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Review: Messiah - Fatal Grotesque Symbols - Darken Universe
Fatal Grotesque Symbols - Darken Universe

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 13:38
Tracks: 3
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 26, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Fatal Grotesque Symbols - Darken Universe

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Swiss death/thrashers Messiah are about to return with their first full-length studio album since 1994 and are offering this short 3-track EP as a teaser. None of the songs will be on the album. Two are re-recordings ("Space Invaders" and "Hymn to Abramelin") while the title track is a brand-new song.

This is good old-school death/thrash with harsh but clean enough vocals and the music is melodic and heavy, catchy in its own way and tends to stick in your head after a couple of listens. This is quality death/thrash that's extremely old school (unsurprising, considering two of them are old songs), with a bigger emphasis on thrash and somewhat cleaner vocals than what more recent bands in the genre tend to do these days. That's not to say this is watered down in any way. When they're not playing fast and thrashy, the music is very slow and crushingly heavy, and the vocalist somehow manages to add even more heaviness with his delivery. The new song is in the same vein as their old stuff, yet without sounding like the band is stuck in the past. This may be under 14 minutes, but there's a lot of cool stuff to hear on this one. If this doesn't make people pay attention to the upcoming full-length, nothing will.

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