Norway Day! (Part One)
Just for the hell of it, today is Norway Day where I am sharing demos that pre-date the rise of Black Metal and all the associated nastiness that went with it.
It is also a good excuse to rummage through the early days of many of the musicians who would make their names in the 90s, so in alphbetical order;
Amputation "Achieve The Mutilation" Demo 1989
Amputation "Slaughter In The Arms Of God" Demo 1990
This was the band that pre-dated Immortal, featuring both Harald Nævdal (a.k.a. Demonaz) & Jørn Inge Tunsberg (who was also in Hades & Old Funeral). Musically it is pretty good death metal, showing very few if any hints of what was to come.
Checker Patrol "Demo Reh 1986"
This throw-away band would no doubt have been forgotten if it were not for the presence of a certain Euronymous and Necrobutcher from the fledgling Mayhem and to a lesser extent Markus, Michael and Robert from Germany's Assassin. Probably written and recorded on the same night in a sweaty bedroom filled with empty beer cans, it is pretty awful to be honest. Listen to "Satan Dies In Hell" for eternal proof that the super evil Øystein Aarseth did in fact have a sense of humour once.
Death Fuck "Abnormal Rape" Demo 1987
Very primitive thrash that features Mayhem's Messiah on vocals, the band didn't last long, soon changing their name to Impostor who were a much better prospect.
Impostor "Little Hitler Illusion" Demo 1987
I'm not sure if Bard Faust plays drums on this tape, but he was certainly in the band at some point. This marks a great improvement on Death Fuck, with a distinct Hellhammer influence.