Depressive Age
First Depression


4.5
superb

Review

by Voivod STAFF
April 1st, 2010 | 34 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1992: The debris from the fall of the Berlin wall solidifies most unexpectedly to form an underground tech-thrash masterpiece.

Early 90’s was a rough time for new metal bands to come out to the surface and make a stand. Even rougher for bands like Depressive Age, dedicated at making quirky, frenzied metal music. Not accounting for ANY musical trend for the few years existing as a band, Depressive Age excelled in their bizarre metal domain, gaining critical acclaim mostly in the underground. “First Depression” is the band’s first album.

If someone listens to the band’s debut for the first time, without knowing it’s their first, he/she will instantly (and erroneously) assume that the band has recorded several albums in the past and that this album is the outcome of a long-time progression forward. The level of musicianship on this record is top-notch hands down, although we are talking about a first effort here. Musically speaking, it may seem at first that the band is into plain speed/thrash metal, but eventually it becomes clear that all instruments (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) “talk” to each other in the background, weaving remarkable tech-thrash song structures.

The two guitars – played by Jochen Klemp and Ingo Grigoleit – are in a constant riot, exchanging riffs and solos, making the listener act like he is inside a violent mosh pit. The solos are diverse and mind-blowing. Sometimes they sound like a classical solo violin on fire, whereas at times they are like listening to a demented person’s monologue. The rhythm section - Norbert Drescher at drums and Tim Schallenberg on bass - stands without a flaw, fully endorsing the sudden time signature changes throughout the songs, while copiously following the two guitars’ frenzied course.

The vocals are clearly a love-or-hate case. They sound punkish, with the infamous German accent all over the place, while at times they are awful on purpose. To be crystal clear, Jan Lubitski’s vocals are a similar (yet quirkier) case to Dennis Belanger’s vocals from Voivod.

The album has a decent "old school" production, as it’s the early 90’s and we’re talking about an underground metal band. Every instrument is sounding as it should (although the sound of drums could have more depth), while the mixing is done fairly well.

As a conclusion, “First Depression” is an astonishing tech-thrash album, waiting to be discovered. Better late than never, they say.

Recommended tracks:
The whole record. But every time I listen to “Never be blind” I thrash my body against the walls.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2010


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of my all-time favorite metal albums.

To be honest, i was a bit surprised that this band didn't exist in the sputnik pages.

Please report for any kind of error you might see that i missed.

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Powerban
April 1st 2010


2380 Comments


This band is decent instrumentally but you hit the nail on the head with the vocals. I totally hate when he goes all high pitch. The songs can be very catchy though.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2010


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like his vocals because i like punk music.

And Voivod's vocals sounded to me "awful" at first, but i finally realized why they were like that.

tbh, the DA vocals are one of their strong points.

I like to think of them as a counter reaction to the existing trend in the German and/or the European metal scene in the 80's and 90's, that a metal singer should sing like Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske or Geoff Tate.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beyond Illusions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkrHyH5IU6Q&feature=related


Autumn Times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGQqr8ETVIM&feature=related


Innocent In Detention:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkZHFJJQxv4&feature=related




Arked
May 9th 2011


117 Comments


Wow, this band was really good recommendation Voivod. It's surprising that they're so little-known.

KILL
May 21st 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is damn cool

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KILL
September 14th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god i am thrahsin so fuckin hard fuckin rules ugh fuc

KILL
September 20th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BEEEEEEEEEEEYOND ILLUSIOOOOOOOOONS

CaptainDooRight
September 20th 2012


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing alb

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KILL
September 20th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im thrashin so hard

CaptainDooRight
September 20th 2012


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never stopped

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2012


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I see you are on a prog thrash kick Captain.

Nice.

KILL
September 20th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

CaptainDooRight
September 20th 2012


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bro prog, thrash, heavy metal, blues, weed, classical, jazz,

thrash is roots through, thats the primary, jamin voivod hard too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


19756 Comments


sweet

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Geadom
December 15th 2012


2812 Comments


Vocals kind of suck, but musicianship is top notch. POS, good review. Have to queue this.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2012


6105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Vocals in this one are a "love it or hate it" case.

Personally, I like them a lot, they are out of the ordinary for thrash.

evilford
August 18th 2014


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GO AHEAD ALBUM MAKE MY DAY

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evilford
August 19th 2014


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck

KILL
August 19th 2014


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yea



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