Here is Kai from DEPRESSION, and I want to tell you a few things about us. This is the history of DEPRESSION from the very beginning until today:
The band was started back in 1989. My former bands Gods of Grind and Mortuus weren't very active at that time, so I wrote a couple of songs on my own. I wanted to play in a band that combine the brutal power and heaviness of Death Metal with the incredible speed and kick-ass structures of Grindcore. But there were no musicians in my area who wanted to join such an uncompromising project , so I wrote a couple of songs for my own ,and DEPRESSION was born as a one-man "band". I released these songs on the first demo "Tal der Tränen" (1990). This was more Noisecore than Grind, but I was on the left hand path. It was the first recording I ever made, so it was really bad and only a few friends got a copy!
In the year of 1992 it was time for my second demo "Vergessene Welten". It was a lot better than "Tal der Tränen", especially the sound and the layout. The music style shifted more to Grindcore with some Death Metal influences. I sold some tapes in Germany, but without much promotion and only for a short time.
In 1993 there were enough songs finished for another demo and this time I tried to find a vocalist for DEPRESSION, because I didn't like my growling. I found the perfect shouter in Marc. He really liked my music and so he joined DEPRESSION. Since 1993 DEPRESSION was a two-piece-band! Marc has written most of the lyrics on the third demo "...in Verzweiflung". It was Death Metal with Grindcore influences. This demo was spread all over the world and we got nice responses from the fans and the critics (certainly not from all, but most of them). Due to various reasons (we both joined the band Dismal) it got very quiet around the DEPRESSION camp after this demo.
Well, in 1995, after a long break of two years, DEPRESSION were back! A lot of fans asked us about those old demo tapes, but we didn't sold them anymore. Marc and I both still like the old stuff and so we had the idea to release the three demos again (new recorded and with new layout) on our fourth demo "Erinnerungen". This tape was really a big success, as the two different editions we made (400 copies altogether) are sold out and we got a lot of cool new underground contacts.
In Autumn of 1996 we released our debut 7" EP, "Ein Hauch von Moder" on Gulli Records. We were really satisfied with this EP. We got absolutely fantastic reactions and responses from the underground world-wide, and needless to say it was a huge step forward for DEPRESSION! This EP was limited to 800 copies and it was pressed on purple vinyl and we pay tribute to one of our main inspirations, Blood, with the song "Dogmatize". But instead of resting on this success we carried on with DEPRESSION to keep on corrupting the world with "groovy Death/Grind".
And so, in late summer of 1997, "Böses Blut" (a split-CD with the gods Agathocles) came out of the dark! This was certainly the pinnacle in the history of DEPRESSION at the time, a dream come true, you could say! I'm still very satisfied with the whole CD. The songs, the sound and the layout were almost perfect to me. This time we covered "Thy Beauty" from Grindcore legends Fear Of God. With this release, we reached so many new freaks on the globe who hadn't heard something from us before. The very positive letters showed us that there was still an active and enthusiastic underground scene for such brutal music!
At the end of 1997, we released a new split 7" EP, "Die Zeiten ändern sich" with German grinders Maggot Shoes. It was strictly limited to 500 hand-numbered pieces of orange-coloured vinyl and it was well within the DEPRESSION style and attitude. Some people said that this was the best recording from DEPRESSION so far and I still like it, too (and not only because of our crazy version of "Heart Of Illinois" from Impetigo!).
To had a good start in 1998, Hierba Records unleashed a DEPRESSION split-tape with the Spanish Noise-Grindcore band Hierba. Our part contained really old rehearsals and party-live recordings. There are really funny versions of Impetigo's "Boneyard" and Blood's "Dogmatize"...don't take it seriously, it's pure fucking Noise and a cool remembrance to the ancient times...Enjoy or die!
There were still a few songs left from the "Ein Hauch von Moder" studio-session '96, so in April of 1998 we finally released these songs on the "Ein Hauch von Moder Part II" split 7" EP with German gore-deathers Rejectamenta. In the vein of our debut EP in 1996, this split-EP is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies and was a return to our roots. It's a typical DEPRESSION release the way we like it. Similar to our debut EP, it was pressed on purple vinyl and the cover is also a negative of an ancient ruin.
