WHITE HELL
Lucifer

line-up:
Jim Stiles (voc side A), Ken Lynch (voc side 1), Ketsunori Tabata (git), Caspar Appeldoorn (git), Keisuke Shimizu (bs), Andy Frick (dr)

format: 7" EP Side A:
  1. Lucifer

Side B:

  1. Nuclear
  2. White Hell
year: 1985
country: Japan/?
label: private
#: pr 8503
insert: no, lyrix on back
edition: ?
rarity: 8/10
 





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I know I'm far from the only one who is always on the lookout for the earliest and most obscure Black/Death/Doom/Occult Metal releases, and finding "new" and (almost) unknown items in this fairly narrow field these days is a rare thing indeed. Therefore it is with great pleasure I bring this utterly rare and seldom mentioned Satanic item out into the light for you "True Old-School Black Metal" fanatics. Lets see if it will explode, implode, melt, scratch, scream or mutate when the rays of light hit its black vinyl heart...

Venom. Venom venom venom. Venom-venom venom venom venom-venom venom. Venom? VENOM! ...That's pretty much what these guys were thinking when recording this thing (see? I also do fortunetelling. Call me!) "Lucifer" is the most blatant rip-off - no - ode to the Tyneside trio since NME (hm.. same year). The song itself in an oversimple salut to ol' Nick and his cohorts, but it's also one of the coolest and most satanic Metal songs ever written. The lyrics are AMAZING. 'Nuff hype, read for yourself:

WE'RE GATHERED HERE TONIGHT
TO CALL OUR LORD SATAN
GIVE US YOUR COMMAND
DEATH TO YOU, IS WHAT HE DEMANDS

I SPIT ON VIRGIN MARY
I VOMIT ON THE CROSS
I DO THIS ALL FOR YOU
LORD SATAN, LUCIFER

DEATH TO YOU CHRIST
HEAVEN BURNS
KILL THE ANGELS
SATAN LAUGHS

SOLD MY SOUL FOR AN EVIL GOAL
I'M A BLASPHEMER
I'LL SKIN YOU ALL ALIVE
I'M THE MESSENGER FROM HELL

I BEAR THE NUMBER
666
I WEAR THE CROSS
DIRTY, FILTHY, UPSIDE DOWN

I CURSE AT THE LYING PRIEST
I MAKE LOVE TO THE DEAD
I BURN THE FUCKING BIBLES
I LAUGH AT THE BLIND BELIEVERS

THEY BELIEVE IN A SECOND COMING
NOT AS LONG AS SATAN COMMANDS
I'M GONNA DRAG YOU TO THE GRAVE
YOU WILL BE BURIED ALIVE!


...all screamed in horribly pronounced English by some Japanese dude you think. Wrong! There's no doubt about the fa
ct that the vocalists in WHITE HELL were English, or American, or perhaps even Australian - that's the closest I could pinpoint that accent. Haven't got a clue though, except for the fact that they're definitely not Japanese.
Turning to side B, or "1" as it says on the cover, things get a little more Thrashy. The first SLAYER disc was apparently also a popular vax on social gatherings of Mr Styles, Lynch, Tabata & co. Actually it's more like SLAYER-meets-BAD NEWS than the aforementioned VENOMs. This other vocalist sound very Brittish. Ein Gastarbeiter wielleicht? Could this actually count as a semi-NWOBHM item?? Wham!! There came another zero to the already high pricetag. Sorry BM-kids, now you'll NEVER see another copy in your life. Nah... I really don't know shit. (Mind you, that reads like a cry for help in the form of more info). The theme-song is little more than an outro with this doomy, fuzzed-out riff played over and over into fade-out infinity. Not a half-bad ending for the ultimate Satan Metal cult item.

The production is kinda cool, not at all like the old muddy VENOM/NME/WARFARE recordings, this is more of a sloppy kitchen-sink mix straight from the rehearsal room. Everything is crisp and clear, but so totally devoid of punch it actually sounds kinda scary. Like having these criminally insane, disturbed drunkards in your livingroom looking for a fistfight or some afternoon goatsodomy. And what if they're all out of goats?
Anyway, the single was definitely made in Japan, and Japanese collectors vouch for the fact that it was a Japanese band, but judging from the names of those involved they must have originated from many different places, but no clues are given in the linernotes. There's some credit to a band called BLACK BUDDHA though. If that's not the coolest Black Metal band name ever I don't know shit from brown vinyl VENOM-records.

Listen to this record here. (provided by the Vibrations Of Doom webzine)


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