27 Years Ago: PESTILENCE release Consuming Impulse

Released by R/C (Roadrunner) on this day in 1989, the second PESTILENCE LP!

What do you think of hardcore bands?
I love them. They are, and now from the music and show part far more aggressive. I listen alot to hardcore bands like CRUMBSUCKERS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, D.R.I. etc..
What’s your influences?
Well that’s not difficult I think SLAYER, DEATH, POSSESSED & INFERNAL MAJESTY (only a bit the last one).
– Pestilence interview, Decibel of Death zine 1987

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28 Years Ago: NIHILIST complete Only Shreds Remain demo at Sunlight Studio

This was the first time NIHILIST recorded at Tomas Skogsberg’s Sunlight Studio; one of the first to record at Sunlight at all. They followed TREBLINKA (Crawling in Vomits, November ’88) and MORBID (Last Supper, September ’88).

Recording began on 8 December and Only Shreds Remain was completed on this day in 1988.

With their new lineup and improved material, Nihilist easily blew away their contemporaries and delivered what can be seen as probably the first 100 percent pure Swedish death metal recording. The precise riffing, the ghastly growls of Petrov – very unlike the screams delivered on the debut – and Andersson’s drumming are all just incredible. This demo is also the first to feature the special ultra-thick Studio Sunlight guitar sound that would later become the trademark of Swedish death metal.
– from Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth

We used Sunlight only because Morbid had been there. But I was not pleased with the studio. I think the production on our second demo sucks. The drums, especially, sound awful. Skogsberg didn’t know much about how to take care of death metal back then. The reason we got the great guitar sound was the Leif moved on to guitar, and came up with that fat sound. At that point, we didn’t know how he did it – but we loved it!
– Nicke Andersson

For that recording, we hardly had any time at all. You had to pay for each hour in the studio, and we didn’t have any money. And back then you didn’t rehearse much before a recording, so it was pretty stressful.
– Johnny Hedlund

25 Years Ago: ATOMIC AGGRESSOR record and release the Resurrection demo (You look so afraid!)

Killer Chilean, Lovecraftian death metal; ATOMIC AGGRESSOR released their last demo on this day in 1991.

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Resurrection was the second demo. Bloody Ceremonial was released in 1989 and the only other material was a rehearsal tape in ’90.

Great raw sound influenced by MORBID ANGEL, POSSESSED…!

It was the last we heard from them (although I do remember bringing over some copies of the Bloody Resurrection compilation CD in early 2000’s) until their reformation in 2007. AA released their debut album Sights of Suffering in 2014.

26 Years Ago: MY DYING BRIDE finish recording Towards the Sinister first demo

Recorded at Revolver Studios over a weekend, MY DYING BRIDE completed their debut demo on this day (a Sunday) in 1990.

At the same time, ANATHEMA were recording their debut demo at M.A. Studios (they started on the Friday).

Towards the Sinister review from Holocaust zine #5 1991:

Man, I do love the British scene with such God bands like NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, BOLT THROWER, PARADISE LOST, BENEDICTION (to mention only some names…) I think without these bands the Death Metal scene would be very poor. Am I right? Sure I am! Praise England!!! Now you can add the next band to the list – MY DYING BRIDE! I love the name, it sounds dark to me. Their debut demo “Towards The Sinister” is dark & evil as well. Don’t listen to this tape, when you feel ill, because it’ll crush you!!! MY DYING BRIDE plays slow, ultra heavy, grind you to death kind of stuff. The faster parts are also really heavy and awesome, but there’s not a lot of it! The most of the time is cold, slow and doomy! The demo starts with the longest song “Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium” done in the wicked BATHORY meets PARADISE LOST vein with great frightening bells… Then we got “Vast Choirs” with some evil keyboard stuff, “The Grief Of Age” and “Catching Feathers”. True evil, ancient dark Death Metal…I love it!! Besides the demo the band also did a 2 song EP “God Is Alone” for french label – Listenable Records. As a result of the demo the band signed with Peaceville Rec. and there will be a LP out soonish! Can’t wait for its release. MY DYING BRIDE…more bands like this! The demo is $ 6, EP is $ 7……

26 Years Ago: ANATHEMA complete their first demo An Iliad of Woes

Recorded at M.A. Studios over a long weekend, ANATHEMA began recording on Friday 23 November and completed their debut demo on this day (a Sunday) in 1990.

At the same time, MY DYING BRIDE were recording their debut demo at Revolver Studios (they started on Saturday).

