Very similar sounding
to later day Sodom Assassin's-Breaking The Silence is 11 slabs of fast
and furious no frills thrash. Tailor made for fans of At War, Sodom and
Tankard Breaking The Silence is a worthwhile addition in the field of
great German thrash metal releases. I don't know if it's something in
the beer or what but Germany continues to be a source for some of the
best thrash metal you can find. Assassin has a great sense of humor
going on with tracks like "I Like Cola" but it's on tracks like "Judas"
and "Kill Or Be Killed" that they really shine. That venom and rage
works wonders for them. It's refreshing to hear the band return to
their roots after some sub par releases that were more crossover in
nature. Breaking The Silence finds the band returning to the sounds of
1987's The Upcoming Terror. In other words less hardcore and more
thrash. Heavy thrash. Assassin might not ever be revered the way
Kreater,Destruction and Sodom are in regards to German thrash. It would
be hard for any band to live up to the greatness of those three. But
give Assassin it's due for playing honest to goodness thrash that
doesn't try to be trendy or slick. These guys are blue collar/blue jean
thrashers. Breaking The Silence is highly recommended!
2 CD DIGIPAK
CONTAINS "THE UPCOMING TERROR" AND "INTERSTELLAR EXPERIENCE"