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Sunday Old School: German Jokers, 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."

Assassin - Assassin

Assassin - Abstract War

Assassin - Junk Food

Assassin - Bushwhackers

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. hellrat writes:

right on brother....had actually never heard of these dudes

you know i like my cheese, and this sh!t is dripping :)

i get a kick out of these dudes....fvckin classic!

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Cheers mate, glad you like them! Also, if you're still interested, here's the SOS on Budgie. I added an extra song to it too ;)

http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=49118

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. hellrat writes:

hell ya man, just checked it out!

my, weren't you spare with your words back in them days ;)

great picks on the songs...i'm guessing the new one is zoom club? fvckin killer tune

awesome work mate \m/

so hey what about turning on the 'underground to that premier Norsk Svart that starts with E???

do it for the people brother :)

# Nov 14, 2010 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. TheProkrastinator writes:

Perfect thrash band right there man! Thanks for the article ozz.
I do hope these guys come on tour in the UK allthough I wouldn't be surprised if they just did Germany :( I don't think I have enough money to travel there.. I'll sell a kidney.. Assassin are so worth it.

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5. Diamond Oz writes:

They'll be the first article of December mate. Call it my Christmas present to you.

Proko, I will sell one of my kidneys so you can go to Germany and see them. Call it my christmas present to you.

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6. Triforce writes:

Only Sodom is better than Assassin when it comes to German Thrash, well done man. Sick song choices too.

# Nov 15, 2010 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

Black Christmas!!!

fvck yeah :)

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