An Iliad of Woes review (mostly about the second demo) from Holocaust zine #5 1991:

ANATHEMA is an young, but very promising Death Metal outfit from UK…. They were previously called PAGAN ANGEL. In November ’90 they change the name into ANATHEMA and entered the studio to record their first demo. It was a 4 tracker entitled “An Iliad Of Woes” that went round the scene thanks to tapetrading. In May ’91 the second demo “All Faith Is Lost” was released. I prefer to talk about this one, because it’s newer and better. Hey! Note that I didn’t say the first demo is bad!!!! No way! It still fucking crushes! But the second tape is much more better. KILLER!!!! The music is slow, very slow, gloomy and doomy with interesting lead guitar creating great nostalgic/romantic moods. Yeah, the lead guitar is what I like most in the ANATHEMA’s music… Along with the vocals. They are very heavy and deep. Some moments can remind you of PARADISE LOST, but the whole thing sounds pretty original. Headcrushing stuff!!! Grinding Death!!! “All Faith is Lost” contains 4 songs and each one is more than five minutes long. The tape is obtainable for $ 5 (everywhere). GET IT NOW! You won’t be disapointed, I promise!

26 Years Ago: INCANTATION remix Entrantment of Evil at Trax East

Entrantment of Evil was recorded earlier in the year, between 26 May and 2 June at Stardust Recording. Seraphic Decay released the original 7″ soon after in August 1990.

INCANTATION’s partnership with Relapse was formed around this time, and on this day in 1990 they remixed the songs from Entrantment of Evil at Trax East Studios ready for a re-issue on Relapse in 1991.

The band returned to Trax East twice in 1991 to record Deliverance of Horrific Prophecies and Onward to Golgotha, both released by Relapse.

We had a basic idea on what sound we were looking for but it was very difficult to explain it so the engineers would understand. The demos came close, but we really found our sound recording-wise when we went to do the split LP with AMORPHIS. I feel “Onward To Golgotha” was just a little more refined. We did have to remix “Onward To Golgotha” after the first mix, because us and Relapse were not happy with the first mix. The 2nd is what we went with. I think it was hard for the engineer to understand what we were looking for. But he did a good job. On “Mortal Throne Of Nazarene” we went to a different studio but they were just not on the same page as us and that recording turned into a mess. We wasted a lot of money and ended up with something that none of us was happy with.

…at the time that was our recording for the split LP with AMORPHIS. But we ended up scraping it and using 2 tracks for the “Deliverance Of Horrific Prophecies” 7″ EP. I think the recording was good for us. It ended up being more of a demo for us so we can hear a good recording of some of our newer songs at the time. It was good preparation for “Onward To Golgotha”. We realized we played the songs slower in the studio than we did at shows or rehearsals. Also we were about to tell if the song structures were good and if the riff sounded good together in that order. It also helps to make sure all the vocal patterns are working good with the music. I think it helped make the “Onward To Golgotha” recording better having done the split first. I always like recording demos of all our new songs, it’s always great to hear a good recording of the songs before doing an album.
– John McEntee / Incantation interview, Voices from the Darkside

Trax East studio in 1992:

23 Years Ago: MIASMA release Love Songs (Little girl, I hope one day we will meet again)

Released on this day in 1993, Love Songs was the last major MIASMA recording. As with their only album, Changes (1992), the CD was released by Austrian label Lethal Records.

Love Song is an EP (more a single than mini album) with the featured title song, an insturmental / outro / ambient track The Unbearable Resurrection of a Suspicious Character and a 1993 live recording of Morbid Knocking, one of their most well-known songs.

We guess you don’t know that our “Changes” album was self-financed and our contract with “Lethal Records” was very loose in that we just got the promise to get back the money from the recording and part of the sales, but this never did happen. Because of this rip-off and due to personal conflicts the band split in summer of 1993, but all wasn’t lost as Gregor Schmidt, Peter Prochazka and Johannes Attems continued with a change of style to progressive metal. Finally finding a singer in summer 1995, we recorded a new demo in album-length, played a few club gigs and called it a day one year later.

Several members later formed DESTINATION VOID. Xibalba (2009) is currently their only release.

Cindy was a girl, never able to reach the island
of ultimate orgasm. Just one penis, no matter
how big and hard, to fuck her was not enough.
Slowly her body started to take control over her
mind and life – was it just simple lust or a
curious yearning? To get fucked the most brutal
way became her only pleasure… And still she
could not get enough meat… And finally one
day her vagina forced her to make “the” final
decision… Her last one!

