Origin: Baar, Switzerland  
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Page online: October 13, 2004
Last update/review: September 23, 2020

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

Brogi (R.B. Broggi)

guitars

Patrick Hersche

bass

Steve Karrer

drums (Gurd)

Former Members/Guests

Tschosi (Reto Wilhelm Kuhne)

bass/vocals

Andy Kaina

vocals

Christofer Johnsson

vocals (ex-Carbonized, Demonoid, Therion)

Oliver Koll

bass

Mario Gruniger (guest)

keyboards

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



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)
  • Tschosi
  • Brogi
  • Mario Gruniger
  • Jazzi



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



Psychomorphia  EP
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



The Ballad Of Jesus  EP
1994 Noise
  1. Metal Dance (Mix)
  2. Neverland (Mix)
  3. Kruzzi (Mix)
  4. The Ballad Of Jesus
  • Christofer Johnsson
  • Brogi
  • Oliver Koll
  • Steve Karrer



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  VIDEO
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  LIVE
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. Muenchhausen Syndrom
  12. Battle In The Ancient North
  13. Underground
  14. Future Aggressor
  15. Johannes Paul der Letzte
  16. Total Maniac
  17. Condemned Cell
  18. Birth Of A Second Individual
  19. Right For Unright
  20. Lycantropus Erectus
  21. Extreme Cold Weather
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer



The Choir Of Horrors And Rotten Perish Era Live  LIVE
2018 High Roller
  1. Intro: Prelude Act of Fate
  2. For Those Who Will Fail
  3. Living with a Confidence
  4. Raped Bodies
  5. Psychomorphia
  6. Condemned Cell
  7. Choir of Horrors
  8. Akasha Chronicle
  9. Weeping Willow
  10. Extreme Cold Weather
  11. Enjoy Yourself
  12. Cautio Criminalis
  13. Hymn to Abramelin
  14. Messiah
  15. Lycantropus Erectus
  16. M.A.N.I.A.C.
  17. Choir of Horrors
  18. Münchhausen Syndrom
  19. Cautio Criminalis
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Oliver Koll
  • Steve Karrer



Fatal Grotesque Symbols - Darken Universe  EP
2020 High Roller
  1. Fatal Grotesque Symbols - Darken Universe
  2. Space Invaders
  3. Extreme Cold Weather
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer



Fracmont  
2020 High Roller
  • Andy Kaina
  • Brogi
  • Patrick Hersche
  • Steve Karrer




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