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Review: Poison - Into the Abyss
Into the Abyss

Label: Iron Pegasus Records
Year released: 1993
Duration: 32:52
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Into the Abyss

Rated 4.42/5 (88.33%) (24 Votes)

Poison is a name that everyone first associates with the commercially successful glam band from L.A., but back in 1993 there was this German Death/Thrash band and this is their only full-length CD. Into the Abyss contains four songs that last barely a half an hour. The disc itself is a riff fest, spiced up by the speed and the headbanging material offered here as well. The band exudes that genuine underground charm – everything from the raw production (messy at best), the members' kvlt names to the crappy cover art scream low budget. Lyrically this is Satanic all the way through, they pull no surprises here as this stuff was typical for this kind of band.

The members of Poison are good enough musicians, better than their glam counterparts. Singer "Virgin Slaughter" Weber spills out pure venom in his vocals. If I had to make a comparison I'd say he sounds like the singers from Deströyer 666 or Sauron. Uli "Angel of Death" Hildenbrand's guitar is solid but his talent doesn't lie in his technical ability but in the brutality of the riffs performed here. "Incubus Demon" Krampe is sort of there, you can't really notice him unless you pay attention. Alex "Witchhammer" GilliarMs drumming is good; he provides the necessary aggression to the songs, having said that his style is nothing new and has been heard thousands of times.

Into the Abyss is neither a classic nor an essential album by any means; in fact I think that this is above average, the reason for that is that while the record has nice instrumental passages, it feels very disjointed and not really making a song. You can easily get lost unless you are paying a lot of attention – the most glaring example of this is "Scars of the Crucifix", and this nine minute epic shows perfectly the good and bad things that this record has. Unfortunately for Poison this album came out in the midst of the European Death Metal movement of the 90's. Combined with poor label support, this work went largely unnoticed. That is a damn shame as I would have liked to see what this band could have accomplished with a couple more albums.

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