Messiah where a band from Switzerland that has a history that goes back to the 1980's that played a musical style that mixed death and thrash metal together and this is a review of their digital 2012 compilation album "Extreme Hymns And Ballads Of A Rotten Psycho Underground Cult" which was released by Massacre Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into the music, while the bass guitar has a very strong and powerful tone with riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding with riffing combing death and thrash metal together which utilize alot more talent and skill when the newer songs are played along with a brief use of clean playing as well as some influences from traditional metal, while the lead guitars are very raw, primitive and chaotic sounding death/thrash metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to add another dimension of darkness to the music.
Vocals are mostly high pitched death/thrash metal screams along with some deep death metal growls in addition there is a brief use of clean singing Gregorian chants being utilized on one song as well as some clean singing being utilized on another song, while the lyrics cover dark, hateful, anti christian and occult themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it with some songs being recorded live.
In my opinion Messiah where a very great sounding death/thrash metal hybrid and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Messiah" "Extreme Cold Weather" "Dark Lust" and "Total Maniac". RECOMMENDED BUY.