GM: Messiah, the Death-Trash legend will play tomorrow a very important gig, which is also a super event, because it is one of the
few gigs of the Reanimation 2003. Now to my question. why this reunion, and why so short?
B: Last November 2002 we decided to do only two shows, first of all, Andy lives in Mexico and the second thing is that we didnt want to destroy the cult status,
because with new songs and more touring it wouldnt be Messiah, and thats why we decided to do just two shows with the old stuff.
GM: Massacre Records has re- released the old brutal stuff of the early years of your career as Extreme Cold Weather and
Hymn to Abramelin, why are these albums reproposed?
B: It was a strange story how it started, coz during the last ten years i had nothing to do with music or
Messiah at all, but a friend of mine showed me a catalogue which had Messiah shirt in it and it was from Metal
Merchant, a subcompany of Massacre Records, and i found out that they have sold a lot of shirts, and
they were from Displeased Records and rare bootlegs. When i got in contact with them, they told me that they didnt know that these
were rare bootlegs, and i got in more and more. So we decided to do new shirts legally. When i married last year , i invited also the old band members
and talked with them about it and after seeing that the shirt selling was running rather good, we decided to re release with Massacre Records the two old CDs. And so we decided to
do not a reunion, but just a reanimation with the 92' line up.
Which are your future projects after this Reanimation, do you have some side projects?
B: Each of the members of Messiah has their own band, and i started now a solo project which is called
Mourning Side, which is a kind of very extreme music mixed with classical music, Steve the drummer is playing with Mirto
Massaker, they do cover from IronMaden, Motörhead and stuff like that.
Fruggator the bass player played with Succubus, but they split up now and Andy is doing nothing with music. What you have
heard today from Andy during the soundcheck was the first time since 10 or 12 years that he makes music agin. He just does it for us and the fans.But we had some little problem, because we thought he was arriving on sunday from Mexico, but he didnt, and on monday he still didnt arrive and we all thought "shit, we have to cancel everything" and i contacted the singer of my solo project, but at the end
he shows up and we had at least two days for some rehearsal.
What is Death or Thrash Metal for you?
B: Death and Thrash start in the middle of the 80' and that time it was a kind of music which came directly from the heart with melody,to listen to
blasting bands from today is different.
The name Messiah, it's an old question i think, did you take this name to transmit something like a message to the people, or did you take it just because it sounds good?
B: When we started, we had a problem with religion, because we think that noone has to tell you what to do, and so we decided that we would be our own
messiah, we do what we think and so its a symbol for what you have to do, what
your own feelings tell you.
You began your career completely by yourself. You recorded the first tape by yorself, than
it came a studio in Switzerland with no engineer and without a producer, but,
in this way, one learns the job. Do you think so?
B: Yeah, it was crazy,it was just feeling, because we didnt start with the purpose to get some kind of special band. We just did the sound we were feeling and we liked
, it was the only possibility with this studio in Baar where we also had our rehearshal room and so we started by ourselves, it was just
Could you tell me something about Celtic Frost, because i think they were a kind of inspiration and help for you, your first gig was together with them...
B: Tschösi, the original singer and bass player,
had a contact to Tom G. Warrior and Martin Ain and so we did our first really big show together with Celtic Frost in 86' in St Gallen.
Could you tell me, why in the metal scene Jesus Christ is that often to
be seen on cover art, or shirts?
B: Because it is a fucking shit symbol, it is a perfect symbol for religion and we hate religon. We are almost atheistic people and we use this symbol as a provocation and to say that you dont have to live with
Lets talk about the gig of tomorrow. Lots of people are awaited for the show and lot of them come from far away to see you playing. How do you live this moments and what are your expectations?
B: It's crazy, we dont feel a big pressure on us, but with the re releases we put the old songs in the foreground and so we did with our setlist for tomorrow. we have
planned everything well, in order to have a good mixture of the old songs. I dont know what more i can say
, we will see tomorrw, But we are proud that so many people come to see us after all this time.
For sure we will do our best!!!
What do you think about the many come -backs of the older bands, all the reunions which took place in the last few years?
B: I dont think that it is a bad thing, but since i started to work again with
Messiah for the re releases, i've just seen that every month about 50 new releases get dropped on the market and now all the older bands get added to the already full market. Who can pay all that. This
is one of the reasons, why we dont do a reunion but just a short
This is our typical Gryphonmetal last question, it is called the game of the tower.
there is a very high tower and on this tower there are three bands wayting for you
the bands for you Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath
B: Without any discussion i would save Black
Thank you so much Brögi!!