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Albums Turning Thirty? X: Deathcrush, by Mayhem

- Wednesday, August 16, 2017

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush

30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially 1987. I was SEVEN YEARS OLD. That’s right, we’re switching gears for this entry to celebrate a seminal classic that just turned 30, not 20. What is it I COME FORWARD to? DEATHCRUSH.

Today, we look at Deathcrush, the angry, vicious, and unforgettable first EP by Mayhem…



Mayhem - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

    Deathcrush is an unrelenting black metal masterwork. From the programmed marching drums of Silvester Anfang and into the no-bullshit opening riff of the title song Deathcrush, this album cracks open some beers, pours them down your fucking throat, and shoves your bitch ass into the crowd, head banging and arms swinging. This EP marked Sven Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen’s return after the suicide of Per Yngve “Dead” Ohlin. It also features drummer Kjetil Manheim (predecessor of the legendary Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg), original and current bassist Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud, and late founding guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. This is a mandatory black metal record. Fuck, it is a mandatory metal record in general.

    After the opening programmed drum cover Silvester Anfang (written by Conrad Schnitzler), the title track Deathcrush throws a no-bullshit riff out and tears around recklessly on it before going into some straightforward thrashing. After hammering your face, it relents for an angry bass intro back into the groove. This album could not possibly have opened any better than this. Then Chainsaw Gutsfuck creeps in on that driven, fuzzy bass before dropping into a downright disgustingly dirty and dripping, angry, and sadistic groove. It saws your bitch ass apart right until the end. After that, we get treated to an absolutely angry cover of the Venom song Witching Hour, followed by the oft-imitated, vile, thrashing desire of Necrolust. To close, Mayhem takes you off balance with (Weird) Manheim before shoving a vicious dose of Pure Fucking Armageddon down your facehole. And now you are dead. Fuck you. \m/

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