Metal History AKA Facts
Close to a Hundred Hard Rock , Classic Rock, Blues and Classical artists helped dig the foundation so that Black Sabbath could start building the Heavy Metal mansion in 1968. If I mention one, that will lead to all of them being mentioned. This controversy is one of the many examples of how an overly opened mind is open to infection. The mindset I speak of also have created the "who was the first Death Metal band" controvery. Next, we will bring this so-called controvery to an end with facts. This isn't rocket science, it's Heavy Metal History!
History is full of timelines and it goes through steps. If a particuler entity didn't exist more than likely that step in history would still happen, just not as quick. When Slayer hit the scence in 1983, there were Early Extreme bands such as Venom, Metallica, and Mercyful Fate, but Show No Mercy took it to the next level of extremity. Slayer became the kings of early extreme.
For the Record, Kam Lee is Right
Without a doubt Chuck Schuldiner had a big part in the process of creating certain types of Extreme Metal. The sad thing is after his death, he left control of his
legacy to a man that should have never had control of anything. All that Eric did was to try to rewrite Metal history.
1987 Death's first album Scream Bloody Gore was a Thrash / Death Metal masterpiece. From this point on Chuck would start spinkling in the Prog and created Progressive Death Thrash. 1993 Album Individual Thought Patterns is a progressive extreme Metal album from beginning to end that features an all star line-up.
So to be a part of this discusion, part:1 is to study the different genres of Extreme Metal that came about during the late 70's with Venom (Heavy, Thrash, Black, Punk) and Mercyful Fate (Heavy, Hard, Black, Symphonic) the creators of the early Extreme. Leading up to the 80's explosion of Death/ Thrash, Death/Grind, Prog Death, Melodic Death, Early Slam/Death, Death/ Punk and blast beat driven brutal Death Metal.
The Building of the second story of the Heavy Metal Mansion, The Early Extreme: The Metal landscape in the late 70s Consisted of Heavy, Hard, Doom, NWOBHM and Power Metal. All of the bands at this time were being attacked by the PMRC and others and being satanic. Venom and Mercyful Fate would proudly serve up some classic satanic Black Metal for the Heavy Metal Masses and change everything.
The Godfathers of Extreme Heavy Metal Music are Venom. In 1980 they released the first early extreme track known as In League With Satan. In 1981 Mercyful Fate
created Symphonic Black Metal. Both of these pioneers mixed in some Black, Thrash, Heavy, Speed, Power and (in the case of Venom) NWOBHM and Punk into their Heavy Metal drive. Celtic Frost,
Bathory, Sodom and about a half dozen more bands helped create the Early Extreme movement.
1984: Possessed was the first to add (the key word being add) in early forms of Death Metal. If they had a faster drummer they probally would of been a true Death Metal band. The Bottom line is that Possessed created Thrash / Death Metal.
Morbid Angel had the best of both worlds going on in the 1990's. Along with Terrorizer they helped create Blast Beat Driven Death Metal and Grind in the case of Terrorizer. But Morbid Angel just like Death, mixed in some groovy Thrash Metal beats with a Death Metal drive. The biggest difference being the fact that Death was never blast beat driven, and Morbid Angel never mixed in Prog into their drive. Around the same time you would have Obituary laying down the blueprints for the Slam related Death Thrash rooms in the Heavy Metal Mansion.
Napalm Death in the 80's was a Hardcore Punk band that when it was all said and done is a one of a kind mixture of Venom and Terrorizer. Hall of famers without a doubt!
Some Extreme Metal Facts
Not all Death Metal is blast beat driven. Gore and Slam helps to define this.
Not all Death Metal Bands growl aka Cookie monster Vocals.
Vocals and Speed don't define the genre.
The Big Half Dozen? Or the West Coast big 4 and the International big 4 Groundbreaking Thrashers.
This topic here is a opinion piece that includes facts to back it up. The so-called Big 4 is one of the many Metal controvesies. Many believe and I agree that some West coast Thrashers should be
included, but not all of the 1980's west coast Thrashes can be on the list. What about the groundbreaking Thrash Metal hall of famers that came from other parts of the world. Sepultura, Kreator
and Overkill are as important to the whole sceme of things as can stand toe to toe with the big 4.
Groundbreaking moments in time combined with past and current Influence and album sales dictates the majority of this.
Work in progress
When Man and Machine Collide The sad story of Chuck Schuldiner's swan song. Chuck's part recorded but because of circumstance and Tim Aymar passing it will never be
Sadley in 2001 when Chuck was battling Cancer he was also working on the 2nd Control Denied album called When Man and Machine Collide. Rumors that I've never verified say that it was a possiblity that Tim was not going to do the vocals. Control Denied had signed with Hammerheart for this release. After Chucks passing a legal battle between vultures and snakes begun. In 2009 all legal issue's had been ironed out. Eric Grief and Tom Morris had been working on a recording timeline in 2011 when Morrisound recording studio had a bunch of equipment stolen. For some reason or another everything fell apart and many times from that point all Eric would say is that it wouldn't happen and before his death this became personal with Eric saying to me the music didn't exist even though demo tracks were released and in my hand. Also during this time frame their was alot of historical dates being munipulated on wikipedia and other sites. This was brought to my attension from an intervies givin by Mr.Becerra from the band Possessed. It became aparent that all we would get was countless re issue's of every moment of Chuck's career except for his swan song. Now with the out of site out of mind factor, streaming services and sadley Tim's death in 2023 all we can hope for is one full album of all of the Demos from Chuck's swan song.
1982 Technical Rythms
Guitar timeline 1982. By the time 1982 came around Eddie Van Halen had already raised the guitar bar numerous time. In 1982 Van Halen went from their heaviest album ( Fair Warnings) to the more accessible Diver Down album. A track called Little Guitars (b-side track) possesses the most technical rythms of the Hard Rock Era that helped pave the way for everything technical and Heavy. This track had Eddie playing Flammenco style with a pick that he picked up after checking out Carlos Montoya. Recorded with the Mini Les Paul in the pic above.