93-12-20 Assück – ABC Diabolo – Störfall Mensch – Rezim

Posted: January 26, 2013 in VV 1993
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Assück - ABC Diabolo tourposter 93

I remember that gig! A cold and wet Monday evening… I was walking around aimlessly in Ieper, when I met someone who told me that there was a concert going on at the Vort’n. I just arrived when ‘ABC Diabolo’ were playing their last song. Then ‘Assück’ got on and they blew everybody (some 15-20 people) away. Super gig but a last-minute affair I suspect… I had a long and good conversation with Rob (‘Assück’s drummer) on obscure Floridian metal-bands from way back when…

Steve W., ‘Neuthrone’

‘Assück’ were an “anti-capitalist anarchist grindcore band” from St. Petersburg, Florida. Daryl Kahan (vocalist for ‘Citizen’s Arrest’ and for a short while drummer for ‘Born Against’) sang for ‘Assück’ on this tour (I think Michael Knopp of Common Cause recs was travelling with them.) with ‘ABC Diabolo’ (Paul Pavlovich, co-founder and original singer had left the band the year before). Steve Kosiba played the bass, Rob Proctor was hitting the drums and the guitarist was Steve Heritage. They had an LP out called Anticapital (on Sound Pollution recs). There were also a bunch of 7”s including a limited edition for this European tour called Blindspot and State To State on the Roman label SOA recs. The music is fast, furious, brutal and heavy; the vocals low and guttural. To just call it ‘grindcore’ is too easy; this description (written by Felix Von Havoc, I think) fits better: “Low-calibre battery of brooding, malicious, doom-ridden grind pitched somewhere between early ‘Napalm Death’ and even earlier ‘Bolt Thrower’. They combined shockingly well-written poetic and political lyrics with catchy songs, insane musicianship and a short-fast-loud brutality that no one has topped since.”…

‘ABC Diabolo’, from Saarbrücken, were: Ulrich Steffens (guitar), Andreas Eid (vocals), Jean-Pascal Stoerck (bass) and Kai-Uwe Sommer (drums; later Marc Schönwald). Their music has been compared with ‘Neurosis’ or ‘Septic Death’. Intense, powerful and brutal metal-influenced HC with a crusty feel. They had a 7” on Off The Disk (’92), their debut LP Last Intoxication Of Senses (’93) and the later Give Rise To Doubts (’95) both came out on the Common Cause label.

‘Rezim’, a HC band (sometimes raging, sometimes melodic) from Zlotów (north of Poznan), were Piotr ‘Misiu’ Michas (bass), Tomek ‘Sypa’ Sypniewski (drums), Piotr ‘Skoda’ Skotnicki (guitar; also ‘Włochaty’) and Darek ‘Czacha’ Wesoly (vocals).

‘Störfall Mensch’ were from Metelen (near Münster) and I know they had a demo out… Reinhard ‘Madness’ Vinkelau was the drummer.


‘Citizen Arrest’ [vocalist Daryl Kahan, drummer Patrick Winter, bassist Joseph Brendan Martin & guitarist Janis Chakars] never toured Europe but my experience there with ‘Assück’ was very positive. My new band ‘Funebrarum’ [death-metal] has been touring Europe in February 2012.

Michael is a great guy and was an excellent tour-manager [93].

Daryl Kahan

I do remember playing the Vort’n Vis!

‘Störfall Mensch’ (‘man the intruder’) was a total D.I.Y. Band. ‘Tono B.’ on guitar and vocals, Thomas H. playing the bass and me hitting the drums & shouting. We called our music ‘Pampas-core’ as we were based somewhere in the countryside, far away from the German HC-epicentres, very close to the Dutch border, near Enschede. First time I heard from the Vort’n Vis was from somebody in ‘Chronic Disease’ who also did the artwork for our backdrop… [Brob: I guess that was Sling!?]

