If you wanna read more about the idea and thought with this article series, read the first post HERE.
1992, the year when black metal entered my life even though death metal still managed to be a big part of it all. This is also the first year where it starts to be very hard to choose only 10 favourites. This due to amazing amount of classics released. Here’s some of the bands that sadly didn’t make the cut even though I wished they did: ASPHYX, BLIND GUARDIAN, BOLT THROWER, DREAM THEATER, FURBOWL, HYPOCRISY, MY DYING BRIDE, NAPALM DEATH, OBITUARY, PANTERA, PARADISE LOST and VITAL REMAINS.
Some bands formed in 1992:
- Black Label Society
- Machine Head
- Theatre of Tragedy
Some events during 1992:
- Motörhead’s drummer Phil Taylor finally leaves after recording “Ain’t No Nice Guy” for the March or Die album. The drummer on that album is Tommy Aldridge, who was replaced by Mikkey Dee after recording the album.
- Metallica frontman James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns due to a pyrotechnic accident during the Guns N’ Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour.
- Body Count sparks nationwide controversy over the song from their self-titled debut album, “Cop Killer”.
- Vince Neil leaves Mötley Crüe and is replaced by John Corabi
- Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo is replaced by Paul Bostaph.
- Fanoft Stave Church near Bergen, Norway is destroyed by Varg Vikernes of Burzum on June 6. Other church burnings attributed to black metal musicians also took place throughout Scandinavia.
MY TOP 10 FOR 1992:
AT THE GATES – ”THE RED IN THE SKY IS OURS”
My first meeting with AT THE GATES was through the Peaceville compilation ”Vol4″ and the track ”Kingdom Gone”. A track that still today is my favourite from ATG.-
BRUTAL TRUTH – ”EXTREME CONDITIONS DEMAND EXTREME RESPONSES”
Never before had my ears heard as insane drumming as Scott Lewis offered on this album. ”Walking Corpse” is probably still my absolute favourite grindcore-tun along with TERRORIZER’s ”Dead Shall Rise”.
BURZUM – ”BURZUM”
Deathlike Silence Productions
My journey home form J-Music/Haparanda have never felt as long as this weekend in March when I couldn’t wait until I got home to Luleå and my friends to play them this, my latest finding. Think what you will of Varg Vikernes but this is a modern classic of primitive black metal!!-
CANNIBAL CORPSE – ”TOMB OF THE MUTILATED”
”Hammer Smashed Face”, ”I Cum Blood”, ”Addicted to Vaginal Skin”…hitsong after hitsong!! A classic and still my favourite from the Chris Barnes-era.-
DARKTHRONE – ”A BLAZE IN THE NORTHERN SKY”
The (un)holy grail, the original, the mold from which the second wave of black metal was born. Still to me the most perfect black metal album ever to have been made.
DEICIDE – ”LEGION”
The debut is brilliant!! ”Legion” however is a real punch in the face in the form of satanic US-death metal!! This was Glen Benton in his prime….-
GRAVE – ”YOU’LL NEVER SEE…”
Most people talk about ”Into the Grave” (1991) or ”Soulless” (1994) as GRAVE’s biggest masterpiece. All these people are wrong! ”You’ll Never See…” with monster hits such as You’ll Never See, Now and Forever and Christi(ns)anity is the album that takes home the prize.-
MARDUK – ”DARK ENDLESS”
No Fashion Records
The Intro for ”Still Fucking Dead” still gives me the same chills as it gave me 22 years ago. Black metal with a whole lot of death metal-influenses and a fantastic vocal performance from Andreas ”Dread” Axelsson. The funeral seems to be endless……….. -
SAMAEL – ”BLOOD RITUAL”
SAMAEL’s ”Blood Ritual” is an album that possesses an atmosphere that few other bands, including the band themselves, have succeded to conjure. ”Ceremony of Opposites” (1994) in all honour, but to my ears the band never did surpass the brillance of this masterpiece.
VADER – ”The Ultimate Incantiation”
Who can forget about the slightly fantastic ballerina/cat eye/power plant video with the worst lip sync ever for the track ”Dark Age” that Headbangers Ball used to show? Well, not me anyways. The original gods of Polish death metal!!
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a strong connection to music, you might even call it love. Perhaps even the only true love in my life to be a bit harsh. The fact that I for christmas 1983, aged six, got Twisted Sister‘s “Under the Blade” on cassette has probably colored my musical taste for the future to come.
For a long time I’ve been carrying around the idea of compiling some sort of toplists/playlists over the music “that shaped me” and 1990 felt like a natural year to begin with since that is the year when I seriously decided that I would become a collector. Even though I’ve been collecting since 1990 my collection is far from the biggest I’ve seen (just check out the Facebook group called “METAL COLLECTORS SOCIETY” for some sick collections) I still got a genuine collection of 2000+ articles in various forms (MC, CD, LP, DVD etc.).
