Deathlike Silence Productions

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Deathlike Silence Productions
Distributor(s)Voices of Wonder
GenreBlack metal
Country of originNorway

Deathlike Silence Productions was a Norwegian independent record label founded in Oslo in the late 1980s that focused on black metal. It was the first independent label to do so.[citation needed] The label was founded by Øystein Aarseth, also known as Euronymous, who operated the label until his murder in 1993.[1] The name was derived from the Sodom song "Deathlike Silence" (from their 1986 release Obsessed by Cruelty).[2] At first, the label mainly signed Norwegian acts, but as early as 1990 Aarseth had desired to establish a Swedish branch with Morgan Håkansson of Marduk, and towards its final years its scope was also broadened to other countries such as Japan.[3] Aarseth was considering signing Rotting Christ, Masacre (Colombia)[4] and Hadez (Peru) before his death.[5] Before the label's demise it was planned to release Monumentum's debut album In Absentia Christi.[6] Darkthrone had threatened to release their second album A Blaze in the Northern Sky through Deathlike Silence when Peaceville Records would not due to their sudden change in genre.[7] Voices of Wonder "took over Deathlike Silence Productions after the death of Euronymous."[8]

Releases on DSP[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Re-release of the original Deathcrush from 1987.
  2. ^ Latin for The Call of Darkness Embraces Me.
  3. ^ Latin for In the Shadow of Evil I Will Walk, Forever in Dark Triumph.


  1. ^ Chris Campion (20 February 2005): In the Face of Death,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  2. ^ Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen: The Saga of True Norwegian Black Metal,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  3. ^ The album 'Scorn Defeat' by Sigh was produced by Deathlike Silence
  4. ^ Bård "Faust" Eithun: Interview with Euronymous,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ Hadez: "...From the Graves",, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  6. ^ Garry Sharpe-Young: Monumentum,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  7. ^ A Blaze in the Northern Sky (video interview), 2003.
  8. ^ Biography,, accessed on 10 June 2013.

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