|Released||16 August 1987|
|Recorded||February–March 1987 at Creative Studios, Kolbotn, Norway|
|Producer||Mayhem, Erik Avnskog|
Though influential to black metal, its lyrics and sound were largely influenced by thrash metal bands. After vocalist Dead joined the group, the band adopted darker lyrical topics and guitarist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) started rejecting most other metal bands as their lyrics turned towards "social awareness" and "normal" topics instead of death worship; he "wanted things to be more serious and extreme". Dead stated that the lyrics "aren't bad at all, but they are later what would become gore and trendy".
The opening track "Silvester Anfang" was provided to the band by German electronic music composer Conrad Schnitzler, after Euronymous found Schnitzler's home address and sat outside his house until he was eventually invited in. Euronymous then asked Schnitzler to compose an intro for the album; rather than record a new composition Schnitzler gave Euronymous a random piece from his archives, which would later become known as "Silvester Anfang".
Drummer Kjetil Manheim later stated that the band's sound was "something that [the studio technician] did not know how to record (...) so he just set the settings and we recorded". He also noted that there was "no mix, before or after" and "no overdubs: bass, drums, guitar are live and then we recorded the vocals after".
In 2008, Daniel Ekeroth wrote, "The two visionaries [Aarseth and Per 'Dead' Ohlin] pushed each other further into darkness, and sometime in 1990 they finally adopted the Satanic image that would become so crucial for the genre [...] It's well documented that Øystein initially was very into death metal and grindcore".
Maniac performed vocals on all of the tracks except "Pure Fucking Armageddon", which was sung by Messiah. The Venom cover "Witching Hour" was sung by Messiah and Maniac. Manheim played piano on "(Weird) Manheim".
|1.||"Silvester Anfang" (instrumental)||Conrad Schnitzler||1:56|
|4.||"Witching Hour" (Venom cover)||Venom||1:49|
|6.||"(Weird) Manheim" (instrumental)||0:48|
|7.||"Pure Fucking Armageddon"||2:09|
LP Bonus track
Note: Some versions have "(Weird) Manheim" and "Pure Fucking Armageddon" on the same track.
- Maniac – "Gutpuking" (lead vocals on tracks 2, 3 and 5; co-lead vocals on track 4 and 8)
- Euronymous – "Deathsaw" (guitar; co-lead vocals on track 8)
- NecroButcher – "4-string Crushfuck" (bass; lyrics; co-lead vocals on track 8)
- Manheim – "Hellhammers" (drums; piano on track 6; co-lead vocals on track 8)
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- Listed as session member on back cover