Living Death: Worlds Neuroses-80’s-1989.

Living Death:Power Speed Thrash Metal from Germany.


Dieter KelchBass (1981-1991, 2008-?)
Reiner KelchGuitars (1981-1991, 2008-?)
See also: ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project
Thorsten BergmannVocals (1982-1989, 2008-?)
See also: ex-Sacred Chao, ex-X-Mas Project

Past Members:

Frank SchubringDrums (1981-1983)
Frank FrickeGuitars (1981-1989)
See also: ex-Sacred Chao, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Siren, ex-U.D.O., ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Laos
Harald LutzeDrums (1984)
Andreas Oberhoff (R.I.P. 2021)Drums (1984-1986)
Atomic SteifDrums (1986-1989)
See also: ex-Sacred Chao, ex-Stahlträger, ex-Assassin, ex-Holy Moses, ex-Sodom, ex-Violent Force
Frank UllrichDrums (1989-1991)
See also: Attack, ex-Fairywhite, ex-X-Wild, ex-Charger, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Holy Moses, ex-Stainless Steel, ex-Siren (live), ex-Mendacious Messiah
Gerald ThelenVocals (1989-1991)
Rainer SchmitzDrums (1991)
See also: ex-Joker, ex-Over Us Eden, ex-STS 8 Mission
Jörg MichaelDrums (2008-?)
See also: HeavatarHeadhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, ex-Avenger, ex-Blizzard, Devil’s Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Siren, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-100 Names, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)
1.Last Birthday03:50  Show lyrics
2.Die Young03:57  Show lyrics
3.Schizophrenia04:10  Show lyrics
4.On the 17th Floor03:39  Show lyrics
5.Down04:30  Show lyrics
6.Worlds Neuroses02:29  Show lyrics
7.Bastard (at the Busstop)02:43  Show lyrics
8.The Testament of Mr. George05:02  Show lyrics
9.Sacred Chao03:58  Show lyrics
10.Tuesday06:51  Show lyrics

One thought on “Living Death: Worlds Neuroses-80’s-1989.

  1. Felix 1666, July 1st, 2015

    From my point of view, “Worlds Neuroses” always stood in the shadow of its predecessor. There is no shame in that in view of the extremely high quality of the thrash metal masterpiece called “Protected from Reality”. “Worlds Neuroses”, the fourth album of Living Death, was a strong output and it is still a pleasure to listen to the songs which are assembled here. The well-established band did not try to sell us a second “Protected from Reality”. On the contrary, some of the tunes possessed an experimental touch without cutting the metallic roots of the group.

    For example, the B side of the vinyl started with two songs that revealed a certain hardcore affinity. I do not only focus on the straight lines of these songs that were alternately driven by the guitars or the bass guitar. Both the chorus of the title track and that of “Bastard (at the Busstop)” were characterised by polyphonic hardcore shouting. Speaking of the vocals, lead vocalist Toto had also changed his style. He did no longer try to scream in the high ranges. I was a little bit frustrated, because his more or less unique singing had been a very specific feature. No other German band had a singer that had eaten a shrill alarm siren for breakfast. Nevertheless, I was although reassured by the fact that the danger of getting tinnitus while listening to Toto was banned.

    Living Death could still be assigned to the speed / thrash metal genre, but they had expanded their musical spectrum. Apart from the above mentioned tracks, the band flirted with traditional metal (“Tuesday”) and revealed a previously unknown affection for a slightly crude kind of dark rock (“On the 17th Floor” or “Down”). None of the pieces lacked of heaviness or charisma so that the guys were not at risk to be blamed for any kind of inappropriate lightness. Additionally, true speed metal tracks also shaped the content of the album. It was surely no coincidence that one of them kicked off the full-length. The opener showed the speed metal genes of the band while offering really sick lyrics. Just read the text of this song and you will probably share my point of view that only a deranged brain can give birth to such lines. In terms of speed, especially “Schizophrenia” took roughly the same line. Its nervous bass guitar and the whirring guitars as well as the thunderous drums created a crashing piece with remarkable breaks at the interface of punk and metal.

    Hopefully, my description has made quite clear that “Worlds Neuroses” could not be seen as a “copy and paste” album. “Business as usual” was also not the motto. Of course, the speed / thrash scene at the end of the eighties could no longer be compared with that of a few years earlier. It therefore came as no surprise that Living Death was seeking new ways. Nonetheless, the development of the band deserved special attention. A song like “The Testament of Mr. George” celebrated the marriage of sombre ambience and compositional depth. Yet the varied songwriting was not the only advantage of the record. Due to the fact that both the sound engineer and the producer did a good job, the full-length was built on a strong foundation. Therefore, I admit that you find the three best songs of Living Death on “Protected from Reality”, but the constantly high level of “Worlds Neuroses” has its charm, too. Finally, I must confess that I also liked the cover artwork of the album, for whatever reasons. Yes, the album stood in the shadow of “Protected from Reality”. But you know that staying too long in the sun can cause sunburn.


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