Deathmeister, Vol. 1

Deathmeister, Vol. 1

     
 
At a time when death metal had gained widespread popularity throughout the world, yet also lost much of its pioneering spirit in that push towards mass exposure, Metal Blade Records sure weren't afraid to declare their continued faith in the genre with this 1998 compilation, Deathmeister, Vol. 1. And, to that purpose, Deathmeister, Vol. 1 was certainly

Overview

At a time when death metal had gained widespread popularity throughout the world, yet also lost much of its pioneering spirit in that push towards mass exposure, Metal Blade Records sure weren't afraid to declare their continued faith in the genre with this 1998 compilation, Deathmeister, Vol. 1. And, to that purpose, Deathmeister, Vol. 1 was certainly well equipped, packaging a total of 15 songs by 14 bands (Ancient being the sole provider of two songs, one of which had no business being here -- more on that later) at a budget-friendly price of $5.98. These tracks also represented several different types of extreme metal popular at the time: crunchy but complex gore-grind (Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under); heroic, sword-wielding Viking death metal (Amon Amarth); post-Gothenburg melodic death metal (God Dethroned, the Everdawn); full-blown black metal of the stripped down, all-guns-blazing (Dark Funeral, Defleshed, Enthroned) and symphonic varieties (Ancient, Lord Belial, Hecate Enthroned, Midvinter, Mithotyn); and even, just plain poorly executed, crap death metal (Gates of Ishtar). As for that lone exception to the rule, that would be Ancient's absolutely painful "Morte al Potere"; a portentous and truly horrendous collision of flutes, acoustic guitars, harpsichords, and tuneless, warbling female vocals that one can't imagine sounding any less cringe-inducing in 1998 than it does today. But, hey, what's past is past and, that bizarre bit of stylistic miscasting aside, Deathmeister, Vol. 1 delivers an enticing cross section of that year's extreme metal pool, without quite leaving one wondering too much about why there never was a Vol. 2.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/1998
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841417128
catalogNumber:
14171

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannibal Corpse   Track Performer
Dark Funeral   Track Performer
Ancient   Track Performer
Hecate Enthroned   Track Performer
Enthroned   Track Performer
Belial   Track Performer
God Dethroned   Track Performer
Amon Amarth   Track Performer
Mithotyn   Track Performer
Midvinter   Track Performer
Gates of Ishtar   Track Performer
Defleshed   Track Performer
Six Feet Under   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Chris Barnes   Composer
Scott Burns   Producer
Jim Morris   Producer
Peter Tägtgren   Producer
Berthus Westerhuis   Producer
Dark Funeral   Producer
Dan Swanö   Producer
Andy LaRocque   Producer
Brian Slagel   Producer
Enthroned   Producer
André Gielen   Producer
Allen West   Composer
Fredrik Nordström   Producer
Aphazel   Producer
Amon Amarth   Producer
Everdawn   Producer
Mithotyn   Producer
Midvinter   Producer
Gates of Ishtar   Producer
Vassago   Producer
Berno Paulsson   Producer

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