Origin: Switzerland
Genres:

Messiah  


A cult Swiss extreme band from the 80's, Messiah generated a pretty healthy following in their early days despite being unsigned, the sales of their first two releases finally prompting them to sign with Noise Records in 1991. The album reviewed here is the debut, 1986's Hymn To Abramelin, arguably the band's most well-known album. The music is rather primitive thrash metal with clear pre-death metal tendencies (death metal had not yet matured then), a bit dated when listened to in 2004 but quite extreme, and no doubt influential, in its time. The band managed several releases over the course of their career, with the curious inclusion of Therion's main main Christofer Johnsson on their final album, Underground.

Current Members

Christofer Johnsson

vocals (Carbonized, Demonoid, Therion)

Brogi (R.B. Broggi)

guitars

Oliver Koll

bass

Steve Karrer

drums (Gurd)

Former Members/Guests

Andy Kaina

vocals

Tschosi (Reto Wilhelm Kuhne)

bass/vocals

Patrick Hersche

bass

Jazzi (Rolf Heer)

drums


Discography



Hymn To Abramelin 
1986 Chainsaw M.
  1. Hymn To Abramelin
  2. Messiah
  3. Anarchus
  4. Space Invaders
  5. Thrashing Madness
  6. Future Aggressor
  7. Empire Of The Damned
  8. Total Maniac
  9. The Dentist
  10. Wytchcircle *
  11. Speed Fight *
  12. Mortal Bells *
  13. (Never Provide) The Key Of Hell *
  • Tschosi
  • Brogi
  • Jazzi

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Extreme Cold Weather 
1988 Chainsaw M.
  1. Extreme Cold Weather
  2. Enjoy Yourself
  3. Johannes Paul Der Letzte (Dedicated In Hate To Pope John Paul II)
  4. Mother Theresa (Dedicated In Love To Mother Theresa)
  5. Hyper Bores
  6. Radezky March: We Hate To Be In The Army Now
  7. Nero
  8. Hymn To Abramelin (Live)
  9. Messiah (Live)
  10. Space Invaders (Live)
  11. Thrashing Madness (Live)
  12. Golden Dawn (Live)
  13. The Last Inferno (Live)
  14. Resurrection (Live)
  15. Ole Perversus (Live)

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Extreme Cold Weather / Hymn To Abramelin  COMPILATION
1990 Nuclear Blast
  1. Hymn to Abramelin
  2. Messiah (new version)
  3. Anarchus
  4. Space Invaders
  5. Thrashing Madness
  6. Future Agressor
  7. Empire of the Damned
  8. Total Maniac
  9. The Dentist
  10. Extreme Cold Weather
  11. Enjoy Yourself
  12. Johannes Paul der Letzte (Dedicated in Hate to Pope John Paul II)
  13. Hyper Borea
  14. Radezky March: We Hate to Be in the Army Now
  15. Nero




(EP) Psychomorphia 
1991
  1. Birth Of A Second Individual
  2. Psychomorphia
  3. Right For Unright
  4. M.A.N.I.A.C.
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer




Choir Of Horrors 
1991 Noise
  1. Choir Of Horrors
  2. Akasha Chronicle
  3. Weeping Willows
  4. Lycantropus Erectus
  5. Münchhausen Syndrom
  6. Cautio Criminalis
  7. Northern Commans
  8. Weena
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer




Rotten Perish 
1992 Noise
  1. Prelude: Act Of Fate
  2. For Those Who Will Fail
  3. Living With A Confidence
  4. Raped Bodies
  5. Lines Of Thought Of A Convicted Man
  6. Contiction
  7. Condemned Cell
  8. Dreams Of Eschaton
  9. Anorexia Nervosa
  10. Deformed Creatures
  11. Alzheimer's Disease
  12. Ascension Of A Divine Ordinance
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer




Underground 
1994 Noise
  1. Battle In The Ancient North
  2. Revelation Of Fire
  3. Underfround
  4. Epitaph
  5. The Way Of The Strong
  6. Living In A Lie
  7. Screams Of Frustration
  8. The Ballad Of Jesus
  9. Dark Lust
  10. One Thousand Pallid Deaths
  11. The End
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Brogi
  • Oliver Koll
  • Steve Karrer




(EP) The Ballad Of Jesus 
1994 Noise
  1. Metal Dance (Mix)
  2. Neverland (Mix)
  3. Kruzzi (Mix)
  4. The Ballad Of Jesus




Powertrash / The Infernal Thrashing  COMPILATION
2004 Iron Pegasus
  1. The Doom - Intro
  2. Powertrash
  3. Metal March (Instrumental)
  4. Space Invaders
  5. Future Aggressor
  6. Empire of the Damned
  7. Total Maniac
  8. Satan's Resurrection
  9. Antichrist (Pure Hardcore Speed Track)
  10. Hymn to Abramelin
  11. Messiah
  12. Infernal Forces
  13. Thrashing Madness
  14. Total Maniac (live)




20 Years Of Infernal Thrashing Madness 
2004




Unreleased Demo  COMPILATION
2007 Iron Pegasus
  1. The Opening (The Crucifixion)
  2. The Antichrist
  3. Metal March
  4. Total Maniac
  5. Grave Hill
  6. Speed Fight
  7. Satan's Resurrection
  8. Witchcyrcle
  9. Mortal Bells
  10. (Never Provide) The Key of Hell
  11. Ending




Reanimation 2003 - Live At Abart 
2010 Massacre
  1. Intro
  2. H.T.A.M./Messiah
  3. Space Invaders
  4. Enjoy Yourself
  5. Choir Of Horrors
  6. Akasha Chronicle
  7. Line Of Thought Of A Convinced Man
  8. Cautio Criminalis
  9. Living With A Confidence
  10. Raped Bodies

  11. Disc 2
  12. Muenchhausen Syndrom
  13. Battle In The Ancient North
  14. Underground
  15. Future Aggressor
  16. Johannes Paul der Letzte
  17. Total Maniac
  18. Condemned Cell
  19. Birth Of A Second Individual
  20. Right For Unright
  21. Lycantropus Erectus
  22. Extreme Cold Weather


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