After a 10 year stint with german Thrash Metal legend ASSASSIN, Michael Hoffmann decided to quit the band. His departure showed up on the horizon, as the band worked on the last album “Combat Cathedral”, were he did hardly contribute. After a long period of thinking and in awareness of the musical direction, Assassin was taking, he made this personal decision. A replacement had to be found quick, as the band is preparing to hit the stages, from mid September on, to present their actual output and the band classics live. Luckily they found not only a replacement, but an addition to the groups ranks: Frank Blackfire, best known for his work with KREATOR and SODOM will be the man on the second guitar! Be prepared for some merciless live shows! More EU dates to follow soon.
16.9. Little Devil- Tilburg / NL
7.10. Magnapop – Krefeld
8.10. Night of Desaster Festival- Heilbronn
12.11. Sojus 7 – Monheim
18.11. Lezard OZ Metalfest – Saint-Dizier / France
13.1. Kulttempel-Festival – Oberhausen
14.1. Kuzifest – Emden
Frank Blackfire is a German guitarist, who started exploring and listening to his father´s Rock´n Roll albums at the early age of 6, and therefore learned how to love this genre and became a musician. Frank started to play guitar at the age of 15, and then at the age of 18 joined a cover band in which he played classic songs of acts such as Judas Priest or Saxon.
About 2 years later Frank joined the German Thrash legends Sodom, and entered with them the Music Lab Studios in Berlin, to record the “Expurse Of Sodomy” EP and later the famous “Persecution Mania” album, which were produced by Harris Johns. The album has been promoted on European tour, which was documented on the legendary “Mortal Way Of Live” live album and video. In 1989 the band completed another classic album, “Agent Orange”, which as the first German Thrash Metal album ever entered German charts. Frank left Sodom in 1989, but as his friends from Kreator were in need of a guitarist, he joined their ranks to support them on their North American tour. Soon after that he became regular member of the band, and except touring with Kreator, recorded with them the classic “Coma Of Souls” album (1990), “Renewal” (1992) and “Cause For Conflict” (1995).
After leaving Kreator in 1996 Frank focused on other music genres, and also started to teach guitar playing. Between 2000 and 2006 Frank lived in Brazil, where he was playing with several bands, and where he released an album and an EP with his band Mystic. In 2007 Blackfire joined Sodom at the Wacken Open Air festival stage, and then appeared on the Chris Witch Hunter Memorial Festival in 2008. In 2013 Frank started to work on his solo album titled “Back On Fire”, which was completed and released in 2015.
FRANK BLACKFIRE “Back On Fire” CD out now, featuring:
Frank Blackfire – guitars, vocals
John A.B.C. Smith – bass guitar, vocals
Toni Merkel – drums
and special guests:
Tom Angelripper – vocals in “Insane Human Race”
Nancy Kunze – vocals in “Beautiful World”