Originally formed in Baltimore, MD 1993, PESSIMIST quickly made a name playing live shows in the MD/DC/VA area, opening for bands such as Deicide, Suffocation, Incantation, Vader, and Monstrosity. After releasing their self-produced “Absence of Light” Demo/EP in 1995, PESSIMIST signed to Lost Disciple Records and released two CDs, “Cult of the Initiated” (1997) and “Blood for the Gods” (1999), which soared into the Top 20 CMJ Loud Rock Charts and received the coveted "Pick of the Issue... 10 Fucking Skulls!" in SOD Magazine. PESSIMIST went on to appear at several major US fests: Milwaukee Metalfest (1998,99,01) NJ “March Metal Meltdown” (2000-02), New England Hardcore and Metal Fest (1999-02), and the “November to Dismember” Metalfests in TX, and CA - and in 1999, completed their first European tour. More shows soon followed, opening for Cannibal Corpse, Testament, Nile, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Incantation, Krisiun, and Angelcorpse.In 2001, after several lineup changes, PESSIMIST recorded their 3rd CD, “Slaughtering the Faithful”. The original lineup re-united in 2008, and released “Evolution Unto Evil”, a collection of rare and unreleased studio tracks, including tributes to the band’s early influences: Kreator, Death, Megadeth, and Possessed. A string of east coast dates soon followed, including appearances at Hostile City Deathfest, and their second European tour in 2009. Some years later, the band has acquired the rights to their original master recordings, and has signed with Obscure Musick to re-master and re-release these 3 classic albums, “Cult of the Initiated”, “Blood For the Gods”, and “Slaughtering the Faithful”. This special 2015 re-release of “Slaughtering the Faithful”, is PESSIMIST’s fastest, most lethal and most blasphemous CD, to date; produced by Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) and digitally re-mastered by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez (Live sound for Nile, Morbid Angel). Featuring art by Jon Zig, this CD is filled with sadistic, blackened Death Metal, in the vein of Krisiun, Hate Eternal, or Immolation. This special CD release also includes bonus tracks, “Summoned to Suffer” 2000 Demo and a live in-studio performance on WNYU, 89.1FM.PESSIMIST returned in 2014, securing a headlining slot at Las Vegas Deathfest. The current lineup includes founding members Guitarist Kelly McLauchlin (Diabolic, Unholy Ghost, Possessed) and Drummer Chris Pernia (Psychotogen) plus Bassist Kelly Conlon (Monstrosity, Death), Guitarist William Hayden (Fear of God), and Vocalist Ivan “The Evil One” (Black Mass). The band is currently writing their next CD, “Keys to the Underworld”.