MISSION IN BLACK - BLACK INFECT (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
I’m an ardent fan of Bay Area Thrash Metal since the 80s, with pioneers like Slayer, Exodus, Dark Angel, Forbidden, Death Angel, Hallows Eve, Sentinel Steel, Blessed Death among others… I will never forget these years of Thrash Metal frenzy! It was a scene as strong as solid steel, now we’re decades later on and it feels good to know that many Bay Area bands still deliver the best in Thrash Metal music. Other interesting fact to mention is that beyond the US, also European bands marched on like true warriors of steel, armed and ready to offer their way of Metal in a Bay Area way. Too many to mention them all, I’d like to present one of the newcomers within the German Metal movement, make notice of a four piece German band named Mission In Black !
Formed in 2010 by ex members of Thrash Metal formation Spellbound, Hannes Jäger (vocals/bass), Andy Flacher (drums) and guitar player Daniel Tschoepe. A bit later on, Mystic Prophecy lead guitarist Martin Grimm joined forces to provide his endless skills to the band. Very strong unit, they were ready to take the world by storm. A first demo called “Black Infect” was recorded by Axel Heckert at Studio 22 (Brainstorm, Symphorce), late 2010. Unfortunately this is the only demo that Mission In Black had achieved up to date. And the same old story repeated itself, these guys are so damn great I can’t understand why they’re still have to announce as an unsigned band. Trust me on my word, Mission In Black’s “Black Infect” is a fantastic four song release, actually a demo that looks, and sounds very professional. In my opinion they really deserve a record deal !
Predominantly, Mission In Black deliver Bay Area styled Thrash Metal alternately unadulterated with melodic Power Metal influences. First son ‘Mission In Black’ opens with a Power/Heavy Metal riff, shortly after it’s time to let the beast go wild as soon as singer Hannes starts to scream and sing in way Chuck Billy (Testament) does. Power/Heavy Metal riffs have to step back to make place for a real invasion of Bay Area Thrash Metal passages that take me by the throat. First song and the band has immediately left a good impression. Next ‘Holy War’ is even better and in my favourite for sure. This one also featured on “Baden Metal Compilation – Vol. 2”, awesome song structure, fully Bay Area influenced. Thrashing rhythms, flammable/scorching leads and vocals in the line of Testament’s big chief Chuck Billy. I really like this one… Testament/Slayer fans, you’re warned !
Mission In Black not lose its grip on the musical details. This is a very talented and wise bunch of talented players, a team that feels good to each other as they also prove outstandingly during the two last songs, the mid tempo paced headbanger ‘Immortal’ and ‘Legendary Drunk’ (…And Ordinary Wasted!’). This last Power Metal driven track allows you to go exuberant again while screaming along with the refrain by raising your bucket of beer to the sky. That’s what Metal is all about, right!
A while ago, Mission In Black posted on their FB page they’re on the hunt for new singer, check it out HERE. What the future for the band holds I don’t know but where I am sure about is that these guys are too damn good to stop their existence so they simply have to be back with a new line-up soon. If they are fortunate enough to sign a proper contract afterwards, I see a bright future for them. MIB deserve it and would be a good asset to the world of Power/Thrash Metal! http://www.missioninblack.de/ / http://www.reverbnation.com/missioninblack
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish