One of the leading German pagan metal bands.
It all started in 1992, when BLACK MESSIAH where founded as a pure old-school black metal band. They first followed the path of their idols Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and Possessed and recorded a demo in 1995. In 1996 the first important change came for the band: two members were leaving, so the opportunity for Zagan (who joined a classical musical education) came to change the bands´ sound into a different direction. Folkloristic and classical elements were conducted into the BLACK MESSIAH sound. The debut album “Sceptre of Black Knowledge“ was released by Last Episode in 1998. It was a mix of the bands´ black metal roots and their new influences. The album features a lot of guest musicians, such as Frank “Blackfire” Gosdzik who is well-known from his works with Sodom and Kreator. After contractual disputes with their record company, BLACK MESSIAH recorded a 3-track demo on their own in 2000. One year later came another important step in their career: Zagan´s intention to bring the band on stage grew bigger and bigger, so he decided to form a solid line-up. Meanwhile Zagan composed a lot of new songs and finally found a strong line-up for BLACK MESSIAH, that allowed to play live and raise the band to the next level. After being tested in several live gigs, BLACK MESSIAH released their second album “Oath Of A Warrior” in 2005 by Einheit Produktionen. This piece of work completed the change of style, from black metal to pagan/viking metal. “Oath Of A Warrior” became a very successful, was praised by critics and fans alike and made BLACK MESSIAH one of the most respected bands in the German pagan metal scene. . For example, the METAL HAMMER said: „Beautiful, epic pagan metal to take off“ (6 out of 7 points) and the LEGACY attested the band „extraordinary class“ (13 out of 15 points). Several concerts, festivals gigs and a European tour with the Irish band Cruachan followed. Their good reputation and the bands´ very professional working attitude resulted in a new contract with AFM Records, who released BLACK MESSIAH´s third album “Of Myths And Legends” in November 2006. A European tour with Tyr and Odroerir saw BLACK MESSIAH perform in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland and Austria, as well a on numerous festivals (Summer Breeze, Ragnarök 4, Pagan & Viking Festival Pt. II, Fiesta Pagana, Ultima Ratio...).