Pessimist is by definition...a belief in the dark side, and the tendency to take the darkest and most negative view of the world. In particular, the doctrine or belief that the Evil in this world outweighs the good and that all things ultimately tend towards Evil...
Spawned from the ashes of several underground bands, the first complete Pessimist lineup was formed in early 1993. After recording the "Dark Reality I & II"demos in '93/94, the band played their first few shows opening for bands such as Deicide, Incantation and Suffocation...and later went on to record their 1995 EP "Absence of Light".
Just two years later Pessimist signed to Lost Disciple Records and released their self-produced 1997 debut CD, "Cult of the Initiated", catapulting onto the global Death Metal scene and receiving acclaim in dozens of zines around the globe and underground radio airplay worldwide.
The band became recognized for their unique brand of Black/Death Metal, with old-school thrash influences, an emphasis on quality songwriting, and a dark, evil sound.
Pessimist has played many shows for their loyal masses of bloodthirsty fans, sharing the stage with legndary bands such as Morbid Angel, Deicide, Immolation, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, Suffocation, Nile, Diabolic, Cryptopsy, Incantation, Krisiun, Monstrosity, Gorguts, Malevolent Creation, Dying Fetus, Angelcorpse, Testament, At The Gates and Napalm Death.
In 1999 Pessimist released their brutal follow-up "Blood for the Gods" CD, again on Lost Disciple Recs which soared into the CMJ National Top 20 Loud Rock Charts and received the coveted "Pick of the Issue...10 Fucking Skulls!" in SOD Magazine. That same year the band recorded for several tribute CDs: Kreator (Full Moon Prod.), Megadeth and Death (Dwell Recs).
The band has appeared at nearly every major US Fest: Milwaukee Metal Fest, Ohio Deathfest, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, NJ Metal Meltdown and the "November to Dismember" Metalfests in TX and CA...
In 1999 Pessimist completed their first European Tour of Czech Republic and Germany with Fleshless and Godless Truth.
In 2000 Pessimist was honored to be chosen by Metal Blade as the first finalist in the MetalSearch2000 contest on mp3.com. This year also saw the band endure several potentially fatal but necessary lineup changes. This could have killed many bands, however by mid-2000 Pessimist had completely re-invented itself, in its most lethal incarnation thus far...
With the debut of the new lineup at CA's November to Dismember II, Pessimist re-signed to Lost Disciple Records to release their 3rd CD, "SLAUGHTERING THE FAITHFUL". Enlisting the talents of Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel/Hate Eternal) to produce the album, this CD is already being regarded as the most brutal and intense music ever recorded in the history of the band.