Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Von - Satanic Blood Angel

Yep, the U.S. participated in the black metal scene. In fact, I believe Von was quite influential. Their original run started in 1985. This is a two disc re-issue from 2009.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Behemoth - ...From The Pagan Vastlands

Poland developed an unhealthy appetite for extreme metal, largely due to Behemoth. I've seen their genre called "Blackened Death Metal". And that's where genres get weird. Call it what you want. This is their third demo, released in 1993. Very dark.

Thy Winter Kingdom

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sarcófago - I.N.R.I.

Another "first wave" band today. Brazil's Sarcófago began their war in 1985, originally breaking up in 2000. Considered quite influential, this is their full length debut.

The Last Slaughter

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sigh - Scorn Defeat

Today it's black metal from the land of the rising sun. Sigh started in 1989 and this is their debut from the following year. They have an interesting take on the genre, I think. Cool stuff.

Ready For The Final War

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Anton Szandor LaVey - Satan Takes A Holiday

With all this darkness going on this month let's take a short holiday today. Everyone's favorite devil, Mr. Anton LaVey, released this fun collection in 1995 because "even the Devil needs a little revitalizing recreation now and again". In my opinion this is an incredibly entertaining listen. So, "dim the lights, settle back and let His Infernal Majesty take you on a holiday tour of His world".

Honolulu Baby

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tormentor - Anno Domini

Leaving Scandinavia behind we find that the darkness spread all over the world. Our first stop is in Hungary. Tormentor formed behind the Iron Curtain. Dark and aggressive, a great example of the genre. Their original run ended when vocalist Attila was offered the Mayhem gig. His Mayhem vocals can be found on their first studio release, posted Sunday.

Damned Grave

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas + Live In Leipzig

Oh, the twisted tale of Norway's Mayhem. Truly makes for good reading. Since their original inception in 1984 the band has had countless members, death, destruction, jail time, etc. And all the while the name seems to have stayed true to the original intent. They not only pioneered the sound but influenced many of the bands to come. 'De Mysteriis' is the band's first full length studio release, from 1994, and is widely considered one of the most influential black metal albums of all time. I know this because Wikipedia told me so. 'Live In Leipzig' is one of the few official releases with Dead on vocals. And regarding the performance, to steal another wiki line "The show featured intentional wrist-slitting by Dead and several graphic props, such as severed pig heads impaled on wooden spikes and pieces of rotting meat being tossed into the audience." Yum.