Mayhem - Deathcrush Picture-LP
Mayhem is one of those bands that, to the ones in the know, really requires no introduction. One of the founders of Norwegian black metal, it and its sound were pivotal in the transition between early first-wave black metal and the second wave that came to dominate early 90s underground metal in Scandinavia and elsewhere. In this grand scheme, the Deathcrush EP played by no means a small part. Released in 1987, it’s one of the earliest black metal releases by a band not named Bathory, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, or Venom, and because of this, its impact cannot be understated.