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Assassin

Formed: 1983
From: Düsseldorf, Germany
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Assassin News

Below is our complete Assassin news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ex-Assassin Front Man Forms Raging Rob

In the beginning of 2014, after almost 30 years as front man, Robert Gonnella left Assassin and formed his own band Raging Rob.

The new group is rounded out by ex-Assassin drummer Frank Nellen on drums, Warrant's Dirk Preylowski on lead guitar, and ex-Human Bastard members Maik Jansen (rythm guitar) & Rudi Görg (bass).

Currently the band is preparing a live set including old Assassin songs & Raging Mob tracks (Robert's former Chinese band). Raging Rob is composing new songs for a debut album to be released in 2015, followed by a string of live shows to support the release.

Further details are forthcoming, but in the mean time follow the latest from Raging Rob at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Assassin Gearing Up To Release DVD

Assassin will release the band's first DVD "Chaos and Live Shots" this coming January 29th via Steamhammer/SPV. The band also issued the following press release:

"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 tons 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 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 January 29th in North America on Steamhammer/SPV. Chaos and Live Shots is the title of that footage (which is anything but confidential), presenting a thoroughly anarchistic band.

"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 stadium? More...

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Assassin Announces "Doomsday Prevention" Dates

As was previously announced, German 80s thrashers Assassin will tour the South American continent for the very first time. The band has now updated the schedule for the 2012 "Doomsday Prevention" tour. In cooperation with Open the Road Agency the following dates are now confirmed:

Brazil:
8/17 - Curitiba @ Espaco Cult
8/18 - Teresina @ Bueiro do Rock
8/19 - São Paulo @ Manifesto Pub
8/23 - Salvador @ Dubliners Irish Pub
8/24 - Maceió @ Oráculo
8/25 - Caruaru @ Teatro João Lyra
8/26 - Fortaleza @ Grab Club

Peru:
8/29 - Lima @ Barza Lince

Bolivia:
8/30 - La Paz @ Cinemateca Boliviana

Argentina:
8/31 - Buenos Aires/Argentina @ Asbury Club

Chile:
9/1 - Santiago - @ Club 334

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Assassin Announces South American Shows

Assassin has issued the following announcement about upcoming South American shows later this summer:

"Finally, Assassin in South America! We are at the final stages at our South America tour plannings. Right now following dates are confirmed. We are still waiting confirmations from Chile and Argentina."

Brazil
17/08 – Curitiba @ Hangar 110
18/08 – Teresina @ Bueiro Rock
19/08 – São Paulo @ MANIFESTO PUB
23/08 – Salvador @ IRISH PUB
24/08 – Maceió @ ORÁCULO
25/08 – Caruaru @ TEATRO JOÃO LYRA
26/08 – Fortaleza @ GRAB CLUB

Peru
29/08 – Lima @ VOCE

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Assassin Posts "Chaos And Live Shots" DVD Trailer

German thrashers Assassin posted a trailer for the band's upcoming "Chaos and Live Shots" DVD. The releases is due out in September 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band's latest studio effort was the 2011 release "Breaking the Silence." In addition, the band also recently released the legendary debut and sophomore albums (1986's "The Upcoming Terror" and 1988's "Interstellar Experience") as a boxset entitled "Chronicles of Resistance."

Check out the trailer here:

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Assassin Streaming Bonus Track Online

Assassin is currently streaming the song "Low Intensity Warfare" online, which is the bonus track from the digipak edition of the "Chronicles of Resistance" release and was recorded with Japanese band Casbah.

You can check out "Low Intensity Warfare" by heading over to Assassin's MySpace profile here.

The cover artwork and track listing for "Chronicles of Resistance" are also available below.

CD1 - The Upcoming Terror

1. Forbidden Reality
2. Nemesis
3. Fight (To Stop The Tyranny)
4. The Last Man
5. Assassin
6. Holy Terror
7. Bullets
8. Speed of Light
Bonustracks
9. Assassin (Live in Osaka 2010)
10. Baka (Live in Osaka 2010)

CD 2 - Interstellar Experience

1. Abstract War
2. A.G.D.
3. A Message To Survive
4. Pipeline
5. Resolution 588
6. Junkfood
7. Interstellar Experience
8. Baka
Bonustracks
9. Strange World
10. Low Intensity Warfare (Casbah coverversion - performed by Assassin + Casbah 2011) More...

