PESSIMIST - DEATH FROM ABOVE (MDD RECORDS)
(Review by Stefan)
Back in the 80s, the German Thrash Metal movement was led by pioneering grandmasters Kreator, Sodom and Destruction followed by countless other troops of thrash. This type of music grew day by day, and on a worldwide basis, an invasion or Thrash Metal bands took the world by storm. Decades later on now and the scene is still very active partly thanks to those deliver their thrash in a modern way, many others still feel the urge to deliver this wild and free style of music like it used to, the 80s ! To make a long story short, I’d like to spread the word of Pessimist, a five piece band from South Germany those who have released their second CD “Death From Above” a few months back through MDD Records. Pessimist’s name surfaced in August 2006, precedent to their first full CD “Call To War”, they’ve brought out three self financed demo CD’s.
A while ago I received the great ”Baden Metal Compilation Vol.2 – Flight Of The Griffin” album fulfilled with only regional bands. Between the list of participating acts, Pessimist stole my complete attention with the song ‘Feindfahrt’. I never heard of the band before but this song had such an impact on my inner self, I knew to have an appointment with on of the greatest German based Thrash Metal acts in a long time. I received a promo to review, heard the entire several times until now… Pessimist’s “Death From Above” is my favourite Thrash Metal album of 2013, sure it is ! Since the early 80s, I’m totally hooked on this material type of music, more specifically from the Bay Are side of the US. Coincidence must succeed, Pessimist’s way of metal is massively influenced by loads of American old school thrashers like Demolition Hammer, Sadus, Exhorder, Slayer, Exodus, Sacrilege BC, Warbringer, Vio-lence, very early Annihilator/Sepultura/Whiplash. Inevitably and as expected, recognizable movements from compatriotic Thrash Metal soulmates Kretaor, Sodom, Destruction are also be addressed to their new album “Death From Above” which is in fact a brilliant concept album all about war themes.
Due to Pessimist has been influenced by old school Thrash Metal, you might expect to have a deal with just another band in line that has nothing original to offer. In some ways, you got that right but I can guarantee you all that Pessimist nicely knows how to distinguish themselves from most of the other thrash bands. Nothing’s wrong been influenced by one or another, glorious band from the past, yet you have to live up to offer your songs in a very solid way to the listener. Without musical skill and knowledge it’s an impossible mission to complete. In the case of Pessimist, these guys have it all ! The charisma of real thrashers, the focus, the passion and determination to achieve what they want… forget about originality, “Death From Above” has everything on board that will bring you all a very dynamic feast on Thrash Metal, played as it should be !
The screaming, furious and aggressive vocals of Michael ‘TZ’ Schweitzer come to me like a blend of Demolition Hammer’s James Reilly, Sadus’ Darren Travis and Tony Portaro (Whiplash). Be sure he shows no mercy for the weak, his throat seems tailored to be served in a Thrash Metal band like Pessimist. Richard ‘Richie’ Beck and Eric ‘Tormentor’ Tobian’s crunchy guitar riffs are usually offered in a scorching hard and fast manner, as for these guys leads I can only be very satisfied as well. Severin ‘Sevi’ Wössner is the bass killer in charge and Daniel ‘Zufi’ Zuflucht works out the drumslines very controlled but hard, fast and heavy as hell!
As I mentioned before, Pessimist know how to distinguish themselves from most of the average Thrash Metal acts as they prove during the first track ‘Feindfahrt’. By moments, faster than a bullet from a gun, other parts appear in a temperate pace with melodic lines. Same story to tell for next song called ‘World Of Pain’. As for me, I hear some Vio-lence influences when both guitarists fulfilling their riff duties. The title has a nowadays Thrash Metal character in the first part but finally, all hell breaks loose and there is no holding back anymore. What a tempo! ‘The Fallen’ and ‘Antisocial Bastards’ bring a little peace for the neck muscles due the less fast tempi, still great songs anyway! Hopefully your batteries has been recharged because ‘Blood Will Follow’ let the high speed velocities reign supreme once again. Do not forget to gasp for air, otherwise you won’t survive this Thrash Metal frenzy. With ‘Behind The Veil’, Pessimist proving yet again how good they really are. I hear a very well done crafted instrumental from a darn good band ! And than they go thrashing again by offering last two tracks ‘Don’t Care’ and ‘The Last Bastion’… two mighty strong pieces where aggression and melody unite as one. Nine songs spread throughout a running time of 47+ minutes, good for me I survived this storm of raging steel !
REALLY good album by Pessimist, a German band who recently earned a special place in my own collection of all time, over-the-top, excellent Thrash Metal efforts. If these guys will end up in my favourite Top 20 list of 2013, I’m not sure but the probability is quite realistic. Thrashers make a stand and obey to the ruthless forces of Pessimist, order this killer album at the band’s label MDD via the following url: www.mdd-shop.de Watch for their Facebook page right HERE.
My Points: 89 / 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