Time goes by and at the first day of 1999, we split the 10" LP "Und keiner weint uns nach" with the Brazilian Grindcore-legends Rot, released on Deadly Art Production. To me, this release was quite important for DEPRESSION. And it seemed that the fans liked this piece of music, too, because the first edition of 666 hand-numbered green-coloured vinyl sold out very quickly and so did the second pressing on blue vinyl as well. We dismembered "Suicide Fuck" from Abscess on this record because Chris Reifert and Autopsy are one of my all-time-faves. This DEPRESSION stuff was more Death Metal-influenced than the previous stuff and I suppose it was the heaviest release DEPRESSION had ever made...at least for the time being!
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! In Autumn 1999, DEPRESSION celebrated their ten-year anniversary! So we released on the 1st day of January in the year 2000 (again on Deadly Art) our first full-length album "Chronische Depression" on CD and in spring as a limited two-coloured LP. It was a present to ourselves (and maybe to a few of you as well). It contains a bunch of new songs, the obligatory cover version (this time, "Bloodcraving" from the godly Mortician), the outstanding song "Depressionen (Part I)" and as a bonus, one song from each DEPRESSION release from the last ten years! We thought it was time for a little break...and so it took more than a year to fuck the mainstream with the next sign of life!
But since X-mas-day 2001 the Split-CD "Zur Stille finden" with the lunatics from Haemorrhage was available (on Cudgel Agency) containing ten new tunes of devastating groovy Death/Grind from DEPRESSION. This time "Enough" from Agathocles is the cover-song and I suppose this recording is the most groovy one for us so far. By the way, it was the first output featuring Ron on guttural grunts!! He is a friend of us for a long time (former Dismal shouter) and his vocal-style fits perfectly to Marc´s eruptions!
It's time for a new release in 2002! So we did the split-EP "Schatten" with German goremongers Gonorrhoeaction (again on Cudgel Agency). The 8 DEPRESSION songs (including "Radio Hit" from Anal Cunt) were totally back to the roots!! The tracks are fast, more brutal and raw as fuck! The vocal-battles between Marc and Ron were brilliant, and we are all very satisfied and happy with this release!
2003, our debut EP "Ein Hauch von Moder" is sold out for a long time, and also the second part of this session, the split-EP with Rejectamenta, wasn´t available anymore. But people were (and are) still asking for this stuff, so we deceided to re-release the complete studio-session from 1996 again, for the very first time on CD format! All songs were re-mastered and saw, refreshed , the light of day as a 4-way split-CD together with Meatknife, Intestinal Infection and New York Against The Belzebu, released on German underground label Noise Varriations. But not enough: The long-time-sold-out split-Tape with Hierba was only available for a short time and there were only a few copies every made, so we took the offer from Noise V to release some of these old rehearsal/live songs totally re-mastered as a split-7" with Intestinal Infection!! Feel the ancient spirit again!!
Finally, in 2004, the long awaited split-CD with Mesrine reached the DEPRESSION-headquarter!! 2+2=5 Records from Brazil released this brandnew studio stuff, including "Hate the Kids" from Turbonegro and "Behram" from Mesrine (btw, Mesrine did a cover from Depression´s "The Mangler" on this record !). These songs were typical DEPRESSION stuff, but as we acted as a three-piece for some time now, you can feel that the songs -with the vocals- were more "compact". We all are still very satisfied with the release!!! Depression was still fast, heavy and brutal after almost 15 years of existence... Power It Up Records released the LP version! First 500 copies were limited coloured vinyl !! The second 500 LPs were black. It is great to have this release on both formats, CD and LP.
Friday, 17th of September 2004 was a historical day in the career of DEPRESSION !! We played our VERY FIRST gig at the "Deathfest" to celebrate our 15-year-anniversary!! It was a cool night and a big party with our fans! Thanks to everyone who stood in front of the stage and raised his fist to us !! You rule !!
2005: 15 YEARS OF GROOVY DEATH/GRIND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because of the huge demand from fans , year for year, we had decided to re-release the long sold-out split-CD DEPRESSION / AGATHOCLES through Power It Up Records. The new version is re-mastered, so the new sound is straight in your face. Also the layout has minor changes, it was just slightly up-dated. Both bands were very happy, that this underground-jewel saw the light of day again, after almost 8 years of silence.
