CD review MISSION IN BLACK "Anthems of a Dying Breed"

(7/10) Mission In Black is a rather new metal outfit hailing from Germany. Now 'new' might not be fully correct since it was in 2010 when a first demo has been recorded, followed by some shows, supporting bands like Brainstorm and Mystic Prophecy. 

It's five musicians that started their 'mission in black'. Becky Gaber (v), Daniel Tschoepe (g), Andy Flache (d), Martin Grimm (g) and Hannes Jäger (b), that's Mission In Black and some names sound probably familiar. Some guys have been part of South German thrashers Spellbound while Martin Grimm played at Mystic Prophecy. 

The quintet inked a contract with German El Puerto label and finally, eight years after their "Black Infect" demo, the debut is ready to be shipped to the record stores. The longplayer consists out of 13 songs that the label info describes as thrash metal. This is definitely the case but there's also a strong power metal influence present through-out. Listening to the melodies and leads reminds me more of Mystic Prophecy than thrash. The latter comes more forefront with the straight-on "Judgement Day".

What stands out are the hoarse vocals of singer Becky Gaber. It took me a while to get used to it. That Gaber has good vocal skills is what becomes obvious with the clean vocals sections, but it's the husky parts that become a bit annoying over time.

Besides this smaller side note "Anthems of a Dying Breed" became an aggressive and powerful debut that also benefits from a proper production and a well-crafted sound. Good music in known territory.





  1. Premonition of Chaos
  2. Welcome the Apocalypse
  3. Cold Wings of Vengeance
  4. World on Fire
  5. Judgement Day
  6. Mission in Black
  7. Oceans of Blood
  8. Into the Flames
  9. Godless
  10. Where Demons Sleep
  11. God Forbidden
  12. The Beast Within
  13. First Comes the Blood


Label: El Puerto Records

Genre: Power/Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2018



Tag(s) : #Mission In Black, #Anthems of a Dying Breed, #El Puerto Records, #Power Metal, #Thrash Metal, #Heavy Metal, #News, #CD Review