On the 1:st of every month starting now I will be publishing a new list on no less that three platforms simultaneously a.k.a websites run by yours truly, (Blashyrkhbloggen, Deathdomain and SpotifyMetal). With 1990 as a starting point and a new list monthly you can expect this to last for about two years from now. But to get started here’s some facts from1990:
Some bands formed in 1990:
- At the Gates
- Fear Factory
- In Flames
- My Dying Bride
- Type o Negative
Some events during 1990:
- Adrian Smith leaves Iron Maiden because of musical differences. Janick Gers is hired to replace him.
- Metallica wins the first ever Grammy award in the category of Best Metal Performance for the song “One“.
- The infamous “Clash of the Titans” tour is this year, headlined by bands such as Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies and others.
- Marty Friedman joins Megadeth replacing Jeff Young on guitar.
- Possessed frontman, Jeff Becerra is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in a mugging on his way home from work.
MY TOP 10 FOR 1990:
BATHORY – “HAMMERHEART”
Black Mark Production
“Hammerheart” is a true milestone, as well as being responsible for molding a whole genre of viking-inspired metal to come. “One Road to Asa Bay” is undeniably an immortalized classic. Quorthon R.I.P.
DEATH – “SPRITUAL HEALING”
Death did already release some classic track already with both “Scream Bloody Gore” (1987) and “Leprosy” (1989), but it wasn’t until 1990 I had my first encounter with the band and fell in love with the titel track which still to day is one of my absolute favourites with the band.
DEICIDE – “DEICIDE”
Deicide‘s debut has so many classics to offer it almost ridicolous. Just take tracks such as: “Lunatic of God’s creation”, “Sacrificial Suicide”, “Dead by Dawn”, “Carnage in the Temple of the Damned”. And I could just keep on going…
ENTOMBED – “LEFT HAND PATH”
An album that really sparked the whole scene of Swedish Death Metal back in the day. A more classic milestone than this when it comes to Swedish Death Metal is pretty much impossible to find.
KREATOR – “COMA OF SOULS”
German thrashers Kreator began already back in 1989 to refine their sound with “Extreme Aggression” (1989), but the big breakthrough came with “Coma of Souls” that is undeniably amongst the finest albums that Germany has produced when it comes to thrash metal.
MERCILESS – “THE AWAKENING”
Anti-Mosh 01 is sort just there somewhatclassic.The first release on the infamous label Deathlike Silence Productions run by Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth (The most important dead communist since Stalin? according to a classic 1996 issue of the Finnish zine ISTEN). Raw and energetic Swedish death/thrash at its finest..
NAPALM DEATH – “HARMONY CORRUPTION”
Napalm Death‘s classic grindcore era aside, it wasn’t until the band decided to incorporate death metal influences I felt that it hit the spot for me. The true highlight on this album is the track “Unfit Earth” featuring guest vocals from not only John Tardy but also Glen Benton.
NOCTURNUS – “THE KEY”
When most pf the people within the scene advocated for a metal scene with no keyboards, Nocturnus chose to not give a fuck by releasing a truly magnificent and epic album full och keyboards combined with death metal.
OBITUARY – “CAUSE OF DEATH”
Chopped in half…..feel the blood spill from your mouth. With rotting ways comes destiny…..feel the soul taking over - Bleed….
SLAYER – “SEASONS IN THE ABYSS”
“War Ensemble”, “Dead Skin Mask”, “Seasons in the Abyss”, I don’t think I have to say more than that. Jeff Hanneman R.I.P.
Although 2013 did have some jewels to offer, 2012 felt like a stronger year. This year I’m presenting three different lists. A “Top 160 tracks”, where I’ve been rather generous with what I let in on the list. A “Top 20 tracks” with my personal crème de la crème from the former mentioned list and a “The year 2013″ list with all albums that I’ve listed during the year that passed (over 7000 tracks with a playtime of 561 hours). Here’s some namedropping of the stuff I enjoyed to the most during 2013: ARMAGEDON, BLOOD RED THRONE, BOMBUS, CHAOSDAEMON, COLOSSUS, DEATH TYRANT, DIABOLICAL, EVILE, EXHUMED, F.K.Ü., GORGUTS, HAIL OF BULLETS, HATE, IMMOLATION, INQUISITION, LEPROUS, NECROPHOBIC, OTARGOS, PORT NOIR, QUEST OF AIDANCE, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, SORCERY, SUFFOCATION, TURISAS and WITHERSCAPE.
To be honest October started in a rather unineresting fashion. Around mid-month shit got turned around though and the record industry started bombarding us with stuff such as SARKOM, IHSAHN, HAIL OF BULLETS, MEDEIA, NECROPHOBIC, INQUISITION, SKELETONWITCH, KATAKLYSM, PYREXIA and more…..