Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Düsseldorf, Germany based Thrash Metal band Assassin. Huge thanks to bassist Joachim Kremer for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Joachim. I am the bass player. Assassin were founded 1985 in Düsseldorf/Germany and after two successful demo-tapes, the band was signed by record company SPV/Steamhammer. 1987 the first album “The Upcoming Terror” and one year later the second album “Interstellar Experience” were recorded and released. In 1989 the band split up after some problems and a raid in the rehearsal room.

In 2002 ASSASSIN were re-founded and did their first show at Wacken Open Air in 2003. In 2005 the band recorded and published their third album “The Club” with their own label “AGD Records”, after ASSASSIN played shows all over Europe. In 2009 the band recorded a demo and a year later SPV/Steamhammer signed ASSASSIN once again. April 2010 the band were offered to play a tour in Asia, and they went off to play shows in Beijing and at the True Thrash Fest/Osaka. In summer 2010 the band recorded their fourth album “Breaking The Silence” with producer Harris Johns, which was released in February 2011. In Summer 2011 the first two albums were released as a remaster named “Chronicles of Resistance” with a lot of bonus material. After release they went on tour in countries like Greece, Poland, Denmark and Sweden once again. In 2012 the band played an outstanding South American tour in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. A year later Assassin released their first DVD “Chaos and Live Shots” with SPV/Steamhammer again. Beginning 2014 singer Robert Gonnella left the band. Assassin decided to go on with Ingo “Crowzak” Bajonczak. In October 2015 they went into the studio again to record their fifth album “Combat Cathedral”. It was released May 2016 by SPV again. A short time before the release Michael Hoffmann decided to leave the band because of different musical opinions. A more than capable substitute was found quickly with Frank Blackfire, formally known as guitarist of Sodom and Kreator.

In 2020 the band released their latest album “Bestia Immundis” with Massacre Records/Germany.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany, region Ruhrgebiet/Düsseldorf where Teutonic Thrash Metal was founded.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Bestia Immundis” by Massacre Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Exodus, The Beatles and Frank Zappa.

What first got you into music?

I was invited by a school mate to join his AC/DC cover band as a singer when I was 16 years old.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

The Mothers of Invention

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would like to play Maryland Deathfest in the USA. We never played there and that would be a chance for us.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A pair of socks from a lady after a show in Osaka/Japan.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for your support over the years. Without you we are nothing.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Frank Zappa.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The most I enjoy is my freedom and that I got the chance to play almost the whole world. I hate to play weddings.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ignorance and arrogance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Roxy & Elsewhere” by Frank Zappa.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Teatro Caupolicán, Santiago, Chile.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would like to be a painter, actor or sailor.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Klaus Kinski, Frank Zappa, Saint Francesco, Mila Repa and Marcel Reich-Ranicki.

What’s next for the band?

Writing new songs for a new album and surviving the Corona-crisis.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, Apple Music

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the interview and stay healthy all of you in these weird times.

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