on 16 August 2003
Many would agree that this is the very first real black metal album. Mayhem is, as many knows, a legendary black metal band that has alot of history surrounding it. This record is very raw and unpolished. But that is actually what black metal is. It has never been about big productions, black metal is about atmosphere. That is why many bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth are rejected by the fans of the "True Black Metal". On this recording Mayhem capture the atmosphere and feel of Black metal perfectly. Euronymous plays black metal riffs the way they should be played, and Necrobutcher lays down some great bass lines. The drumming is a bit sketchy, but adds to the black metal feel. Maniac does a great job with the growling. This whole album is really dirty and evil and I don't think anyone can say that they like black metal until they have heard Deathcrush. The original and one of the best.
on 24 October 2001
This album is a must have for all fans of Mayhem, Darkthrone and, Graveland! Poorly recorded and very raw, this album takes time to get used to. Don't let the length (17 minutes), or the fact that the drums are sometime out of time, put you off buying it as it is a great album. However, if you are not a fan of raw, early black metal, then I suggest you move on.
I'm writing this as a long-time death metal/grindcore fan, who has always been turned off of black metal by the ludicrous Kiss-style make-up, but having finally decided to dip a toe into the waters with this early release by genre giants Mayhem (hurray - so old - it's pre-make-up!). Essentially a demo pressed onto CD, Deathcrush is certainly impressive for it's time - despite the myth that Mayhem deliberately set out for an underground sound as a reaction against the construction-line of Scott Burns/Morrisound produced death metal back in 1987 when this was recorded the death scene itself had yet to take off. As expected at an early stage of their career the band are raw and there is a certain sloppiness apparent (particularly noticeable in the drumming and the cover version of Witching Hour), and the drummer is incapable of blastbeats so has to perform extended snare rolls when required, but the sound still carries a punch, with the searing guitar work from Euronymous making this standout from the crowd. I cant say I'm hugely impressed with the rasping vocals, which just drone on line by line without any interesting vocal rhythms, but despite it's raw edges this is still an impressive early effort from a band that looked full of promise...
on 10 November 2003
Despite being very short (at just over 17 minutes) and Mayhem being at this point not particularly experienced musicians, I think this album is excellent. The solo drumming on the intro track sets just the right atmosphere and the songs are strangely 'catchy'. The vocals are excellent and set the standard for black metal to come - a piercing, high-pitched ungodly shriek that is great alleviation after listening to those terrible vocals on 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'. The words (you have to download them from Mayhems website - you won't understand them from the album) are perverted and disgusting - true 'death' metal lyrics. This album really started the whole black movement in style. An underground classic and must for any BM fan.
on 31 July 2000
Many would agree this is the first ever black metal record made, and it is a fantastic addition to any record collection. I love this record SO much. you cannot claim to be fan of the old black metal if you have not experienced this record, this is the one which started it all. BUY IT!