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Terrorizer – World Downfall (Earache Records, 1989)

When half of the line-up is the current (at the time) rhythm section for Morbid Angel, plus a future Napalm Death guitarist, you know this album is gonna be a stormer! Oscar Garcia (formerly of Death / Thrash band Majesty) formed the band in 1986 with 15-year-old Jesse Pintado (the future Napalm Death guitarist). Starting […]

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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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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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“…But this isn’t Thrash!” Part 1: Grave – Into The Grave (Century Media Records, 1991)

The first in a new feature of, well, releases that aren’t Thrash Metal! When people think of old school Swedish Death Metal, the first release that comes to mind is generally Entombed’s “Left Hand Path“. And for no small reason, it’s an awesome album! But for me, Grave’s debut full-length “Into The Grave” is a […]