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Assassin Announces "Chronicles Of Resistance"

German thrash act Assassin will be re-releasing "The Upcoming Terror" and "Interstellar Experience" as a two disc set titled "Chronicles of Resistance" on June 17th, 2011. The cover artwork and track listing can be viewed below.

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CD1 - The Upcoming Terror

1. Forbidden Reality
2. Nemesis
3. Fight (To Stop The Tyranny)
4. The Last Man
5. Assassin
6. Holy Terror
7. Bullets
8. Speed of Light
Bonustracks
9. Assassin (Live in Osaka 2010)
10. Baka (Live in Osaka 2010)

CD 2 - Interstellar Experience

1. Abstract War
2. A.G.D.
3. A Message To Survive
4. Pipeline
5. Resolution 588
6. Junkfood
7. Interstellar Experience
8. Baka
Bonustracks
9. Strange World
10. Low Intensity Warfare (Casbah coverversion - performed by Assassin + Casbah 2011)

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Assassin Updates Tour Schedule

Assassin has announced several upcoming Greek and German live shows. The details are as follows:

May 21 8Ball Club Thessaloniki, GR
May 22 An Club, Athens, GR
Jun 3 Ballroom, Osnabrück, Niedersach, GERMANY
Jun 4 Helvete Oberhausen, Nordrhein, DE

Assassin will also be releasing "Breaking The Silence" on March 29th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Breaking The Silence
2. Raise In The Dark
3. Judas
4. Turf War
5. Destroy The State
6. No Fear
7. Kill Or Be Killed
8. Real Friends
9. Strike Back
10. I Like Cola

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Assassin Posts New Song Online

German thrash metal veterans Assassin have posted a new song online entitled, "I Like Cola." The song is being premiered exclusively by Noisecreep.com and can be heard by clicking here.

The new track will appear on the band's uphcoming fourth studio album, "Breaking The Silence," which will be released on March 29th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. Breaking The Silence
2. Raise In The Dark
3. Judas
4. Turf War
5. Destroy The State
6. No Fear
7. Kill Or Be Killed
8. Real Friends
9. Strike Back
10. I Like Cola

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Assassin Reveals U.S. Release Date For New Album

German thrash metal veterans Assassin have announced that their forthcoming new studio album, "Breaking The Silence," will to be released through SPV/Steamhammer Records on March 22nd, 2011.

The tracklisting is as follows:
"Breaking The Silence"
"Raise In The Dark"
"Judas"
"Turf War"
"Destroy The State"
"No Fear"
"Kill Or E Killed"
"Real Friends"
"Strike Back"
"I Like Cola"

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Assassin Reveals New Album Tracklisting

German thrash metal veterans Assassin has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "Breaking The Silence," which is scheduled to be released through SPV/Steamhammer Records on February 25th. The band has also revealed the front cover artwork for the record, which can be seen below.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Breaking The Silence"
"Raise In The Dark"
"Judas"
"Turf War"
"Destroy The State"
"No Fear"
"Kill Or E Killed"
"Real Friends"
"Strike Back"
"I Like Cola" More...

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Sunday Old School: Assassin

German thrash metal is widely hailed as the only international thrash scene that could rival their American counterparts. However, when discussing German thrash, the names Kreator, Destruction and Sodom are the three that are always brought up first. There’s a good reason for this, all three bands were and are outstanding, but if one were to dig deeper then a treasure chest of thrash can easily be uncovered. One of the best examples of hidden German gems, would be the Dusseldorf based, Assassin. The group was formed in 1984 and released a demo shortly afterwards which quickly sold out all five hundred copies. After releasing a second demo entitled, "Nemesis," the band was able to secure a record deal with German label, SPV. The signing allowed them to release their first full length album, "Upcoming Terror," which sold around 15,000 copies.