But of course it was also time for some new stuff !! At the first day of September 2005, the split-EP "Der Weg des Wassers" with german old-school Death Metal lunatics FLESHRIPPER was released by Morbid Reallity Records from the US!! This underground jewel was limited to 500 copies (100 in orange vinyl!!) and contained three new songs from us, including "Vagina Berserker" from GUT! It is still very important for DEPRESSION to release vinyls!!
NOW it was time for the 15-years-anniversary-album!! At the 11.11.2005, the double-CD-Digipak was released through Cudgel Agency!! 15 years after the beginning of DEPRESSION and 10 years after the "Erinnerungen" Demo, we re-released it for the first time on CD, and offerd you also a brand-new CD. "Das Relikt" contains all 22 songs form the Demo totally new recorded in the studio in 2005!I There are also 2 bonus tracks, of course a coverversion: "Underestimation" from Defecation, and "Depressionen (Part II)" as the second part of the trilogy. The 28-pages booklet includes all lyrics, the history, a lot rare photos, linernotes from every band-member and other shit!! ENJOY!!!
Another year, another release. So in the first week of January 2006 Power It Up Records released the DEPRESSION / AGATHOCLES split-album first time on LP !! Both bands were looking for that release for almost 9 years now! The LP was limited to 500 copies and had a different, totally new coverartwork !! A collectors item indeed and a gift to all vinyl-worshippers around.
So DEPRESSION was ready to conquer the Asian market !! With the official split-tape DEPRESSION / MESRINE, limited to 400 hand-numbered copies, Slava Production released our debut for the Eastern South in summer 2006!! Watch out for this jewel, as only very few MCs had made their way over the big sea to Europe.
To complete our history a bit more, Power It Up Records also released the succesfull album DEPRESSION / HAEMORRHAGE (in autumn 2006) first time on limited vinyl ! The sound was re-mastered for an even bigger brutality. The complete layout was improved with a new cover and innersheet. The first 100 copies came in clear blue vinyl. GREAT!!
Due to the succes of the first asian MC release, Roots Active Records signed us for the official Tape-version of the DEPRESSION / AGATHOCLES split-album!! Different artwork, remastered sound, limited to 400 copies, it is worth to be in your collection. This item was also the last release of the 15th-year-anniversary-re-release-series in 2006.
Another chapter was also closed in 2006, and it was a short one: The live-activity from DEPRESSION found their final performance at the AJZ Bahndamm in Wermelskrichen (to round it up perfectly), after 10 incredible stage demolitions, at October, 28th due to private circumstances. It was only a short period, but it was an adventure that we all will never forget!! Thanks to your fans to party with us all the time!! Well, in the meantime we are active again with one or two gigs per year!
But DEPRESSION would not be DEPRESSION if we hadn´t a new release in a new year! In 2007, it was the first live-CD from us ever! The audio-document from our final gig (at that time, hehe) was released at the last day of August, 2007 as "Ein kakophonischer Lebenshauch" on Apathic View Productions from Germany. Besides the gig, the CD contained the exclusive studio-bonus-track "DalaiDahmer", liner notes and the typical untypical DEPRESSION layout. A proof of a rare evening.
2008 was a good year for DEPRESSION! We started with a double-release at the date of February, 22nd with the split-CD with the swedish old-school legend PAGANIZER. 10 brand new studio-songs from DEPRESSION since quite a while. The new stuff was typical old school Death/Grind, but this time with a bit more variety in structure, speed and riffs. A few surprising songs included, beside "Artefacted Irreligion", a coversong from UK-pioneers Benediction. This CD contained the DEPRESSION video-clip "Leichenduft" and was released by Suffer Productions from Germany.
Since 2009 we are playing live again! Not very often, but at exclusive shows like the MOUNTAINS OF DEATH Festival, for example. Every year, we will play a gig. So watch out for these rare events at our "live" section on this website, haha!