To evoke some psychopaths was her aim, to fuck
her again and again. Her impured cunt and
mind became one and made her enter a
dimension of total perversion and everlasting
screams: “Take my body, it’s all yours, teach me
how to pass the closed doors, which separate
lust from sexual pain.” And this was the first
step to make her life go down the drain.

Abominations with cocks as big and hot as glowing
swords, just released from the fire of eternity stuffed
her every hole. Cindy felt like her body was just
one wide open spread vagina… But still she could
not get enough to fulfil her desire. So the
creatures started to penetrate her flesh and
soon little Cindy was fucked to a bloody mess.

Suddenly a strange voice appeared out of nowhere:
“Let me fuck into her heart and she will be with
us forever.” …

And finally as they penetrated her heart, she
passed the frontier between lust and pain…
Good and bad was nevermore, God was just a
hazy memory. Her body slowly faded away, no
time left to pray. With her body forever gone,
her soul is condemned to burn in the fire of
solitude and everlasting yearning for all times…

Now, as I’m standing here at Cindy’s grave and
the rain of a million centuries is falling down
on earth to wash away all the sins, I know: “Death
is God and God is the spirit of all sadness and
pain. Little girl, I hope one day we will meet again.
You know, what I mean, at another place, in
another time… Maybe then you will be mine.”

Try to reach the island in this bloodred sea, try to
reach this island, then you will be free!

MIASMA WAS FOUNDED IN VIENNA, NOVEMBER 1990 BY PETER PROHAZKA (GUIT.), CHRISTIAN WODITSCH (VOC.), GREGOR SCHMIDT (DR.), AND JOHANNES ATTEMS (BASS.) WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CHRISTIAN ALL MEMBERS HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN ACTIVE IN SEVERAL OTHER BANDS AND GREGOR STILL PLAYED IN ANOTHER DEATH METAL BAND, CALLED CALDERA. DECEMBER 1990 SAW MIASMA’S FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE, AS THEY WERE OPENING FOR GREGOR’S OTHER BAND IN THE “GRAFITTI”, A METAL CLUB IN VIENNA, SITUATED IN THE CITY’S CENTER, CLOSE TO THE PRESTIGIOUS “WIENER STAATSOPER” (IF THEY ONLY KNEW). AFTER SOME LINE UP CHANGES (GERHARD REPLACED CHRITIAN ON VOC., GÜNTER JOINED AS 2nd GUIT.), THE RECORDING OF THE DEMO TAPE (MARCH ’91, PRODUCED BY MARTIN SCHIRENC OF PUNGENT STENCH, AND SEVERAL GIGS AT HOME AND ABROAD, MIASMA RECORDED THEIR FIRST (AND SO FAR ONLY) FULL LENGTH ALBUM “CHANGES” IN OCTOBER ’91 DURING THE EVENINGS OF FIVE DAYS. AGAIN MARTIN SCHIRENC PROVED AS AN INVALUABLE HELP FOR THE BAND, AS HE HELPED IN RECORDING AND MIXING PROCESS, WHICH ULTIMATELY LEAD TO A BRUTAL YET TRANSPARENT OVERALL SOUND. THE RECORD WAS RELEASED THROUGH LETHAL RECORDS. FOR CLARIFICATION, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT GREGOR, GERHARD, AND GÜNTER CHOSE TO USE THE PSEUDONYMS CAPRAL ADORATOR, GOREHEAD,AND ARES CANCER,RESPECTIVELY. THIS WAS DONE BECAUSE OF THE STRIKING SIMILARITYOF THEIR FIRST NAMES. MANY GIGS, INCLUDING A FULL EUROPEAN TOUR SUPPORTING DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA(NOVEMBER ’92), FOLLOWED AND IN SPRING ’93 THE MINI CD “LOVE SONGS”. BY THEN MIASMA HAD A GOOD REPUTATION IN THE DEATH METAL SCENE. HOWEVER, SHIT HAPPENS AND SO LETHAL RECORDS DID NOT PAY A DIME AND THE BAND CONSEQUENTLY DECIDED TO LEAVE THE LABEL IN THE SUMMER OF ’93. UNFORTUNATELY THIS BROUGHT THE OVERALL AMBITION OF THE BAND TO A HALT AND, DESPITE SOME LATER APPEARANCES OF GREGOR, PETER, AND JOHANNES IT WAS THE SUMMER OF ’93 WHEN MIASMA PRACTICALLY CEASED TO EXIST AS A DEATH METAL BAND. NAPALM RECORDS RE-RELEASED CHANGES IN 2001. HOWEVER, IT TOOK ROUGHLY ANOTHER FOUR YEARS UNTIL MIASMA WAS REANIMATED MAINLY DUE TO GÜNTERS DEVOTION.EXCEPT FOR PETER MIASMA INITIALLY CONSISTED OF THE “CHANGES” LINEUP. JOHANNES SUFFERED FROM A SEVERE LACK OF TIME AND CONSEQUENTLY WAS REPLACED BY MICHI WHILE JHONNY JOINED AS 2nd. GUITARIST. GREGOR LEFT THE BAND,CAME BACK AGAIN ONLY TO LEAVE AGAIN BUT FINALLY MADE IT BACK WHEN THE BAND HAD THEIR FIRST GIG IN THE NEW MILLENIUM ON NOVEMBER ’07. TWO HIGHLY ACCLAIMED GIGS FOLLOWED IN EARLY ’08, WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN GERHARD AND GÜNTER WERE FACED WITH THE DECISION OF THE OTHER MEMBERS THAT THEY WOULD LEAVE THE BAND. THEY NOW WORK UNDER THE NEW AND VERY PROMISING NAME “DESTINATION VOID”. JOHANNES JOINS GOOD OLD MIASMA AGAIN AND THIS WHERE WE RIGHT NOW. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST “WE ARE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM”.

