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Review: 666 - 666

Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2020
Duration: 31:38
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 5, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

So this came out of the blue as being apparently the first Norwegian black metal band, back in 1982 or so. The band never made any studio recordings, just some live stuff (including a live appearance on Norwegian TV in 1983), and Nuclear War Now! Productions has stepped up to the plate the reissued those rare recordings.

This is more like heavy metal with satanic lyrics, so don't expect your typical Norwegian black metal. They name Motörhead and Venom as influences and you can certainly hear that throughout, though I'd say Motörhead trumps Venom in their sound and there's a '70s hard/heavy rock sound that's so predominant that I wouldn't have been surprised if I had been told that this was written and played in the second half of the '70s. So, this often sounds borderline metal and it's their raw and basic approach that kicks them on the right side of the fence.

Unsurprisingly, with these being live recordings nearly 40 years ago, the sound is not all that great but still pretty damn good considering the circumstances and most of it is clear enough that I didn't find myself struggling to hear the music. These guys don't sound like virtuosos and the playing is kind of amateurish but, after a few listens, I found myself finding the beauty in the simplicity of it all. Kudos to the label for bringing this little piece of underground metal history into the spotlight.

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