MAYHEM - Deathcrush LP
"Deathcrush" became the first important release for Mayhem and also a one of the most important records for black metal, which had been in the process of formation by the moment of the appearance of this EP. Thus, "Deathcrush" became a one of the biggest bricks in the fundament of the genre and a one of the main triggering forces for the Norwegian scene, which would ultimately forge black metal. "Deathcrush" wasn't quite there by the today's standards of the genre, but it was moving in the right direction for sure.
On "Deathcrush" there are a lot of influences of such legendary bands like Venom, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Bathory. All of the mentioned artists were boosting up the level of extremity in metal music. The last thing was exactly what Euronymous had been targeting. Mayhem wanted to be as extreme, harsh and fast as it was possible. The band members were young, fervent and eager to protest against every living thing in the most extreme way. And they had done that. "Deathcrush" became a breakthrough in terms of aggression by the moment it was released and its aggression is very convincing even today, after extreme metal produced a lot of other masterpieces.
Stylistically the music of "Deathcrush" is raw and evil piece of thrash metal. Actually, there are slow parts on almost every composition, but all tracks have fast culminations, with rapid thrashy picking, which sounds just ferocious. The title track starts with the classic mid-paced riff, but then there are pounding speed-ups. "Chainsaw Gutsfuck" is majorly low-paced, but still its riffing is highly memorable and no less sinister than on the title track. Anyway, the culmination is absolutely wicked there, with wild guitars and blast beats. The bass lines sound no less catchy, than the riffing, especially on this composition. "Necrolust" also has a spectacular low-paced start, but this track goes wild pretty quick. It's the most crushing and insane composition of the mini-album.
There's a lot to say about the vocals. There are two vocalists here, Maniac and Messiah. Obviously, Maniac is the main one, he performs on "Deathcrush", "Chainsaw Gutsfuck" and "Necrolust". His style of performing brings the extremity of the work to another level. He provided piercing high-pitched shrieks, as if he is being burned alive or as if he is an insane murderer, who is chopping his victim in a state of maniacal delirium. The lyrics is a masterpiece of straightforward brutality and ugliness, that's why it fits the music for 100%. It's filled with violence, gore, necrophilia and stuff like that. And about what else is it possible to shriek in a such intense manner?
That's how legendary "Deathcrush" sounds. That's why it's legendary. It's filthy, ugly and crude. It expresses an uncontrollable wrath. It was aimed to be extreme and Mayhem succeeded with making it extreme. -HviteGudon
On Back On Black records. Comes in gatefold cover sleeve.
Back sleeve says "LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYL" however it's a black vinyl.
Recorded during February and March 1987 at Creative Studios, Kolbotn, Norway.
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