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Mayhem’s “Deathcrush” EP; Three Decades Of Darkness (1987-2017)

Our latest Music Milestone is actually quite the historic one because not only is it the first professionally recorded work by the infamous Mayhem, but it is also cited as the very first recording laid down by a Norwegian Black Metal band. That EP was released thirty years ago today on Posercorpse Records and one has to think that the label name was created in response to all of the Glam Rock that was rather prominent in the United States. The EP while done in a professional setting is very sparse in the overall quality of sounds but the intensity of this material is very present and it’s interesting to listen to in today’s music world as its some of the earliest melodies in this now massively popular Black Metal genre. Though I wasn’t listening to anything like this back in 1987, and couldn’t say that it had made the rounds in the circle of friends I kept at the time I wanted to raise a cup of blood to its debut since the band has had quite the interesting history.
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“Pure Fucking Mayhem” by Mayhem

Artist: Mayhem
Title: “Pure Fucking Mayhem”
Label: Prophecy Productions
Release Date: 11/3/2008
Genre: Black Metal
Rating: 4/5

In terms of the phrase “Black Metal”, the credit might have historically gone to Britain’s Venom who offered up a song of the same name but when it comes down to the music genre and all of its sinister and blasphemous glory for many it begins with the legendary Mayhem. If you have ever followed the band that heralded the True Norwegian Black Metal scene then you are most likely very aware of their unique and rather insidious history, but if you are not, then this documentary “Pure Fucking Mayhem” is the best way to learn about the bands humble beginnings and catch up to where they stand as a band in today’s Metal world. It’s a fascinating and yet also a frightening tale when you think about it because while it might have been on some musicians minds, there was no real Black Metal scene yet nor was music and shows of this type being played in the same scale as we find happening today. Of course this was back in 1984 and Heavy Metal music was due for a drastic change care of the bands founders Euronymous, Necrobutcher and Manheim. These three musicians were the core and delivered more of a Punk meets aggressive Thrash vibe and while using a different vocalist in the beginning, the true dark shape of the band would solidify into something more tangible when they brought the Swedish singer Dead into their roster.
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