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37 Years Ago: BRATS (pre-MERCYFUL FATE) release 1980

BRATS began as a punk rock band in Copenhagen, 1977. The earliest material is good but not remarkable. Guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner (and briefly Carsten Van der Volsing) soon began incorporating their heavy metal influences - JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS and UFO. BRATS released their only LP - 1980 - on this day in 1980. They were never quite a punk band playing heavy metal but came close on "Tame Me" and "Complex". Good hard rock songs, some great punk songs and a couple of moments directly foreshadowing the oncoming MERCYFUL FATE masterpieces! By late 1980 King Diamond would join, Denner left, and eventually BRATS split. Immediately MERCYFUL FATE formed. And then consider... within a year of this album Shermann...

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25 Years Ago: BESTIAL SUMMONING release The Dark War Has Begun

Alot of people think we sound more constructed now but that's not true!! We still play uncontrolled and we don't know what we will play before we record the stuff. Only the sound is so much better that some people won't recognize our music...I think it came out very well, don't you think so to?- Unsane / Bestial Summoning interview, Slayer #9, 1991 BESTIAL SUMMONING released their only album on this day in 1992. Unholy Prison The Dark War Has Begun was the first release by Tomas Nyqvist’s No Fashion Records. Tomas also wrote Putrefaction zine in 1990, here’s an early BURZUM interview from Putrefaction #7.

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27 Years Ago: ANCIENT RITES release debut demo Dark Ritual

Ancient Rites was formed early '89 and consisted of an entirely different line-up of which I am the only one left. Soon after releasing the "Dark Ritual" demo, Philip (guitars) died in a car accident, Stefan (drums) was fired and committed suicide, Johan (guitars) left the entire metal scene...- Gunther Theys / Ancient Rites interview, Psicoterror #3, 1996 Recorded at the Seagull Studio in April '90, ANCIENT RITES released their first demo - Dark Ritual - on this day in 1990. For being our first demo I think "Dark Ritual" was allright, it had a clear sound. However, we don't play all the tracks anymore, 'cause I find some songs too thrash and we're a Death/Black metal band with doomparts....

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33 Years Ago: VENOM release At War with Satan (inform the Grand Master of Hades!)

Barbarian! Destroyer! Warrior! The Return of True Power Metal Unleashed from the darkest depths of Damnationto bring forth the book of Armageddon ... Barbaric black metal (NEAT 1015, that is) arrived on this day in 1984. VENOM's third album, At War with Satan! You won't believe it, we had "At War With Satan" before we even started to record "Welcome To Hell". We had "Possessed" before we even started to record "Welcome To Hell", we had everything figured out. That's how you can see the "Possessed" lyrics on "Welcome To Hell", "Black Metal" and "At War With Satan" already. We had the whole thing figured out from day one we always said we got four studio albums and a live...

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