Pim B. : I don't have to tell anyone that heavy metal became extremer in the 80s. In various places on this planet bands were formed that kept expanding the borders of the genre. These new styles became labeled as power metal, speed metal, thrash metal or death metal. Also in the relatively small country of Switzerland some bands made name such as Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Coroner and Messiah.
The latter was formed in 1984 and after a couple of demos they released 'Hymn To Abramelin' in 1986 through Chainsaw Murder Records. That album showed a band that clearly drew influences from Hellhammer as well as the German thrash bands from that time. The did manage to create an original sound that would also give them a cult status. This debut therefor has been reissued many times over the years. Both on LP and CD and often containing bonus material. The last reissues were done by Germany's High Roller Records. This German label is known for their vinyl releases and in 2014 and 2017 this German label released this debut on that format. Now they have added a CD-edition too and it is a very interesting edition. The album has been put on the disc twice. The original 1986 mix and the 1990 remix. So, it is interesting for both the fans of the band but also for the newer generation that is interested in the early days of extreme metal. This CD comes in a nice slipcase and contains a cool poster.
By the way Messiah has reformed earlier this year even when it is in the 1990 line-up. So, besides guitarist Brögi no-one has played on 'Hymn To Abramelin'.