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Breaking The Silence - Carsten Bahr - 8 stars
Breaking The Silence - Umberto Mino - 5 stars


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Breaking The Silence

Breaking The Silence
(SPV - 2011)


Second album for Assassin after their comeback of this century, after the ugly The Club released in 2005, this must be the mark of quality of their return. Can Assassin return to the eighties splendor??? Can this new Breaking The Silence take to the top once again Assassin?? In my opinion the answer is NO.... Many reason for this brutal answer, the first is the quality of the songs not so high and the voice of Robert Gonnella isn't in shape. This is not a good business card for a band after a bad album like The Club, and this is not enough to conquer new and old fans. Breaking The Silence is produced by the famous Harris Johns, but also a name like that is not enough to elevate this album. Ten songs of furious old school thrash metal, that is what this CD is made of - where the level sometimes is good (Kill Or Be Killed), but in the totality the level is really under a good rating standard. The old school thrash die hard fans will not accept this review, but that's life.... There's also some funny moments in this album like I Like Cola, but at the end of this you really need a cola for making your mouth sweet!!
Sorry guys, but we expect more from you!!!!


5 stars

Umberto Mino
 

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Breaking The Silence

Breaking The Silence
(SPV - 2011)


The Silence Assassin made a lot fans in the 80's with their demos Holy Terror and The Saga Of Nemesis, in 1987 they released the album The Upcoming Terror - and their following grew with Interstellar Experience in 1988. For many fans Assassin was one of the bands which could have an international break-through like Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Fans know, it didn't happen. Guitarist Michael Hoffmann joined Sodom when Frank Blackfire left the band and in 1989 Assassin disbanded. In 2003 they revived the band for playing Wacken and then toured with Sodom. In 2005 the album The Club marked their comeback on disc, unfortunately not a very convincing comeback. With Breaking The Silence the Düsseldorf-based band gives it another try. Again they worked with producer Harris Johns and signed a deal with their former label SPV - an indicator that they want to revive their past with hyperfast thrash metal. The album opener, the title track Breaking The Silence shows that they guys are back on track! It's a straight forward thrasher which gets ennobled by the fast guitar play of Hoffmann and Scholz. They continue with Raise In The Dark and stay on the chosen path, Judas will be live a highlight and everybody will join in. A bit punky are the hyperfast Destroy The State and No Fear while they go full force with Kill Or Be Killed and Real Friends. They take no prisoners and fire riffs relentlessly while fast solo parts are highlighting the songs. Speed changes add some variety. Only I Like Cola can't keep the quality level, it's a fun tune... a joke. Singer Robert Gonella's voice will divide the fans as his vocals are still seems to be out of tune, raw and are more based in hardcore and punk. Anyway, Assassin managed to record an album which give them the chance to gain back the success they had and make people forget about The Club.


8 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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