Bathory ‎"Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" LP

$45.00
Bathory ‎"Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" LP

1986, the year this unholy document’s creation was recorded before its release on May 11 1987, was a peculiar year for metal whichever way one looks at it. Besides the Aquanet and Clairol dominance of the like of Bon Jovi and Europe, finally – with the release of landmark albums like Metallica’s Master Of Puppets and Slayer’s Reign In Blood – thrash metal was starting to be taken seriously as more than a juvenile tantrum by the metal press (at least beyond fanzines and the UK’s Metal Forces). The genre leaders, apparently intent on some evolutionary shift beyond the style they’d forged, were experimenting with guitar synths, bigger production values and pop sensibilities, as on Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time and Judas Priest’s Turbo, with somewhat mixed results. It stands to reason that the strange kind of alchemy that was taking place at Heavenshore studio in Huddinge, near Stockholm (a converted garage by any other name, in which the house engineer was Quorthon's dad) generated a great deal of its power and potency by being made in splendid isolation. "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" is a masterpiece.

Released by Blackmark/Back On Black.

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