25 Years Ago: DEATH release Human (Lack Of Comprehension video + Making of video)

Released on this day in 1991.

“Human” really says it all for me, personally, and it describes that album, ’cause it all revolves around human nature and my views as a fellow human being, it’s definitely not about some satanic or made-up demons. I just want to make that very clear.

There’s a couple of touchy subjects, just like on “Spiritual….”. There’s a song on it called “Suicide Machine”, which does not promote suicide. It is based around this doctor who invented a machine for terminally ill people. I think people who are gonna die an agonizing death should have a right to get out of that, if they’re religious, then they believe that they will go somewhere better, why prolong the pain when the feel that they can be better off moving on? It’s interesting to me, especially when it comes to elderly people -like maybe those who are stricken by the Alzheimer’s Disease or something- how people don’t give a shit about them, and then when they want to go on to something else, then all the shit hits the fan, then people want to make an issue out of it.. it just amazes me.

about “Siamese Twins”:

I got a book a while back that totally described their lifestyle and how some use it to their benefit, like they entered shows, which is kind of degrading in some people’s opinion, but other people have made a living out of it and have become quite rich off it. But there’s a lot involved in that, there’s a lot of pain behind that, there’s a lot of things that we take for granted…. a lot of things on the new album are based around things that people take for granted in life. An i think that we (all humans) take being single-bodied and -minded for granted. Like, for example, my ability to just walk out of the room. But what if someone was attached to me? It would be a completely different thing. I think that’s so mindboggling to be connected to another human -totally connected! That is just the most unreal thing. I have a lot of sympathy for those people that have to experience that.

– Chuck Schuldiner / Death interview: Thrash n’ Burn, 1991

DEATH, the heavy metal institution founded, realized, and helmed by legendary guitarist Chuck Schuldiner, released its legendary fourth studio album Human (’91) to massive worldwide critical acclaim. The album’s complex and progressive music and introspective lyrics marked a massive stylistic change away from the more primitive early material for the group, and Human went on to become one of the most influential metal records in the history of the genre. – Relapse reissue description

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27 Years Ago: ENTOMBED finish recording their first demo But Life Goes On

But Life Goes On was recorded very shortly after Nihilist had split up. Alex was busy with his studies at that time, so everything was made by me, Uffe and L.G. Uffe and I played all the guitars and bass.

Recorded over two days, 23-24 September, the newly named ENTOMBED completed their first demo on this day in 1989 at Sunlight Studio.

The reason we went back to Sunlight was that we heard the Treblinka 7″ recorded there, and it sounded great to our ears. So we gave Skogsberg a second chance.

Something had obviously happened with Skogsberg and Studio Sunlight because everything sounded so much better on this recording. I guess he had started to realize what death metal was all about, and we got along well.

– Nicke Andersson, Swedish Death Metal by Daniel Ekeroth