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...But this isn't Thrash!

Bathory – Under The Sign Of The Black Mark (Under One Flag, 1987)

“Under The Sign Of The Black Mark” was recorded at Heavenshore Studio in Sweden (a converted mechanics’ garage), in 1986. Bathory had already released two albums at this point (The self-titled debut, and “The Return……“), and compared to those this was a huge step forward. Although there are other members credited as performers, it’s generally […]

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...But this isn't Thrash!

Samael – Worship Him (Osmose Productions, 1991)

Samael formed in Switzerland in 1987. Previously to this release, they had put out several demos and an EP. They all differ in sound quality, the best being the “Medieval Prophecy”¬†EP, but they’re all worth a listen. “Worship Him” was better produced than the EP, and way more atmospheric (probably helped by tons of reverb!). […]

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The Roots Of Thrash

Venom – Welcome To Hell (Neat Records, December 1981)

(This is the first in a new feature on releases that have influenced Thrash Metal) There’s no debate in my opinion that Venom were “Band Zero” when it comes to extreme Metal. They were unfairly slated by a lot of people when they started out, but with hindsight they’re praised as probably the biggest influence […]