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  • This was Mayhem’s second demo, the first came out a year prior to “Deathcrush”, which was a pioneering effort for it’s time (‘87). There had been great, heavy, black bands before Mayhem (Venom, Hellhammer, Bathory, Celtic Frost), but nothing to prepare anyone for the brutality that Mayhem would unleash with this classic. In fact, this was SO underground that in ‘87 very few people even knew of their existence outside of the small but burgeoning death metal scene in their native Norway. So…what you have here is 17 minutes and 29 seconds of pure unadulterated raw evil. Every track is as potent today (even after Mayhem’s future-and greater- recordings) as it was when it first made the rounds to a disbelieving cult all those years ago. The sound of “Deathcrush” is the early rumblings of the greatest metal band in existence, Mayhem.

    Posted on November 27, 2009