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GERMAN POLITICAL METAL

A FLAME IN DARKNESS


These German metal artists/bands give a glimpse into a not-so-hidden reality: political metal. Is this new? Take an inside look.

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ASSASSIN

They blazed onto the scene in 1985. Assassin's 1987 'Upcoming Terror' was daring political metal during Soviet East Berlin and looming world war.

Robert Gonnella says of the album: "Our lyrics at the that time were the first one in thrash about social issues. At the time other bands sang about Satan or violence, etc.

...I always wanted to mirror the days we live in. I never made one lyric 'cause ASSASSIN might get better sales."

Frank Gosdzik (of Kreator, Sodom) and Ingo Bajonczak joined after members' Gonnella and Michael Hoffmann's departure.

ASSASSIN's new album comes next spring in 2019!


DESASTERKIDS

They've been mainstays in the German metalcore scene for almost a decade. And DESASTERKIDS is never shy about social justice and staying true to oneself. The band pushes the limits every time.

The following excerpts a relevant 2013 interview with DESASTERKIDS in both German and English.

"(Dearly Demented)

(Dearly Demented)

(VICE)


 DORO

Doro Pesch is synonymous with German metal! You can't separate the two. She was lead vocalist for the witchy woman-thrash Warlock before numerous, successful solo compositions. Another one is here!

'Forever Warriors, Forever United', the cover and the title form a perfect unit. It all fits perfectly in line with the songs, which also deal with some political themes."

 

It's a metal reunion and empowerment campaign all in one.

There are some big anthems on the album...the album is supposed to give you power!"

She rocked it at Wacken too, appearing as a Germanic metal muse who riles the world. Her songs eternally inspire.


HEAVEN SHALL BURN

 

 


KREATOR

Kreator sets the precedent for any political band, period. They disregard formulaic, predictable metal to make music that challenges our world paradigm since 1982.

Metal changed through Kreator's influence. So did the artistic boundaries.

 


LINUS KLAUSENITZER

The technical metal virtuoso is young and very progressive. Obscura's new album Diluvium displays Klausenitzer's exposure to a "global metal" scene.

Such a growing culture is definitely proven when he promotes fellow heavy-hitters Kaoteon from Lebanon/the Netherlands.

"I'm very fortunate...for example, I work with people from Lebanon and Pakistan and everywhere. It's amazing.

It's super-interesting, the music they bring in and I learn from that. Most German bands and metal bands can be very conservative. They don't want a lot of changes. In our scene, it's different."


MIOZÄN

 


 REZET

Rezet are young northern German metal musicians (Schleswig), and literally preteens when the band first formed in 2003.

They have been a paradoxically well-known yet underground force--sets are notoriously brutal. Rezet evolved into speed and thrash by 2010's debut album.

'Reality Is A Lie' followed in 2014. The band already performed at Headbangers and Wacken Open Air.

"Freedom is a word but its meaning is missed! Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil..."

 

You Asked For It is a sleeper hit. Its unapologetical songs pull no punches--high-octane energy and lyrical content.

'Minority Erazer' warns about the 'master race' and their apocalpytic doomsday plan--"no one will survive!"

Rezet's political thrash anthem even samples the infamous Trump phrase: "We will make America great again." An ominous alarm rings throughout it.

'Thrash Their Hate' defiantly calls for retaliation against hateful views. The millennial German metal generation may set a standard for political metal messages.


TANKARD

One Foot In the Grave contained the song 'Syrian Nightmare' about war atrocities there.


THRÄNENKIND

 

 


TREEDEON

The lyrics are fueled by a multitude of political issues including general disenchantment with current events and the world order."


U.D.O.

"We're living in a decadent world. Let's say Germany or America, they're rich countries but they have something wrong in this world.

That's where I came up with the idea to write lyrics for the 'Decadent' album.

 


VARG

They're a black-pagan metal band who, like the previous bands, are unafraid to dig deeper and invoke uprising through sound.

2016's Das Ende aller Lugen (The End of All Lies) starts with the radical trifecta: 'Der Gro e Diktator (The Great Dictator), 'Das Ende aller Lugen', and 'Revolution'.

"Mass media dictates what we must look like and feel...politicians find more and more ways to take away our freedom and watch our every step.

We do all this under the pretext of individualism and so-called safety. But ultimately we're all the same: blind sheep feasting on every shit we get served.

And people are frustrated! But they address their hatred in the wrong direction: minorities, foreigners, you name it.

The imagery is very drastic indeed, I agree. But we want to wake people up!" (New Noise Magazine)