Classic metal didn’t just completely cease to exist after the Golden Age, which is why I’m starting this series to catch us all up on what’s been going in our beloved genre since then.
Because of the amazing impact that the Golden Age had on the genre, as long as greasy, long-haired youngsters are respecting their musical elders, taking inspiration from the Golden Age, and taking this music that we all love forward into new directions in a bright future, metal will never, EVER die! Now, thanks for all the viewership you’ve gifted me with here, and toodles to all, finally.
Marduk’s “Those of The Unlight” and Rotting Christ’s “Thy Mighty Contract”, proved that non-Norwegians could black out with the best of ’em, while over IN Norway itself, a number of genre icons putting out some big sophomore efforts, including Immortal’s “Pure Holocaust”, Burzum’s “Det som engang var”, and Darkthrone’s “Under a Funeral Moon”, showing that the movement was only get stronger, and would peak very soon, as we’ll see next time…
’92 also saw the release of a couple of debuts from future black metal icons, including Immortal’s “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” and Burzum’s self-titled debut, all of which were records that officially inaugurated the breakthrough of the 2nd wave of black metal.
’91 is most notable for seeing the peak of old-school death metal, as, in addition to all of these classics, even Darkthrone was getting in on the action with “Soulside Journey”, just before they kickstarted the 2nd Wave of Black Metal, but that’s a discussion for next entry, eh?
And finally, besides “Left Hand Path”, the golden age of death metal continued strong this year, and all of this richness in the genre would grow even stronger and result in the greatest year in the history of the style, very, VERY soon…
A number of classic records contributed to ’89 being the true, official beginning of the golden age of death metal, and helped to establish the genre as a newly dominant style, one that we’ll see cross over and blow up in a certain Scandinavian country very, very soon…
You’d think that with ’88 being the only year from the golden age of thrash that we got albums from every single member of “The Big 4”, it would be the greatest year in the history of the genre hands down, but unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case, as all of those bands experienced, in one way or another, a sort of early mid-life crisis in their careers, as they were unable to produce follow-ups that were as iconic or beloved as their previous records.
87 was a bit of an “in-between year” when it came to the most significant metal genres, but, while not as iconic as the previous, peak year for the genre, it was still incredible for thrash, and quite possibly the runner-up for best year in the history of the genre.
Thrash completely dominated the year, as, if we only see saw “Pleasure”, “Reign”, & “Puppets” in ’86 alone, it would already be one of the greatest years for the genre, but add in everything else, and ’86’s status as the absolute peak of thrash is cemented for all time.