First associations are two german Postpunk 80s Icons - Blumfeld (very early) and Fehlfarben (the first record). Some may feel reminiscent to the voice of Rio Reiser and sometimes you hear slight ideas of die Kolossale Jugend. Messer are brittle, clank, mysterious, shattered and nevertheless the record spins tremendously. The Beats are jagged, the Bass drives the herd uncompromisingly forward. Melodic, but always tight. At times the guitar seems to escape into delay- and noise-sounds. At this point you realize that there is another pillar to the sound of Messer than "just" (German) Post-Punk of 80s/90s: Neu! or Can can be found here as well. But it is almost ever dark within Messer, improvisation is never hippiesk.