Long awaited, long delayed, finally released: "Eine Rückbesinnung", the vinyl-compilation-CD. Here you got all our vinyl-only-releases, all the EPs, split-EPs, split-10"LP, etc. on once CD, remastered and available for everyone. As the original vinyls were very limited and sold out since years, we deceided to make this CD. As bonus you find the ultra-rare split-MC with Hierba and an exclusive live-track. Value for money! The booklet had all original covers and fotos, with new layout, linernotes and all that shit. A piece of history!
Yeah, 2010 and we were still active!! So we celebrated our 20th anniversary with the new full-lengh-album "Dekade(nz)" on Bloodred Horzion Records from Austria. We did a Digipak-CD-version as a limited edition with a bonus track ("Nuestro Futuro" from Denak), and the regular jewelcase. This album showed all facettes from us, so we demolished some Crust-Songs, Grind-.Attacks, Groovers, a few surprises, a Grave coversong (I"n Love") and the third and final part of the "Depressionen" trilogy. Great record!!
At the very first day of 2013 we released some new shit: a split-7" EP with german old school Deathers Eroded!! This was yet another masterpiece with great packaging! Coloured cover and innerlseve and two different vinyl-versions. The first 100 were pressed in red vinyl and the other 400 in black vinyl. Our songs were definitely back to the roots, so we refilled the grave with 5 grind-bastards, including "Torn to Pieces" from mighty Death. This release is really a collectors item!
Besides our legendary "Leichenduft" video, we have a new video-clip for the song "False Apoligies" Grind your ears!
O.K., thanks for your interest and support and stay fast, heavy and brutal!!!
Kai & DEPRESSION
1990 - "Tal der Tränen" Demo
1992 - "Vergessene Welten" Demo
1993 - "...in Verzweiflung." Demo
1995 - "Erinnerungen" Demo
1996 - "Ein Hauch von Moder" 7"EP
1997 - "Böses Blut" Split-CD with Agathocles
1997 - "Die Zeiten ändern sich" Split-7"EP with Maggot Shoes
1998 - "Enjoy or die!?" Split-Tape with Hierba
1998 - "Ein Hauch von Moder" Part II Split-7"EP with Rejectamenta
1999 - "Und keiner weint uns nach" Split-10"LP with Rot
2000 - "Chronische Depression" CD / LP
2001 - "Zur Stille finden" Split-CD with Haemorrhage
2002 - "Schatten" Split-7"EP with Gonorrhoeaction
2003 - "Ein Hauch von Moder" Part I & II Split-CD with Meatknife, Intestinal Infection, NYATB
2003 - "Der Wahnsinnliche" Split-7"EP with Intestinal Infection
2004 - "Die toten Tage kommen..." Split-CD / LP with Mesrine
2005 - "Böses Blut" Split-CD with Agathocles (re-release)
2005 - "Der Weg des Wassers" Split-7"EP with Fleshripper
2005 - "Das Relikt -Erinnerungen-" Double-CD
2006 - "Böses Blut" Split-LP with Agathocles
2006 - "Die toten Tage kommen..." Split-MC with Mesrine
2006 - "Zur Stille finden" Split-LP with Haemorrhage
2006 - "Böses Blut" Split-MC with Agathocles
2007 - "Ein kakophonischer Lebenshauch" Live-CD
2008 - "Unglaube" Split-CD with Paganizer
2008 - "Hier liegen meine Gebeine...(ich wollt´ es wären Deine)" Split-7"EP with Inhumate
2008 - "Das Relikt" MC
2009 - "Unglaube" Split-MC with Paganizer
2009 - "Eine Rückbesinnung" Vinyl-Compilation-CD
2010 - "Dekade(nz)" CD
2013 - "Abgrund" Split-7"EP with Eroded
2014 - "Chronische Depression" MC
2014 - "Der schmale Grat" Split-7"EP with Kadaverficker
2015 - "Die Dunkle Dimension" CD
2016 - "Die Dunkle Dimension" MC
2016 - "Die Dunkle Dimension" LP
2016 - "Live at Blackend" EP
2017 - "Eine Rückbesinnung" Vinyl-Compilation-MC
2018 - "Dekade(nz)" MC
2018 - "Unglaube" LP
to be continued...