I was very glad as Kapper [hairdresser] Roland [That’s Roland Molegraaf, guitarist of ‘Quite Fresh Phobia’], a D.I.Y. booker from Eindhoven who helped us out with some shows in the Netherlands, could also book us in the legendary Vort’n´ Vis on that dark & freezing tour in ‘93. After some serious troubles with our tour-vehicles we were glad getting to Ieper in time… Everybody in the club was very friendly and it was obvious that these people had organised shows before. Even if it wasn’t packed, the atmosphere was good and we had a good time with all the bands. I think we slept on the stage that night. Another thing I remember, was the breakfast. As we had to leave dead early the next morning (playing the Kellnerstrasse squat in Halle/Saale, Germany) we got cakes & tarts served for breakfast which was quite exotic for us, but far better than nothing! Thanx for helping us out!!!

My job nowadays is running a youth-club as a social worker… Old punks never die!!!


Of course I remember this gig at the Vort’n Vis. I recall that there was a nice atmosphere, lovely people (the guitarist of my favourite band ‘Nation On Fire), interesting conversations and a nice reception by the audience. Unfortunately I haven’t got any photos but I have this place in my mind and my heart…

‘Rezim’ was indeed a hardcore band from Zlotów. Now I live in Szczecin and play in Włochaty & ‘WC’ (Legendary punk-rock band formed in 1981. The name means the toilet or the idealized darkness.). At the time I was only playing only in ‘Rezim’. That was the band which outlined the way of playing of other HC/punk bands from Poland in that time. We were mixing hardcore with crossover but it was based on traditional punk-rock. ‘Rezim’ was an underground band, radical and not making compromises, with very anti-political lyrics. In the days of communism (80s) in Poland, ‘Rezim’ couldn’t play legally; the band couldn’t become popular, even in the punk-rock scene! But it became a legend for HC/punk people in our region. Indeed, ‘Rezim’ was playing sometimes raging and sometimes melodic, and the people you have mentioned are those who were playing in ‘Rezim’ in that time. ‘Misiu’ lives in Germany, he started the hardcore band ‘1125’. We have been playing together in another legendary Polish HC/punk project [“a super-group”, tribute-project with some 10 people from the Polish scene] called ‘Tribute To Rejestracja’. ‘Czacha’ has his own music-club in Złotów. I have no contact with Sypa…

I remember ‘Störfall Mensch’ well. They were our friends from Germany. We did 2 tours with them and released a split. We spent a lot of time together. I would like to refresh the contact with ‘Madness’, Tono, Thomas and the rest. ‘ABC Diabolo’ – really cool band, with distorted bass and powerful vocals – were playing fast and bluntly, with a lot of activity on the scene. They were very sympathetic people. ‘Assück’ were very proficient and nice people, we had interesting conversations.

‘Skoda’ from ‘Rezim’

All of us were pretty damn sick on that tour! Never tour Northern Europe in December-January… Though this Belgium show was at the beginning, before the van broke down, etc. This show was a great one.

Wearing my favourite ‘Rorschach’ shirt!

Steve Kosiba

Andreas Eid is running a record-shop in Saarbrücken called Rex Rotari…

Michael Knopp


93-12-20 Rezim (Pol) (by Henk L)93-12-20 Rezim' (Pol) (by Henk L)‘Rezim’ (photos by Henk L.)

93-12-20 Assück (by Henk L)93-12-20 Assück' (by Henk L)93-12-20 Assück (by Karl P)93-12-20 Assück (by Wim DL)‘Assück’ (1&2 by Henk L., 3 by Wim DL, 4 by Karl P. – thanx!)

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 93-12-20 - (book B) ABC Diabolo

VV 93-12-20 - (book B) Assück

VV 93-12-20 - (book B) Störfall MenschVV 93-12-20 - (book B) Störfall Mensch'

VV 93-12-20 - (book B) Rezim

“Greetings to all hardcore people from Poland.” [‘Skoda’ informs: We knew about plans that in that time other bands like ‘Alians’ and ‘Witch World’ would be playing here. Our region was the cities: Złotów and Piła. That was the reason we wrote:] “Pilacy (crews from Piła) if you play here, remember the people from ‘Rezim’. Signed by: Misiu, Czacha, Skoda, Sypa” [I don’t recall what we meant but I can translate it:] Fuck The Geronimo Martens Co.

VV 93-12-20 - (book B) Jan ClausJan ‘Doomy’ Claus comments: “Awkward audience today: there were even 2 drunk B.O.B.-ers [special investigation brigade of the police]!! They liked ‘Rezim’ but they walked out after 10 minutes of ‘Assück’.”

additions wellcome!…


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