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EP by Mayhem
Released 16 August 1987
Recorded February–March 1987 at Creative Studios, Kolbotn, Norway
Genre Black metal
Length 18:34
Label Posercorpse
Producer Mayhem, Erik Avnskog
Mayhem chronology
Pure Fucking Armageddon
Live in Leipzig
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Deathcrush is an EP by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. It was released on 16 August 1987 by the Posercorpse record label, and was the first studio release by any band in the Norwegian black metal scene.


Though influential to black metal, its lyrics and sound were largely influenced by early death metal bands. After vocalist Dead joined the group, the band adopted darker lyrical topics and guitarist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) started rejecting most death metal bands as their lyrics turned towards "social awareness"[2] and "normal" topics[3] instead of death worship;[2] he "wanted things to be more serious and extreme".[3] Dead stated that the lyrics "aren't bad at all, but they are later what would become gore and trendy".[2]

The opening track "Silvester Anfang" was provided to the band by German electronic composer Conrad Schnitzler, after Euronymous found Schnitzler's home address and sat outside his house until he was eventually invited in.[4] Euronymous then asked Schnitzler to compose an intro for the album; rather than record a new composition Schnitzler gave Euronymous a random piece from his archives, which turned to be "Silvester Anfang".

Drummer Kjetil Manheim later stated that the band's sound was "something that [the studio technician] did not know how to record (...) so he just set the settings and we recorded". He also noted that there was "no mix, before or after" and "no overdubs: bass, drums, guitar are live and then we recorded the vocals after".[5]

In 2008, Daniel Ekeroth wrote, "The two visionaries [Aarseth and Per 'Dead' Ohlin] pushed each other further into darkness, and sometime in 1990 they finally adopted the Satanic image that would become so crucial for the genre [...] It's well documented that Øystein initially was very into death metal and grindcore".[6]

According to Dead, most, but not all of the lyrics were written by bassist Necrobutcher.[2][7]

Maniac performed vocals on all of the tracks except "Pure Fucking Armageddon", which were sung by Messiah. The Venom cover "Witching Hour" were sung by Messiah and Maniac.[8] Manheim played piano on "(Weird) Manheim".[8]


Despite its limited print run, the mini-album appeared in the top 20 on Kerrang! magazine's album charts.[4]


"Chainsaw Gutsfuck" was voted "Most Gruesome Lyrics Ever" by Blender in 2006.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mayhem (Maniac, Euronymous, Necrobutcher, Manheim, Messiah), except as noted.

1."Silvester Anfang" (Intro)Conrad Schnitzler1:56
2."Deathcrush" 3:33
3."Chainsaw Gutsfuck" 3:33
4."Witching Hour" (Venom cover)Venom1:49
5."Necrolust" 3:37
6."(Weird) Manheim" 0:48
7."Pure Fucking Armageddon" 2:09
8."Outro" 1:09
Total length:18:34
Note: Some versions have "(Weird) Manheim" and "Pure Fucking Armageddon" on the same track.
Note: The outro only appeared on the original LP.



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Deathcrush – Mayhem : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d The True Mayhem. In: Metalion: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 209.
  3. ^ a b Kristiansen, Jon: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 221.
  4. ^ a b Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, Dayal Patterson, p. 135.
  5. ^ Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, Dayal Patterson, p. 136.
  6. ^ Ekeroth, Daniel: Swedish Death Metal. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2008, pp. 245–246.
  7. ^ "Cooking with Satan – The Mayhem Archive Part II: Dead Interview". 11 July 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Mayhem - Deathcrush - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  9. ^ " – Slayer, Slipknot, Cannibal Corpse Among 'Most Gruesome Lyrics... Ever'". 24 October 2006. Retrieved 16 September 2012.