After recruiting some new members, the band released their second album, "Interstellar Experience" in 1988. The album was widely praised by thrash metal fans and earned the band a supporting slot on Death Angel’s first European tour, which was also a success. The group began working on their third studio album after the tour finished but disaster struck when all of their equipment was stolen by burglars. Not having the money to replace the gear, the group decided to call it a day, leaving work on the album unfinished.

Like many thrash bands however, a reunion was inevitable, an in 2002, Assassin decided to regroup and were quickly offered a spot on the 2003 edition of the famous, Wacken Open Air festival. The performance was critically acclaimed and the band experienced a small but noticeable resurgence in popularity. To celebrate this, a third Assassin album named, "The Club" was finally released in 2005, much to the delight of longtime fans. Although the group have been keeping fairly quiet since then, they recently announced that they have re-signed with SPV, and will be releasing a brand new album in 2011, aptly entitled, "Breaking The Silence." More...

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Assassin Announces New Album Release

Germany's Assassin has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Breaking the Silence." The new album will be released in February, 2011 through SPV Records. In the mean time, you can check out current Assassin tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.

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Assassin Signs To SPV Records

German thrash act Assassin has issued the following brief announcement about signing a record deal with SPV records: "Assassin back at SPV! We have signed a deal with our old fellows SPV Germany. They will re-release Upcoming Terror and Interstellar Experience + our new stuff." You can also check out Assassin's music via the band's MySpace page.

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Assassin Members To Perform With Raging Mob

German thrash act Assassin has issued the following announcement about performing alongside Robert Gonnella's other project Raging Mob at the Wacken Open Air Festival due to travel issues:

"Raging Mob in Wacken 2010 - Wet Stage on 5th of August. Robert will play a show in Wacken 2010 with his Chinese project Raging Mob. Now some of the Chinese band members couldn't come to Germany and we have to help out."

You can also hear several Assassin tracks through the band's MySpace page.

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Fan-Filmed Footage Of Assassin Show Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage has been posted online of German thrashers Assassin performing in Osaka, Japan. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.

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Assassin Announces First Chinese Tour Date

German thrashers Assassin have announced the will be performing their first Chinese tour date on March 24th at the M.A.O. Live House in Beijing. Assassin's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/24 2010 M.A.O. Live House Beijing, China
3/27 2010 TRUE THRASH FEST - Osaka, Japan Osaka
3/28 2010 TRUE THRASH FEST - Osaka, Japan Osaka

Samples of Assassin's music can be heard via their MySpace page.

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Assassin To Headline True Thrash Festival 2010

German thrashers Assassin have announced they will be headlining both days of the True Thrash Fest 2010 in Osaka, Japan alongside At War and Warpath. The festival will take place on March 27th and 28th. Samples of Assassin's music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Assassin Recruits New Bassist And Drummer

German thrashers Assassin have issued the following brief statement about acquiring a new bass player and a new drummer:

"Please welcome our new members JOACHIM KREMER (bass) and BJÖRN SONDERMANN (drums)"

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Destruction Returns To Sodom Show

German thrash metal legends Destruction will once again be taking part in the tribute show honouring the late Sodom drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek. The show will be headlined by Sodom and include performances from Destruction, Tankard, Assassin, Darkness, Holy Moses, Paradox, The Protectors, Blackfire and Wortmord. A message from Destruction mainman Schmier reads as follows:

"If this phone call would have happened earlier, all this painful confusion would have never taken place. Sodom and Destruction have both been on tour lately, I guess that did lead to a couple of misunderstandings that are all solved now.

"There was never any intention to argue about this event in any case! Tom and myself have a friendship since 25 years. The lack of communication via third parties did lead to some turbulent misinterpreting.

"I would like to point out, that we have moved our North American anniversary tour to play at this event. It was always very important to us. We have confirmed our participation already in late 2008. As some may remember, Chris toured with us before on the Eternal Devastation tour in 1986 when our drummer Tommy left the band. Since that day we were real mates! More...

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