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The True Beginning of Black Metal - 100%

Nolan_B, November 3rd, 2008

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the heaviest thing to come out by 1982. Yes, the same year that Venom released their legendary "Black Metal", Mercyful Fate had released "Melissa", and that was about all there was in 1982 in black metal. These releases pale in comparison to the amount of evil found in this musical content.

The most important part of this demo, are the vocals. I don't know if it's the production, but Angelripper's vocals sound just as harsh and throaty as many second wave black metal bands. There is a line where speed metal becomes black, and Sodom, in my opinion, crossed it with this demo. The guitars are very buzzsaw and trebly sounding if you listen closely. Much like Bathory's guitar tone on their debut two years later. Yes, this demo is very amateur sounding, and definitely out of tune. But does that really matter? It's early Sodom, and with early Sodom, you know what you are going to get. Early Sodom is an extremely primitive expression of thrash metal, mix in a little bit of blasphemy, and you have black metal; REAL black metal.

Bottom line: If you think that Hellhammer, Bathory, or Venom invented black metal single handedly, give this demo a listen. All black metal fans should experience such an early representation of their genre. What you hear might surprise you.

"The sin of Sodom is in the sign of evil."