Depresion - _Depresion_
(Morbid, 1997)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
Those of you who believe CoC or the band have misspelt "depression" can rest easy, we got it right and the band do spell it with only one "s" as it is spelled this way in German. Depresion mix the style of bands like Malevolent Creation and Kreator to whip up a storm of brutal bludgeoning death. Sounds boring? Well, it would be if it wasn't done with a reasonable amount of skill. Death metal is a very easy genre to produce mediocre albums in but I am glad to say _Depresion_ is not one of them. It is no _De Profundis_ or _Clandestine_, or even _Left Hand Path_, but it is a very pleasant and quite brutal chunk of meat off the death metal bone. All band duties are handled well by their respective players, the vocals being notably powerful (often a downfall). In approach but not sound it would be fair to compare Depresion to Bolt Thrower, the similarity being that the majority of an album by both bands is made of pounding kickdrums, very bassy guitars and low growling vocals: very heavy in other words. What pushes the album up is the catchy riff that comes in half way through or the less bludgeoning, almost haunting chords used in the middle of a verse or chorus. This way, Depresion squeeze themselves in next to their peers in the niche that someone carved out a long time ago, but which holds a lot of good bands -- and I imagine a few more will squeeze in before the end of the millenium. A good debut -- we could see good things from Depresion in the future.

Contact: Morbid Records, Postfach 3, 03114 Drebkau, GERMANY

(article published 5/2/1997)


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