Deathlike Silence Productions

Deathlike Silence Productions (DSP) was a Norwegian independent record label founded in Oslo in 1987 (initially as Posercorpse Music) that focused on black metal. DSP supported the Norwegian black metal scene in the early 1990s.[1] Helvete was the headquarters of DSP.[2]

Deathlike Silence Productions
(as Posercorpse Music)
Distributor(s)Voices of Wonder
GenreBlack metal
Country of originNorway



The label was founded in 1987[3] by Øystein Aarseth, also known as Euronymous, who operated the label until his murder in 1993.[4] The name was derived from the Sodom song "Deathlike Silence" (from their 1986 release Obsessed by Cruelty).[5]

At first, the label mainly signed Norwegian acts, but as early as 1990 Aarseth had desired to establish a Swedish branch with Morgan Håkansson of Marduk, and towards its final years its also released an album by Japanese artist Sigh.[6] Aarseth was considering signing Rotting Christ, Masacre (Colombia)[7] and Hadez (Peru) before his death.[8]

Before the label's demise in 1994, it was planned to release Monumentum's debut album In Absentia Christi.[9] Darkthrone had threatened to release their second album A Blaze in the Northern Sky through Deathlike Silence when Peaceville Records would not due to their sudden change in genre.[10] Voices of Wonder "took over Deathlike Silence Productions after the death of Euronymous."[11]

Releases on DSP


See also



  1. ^ Re-release of the original Deathcrush from 1987.
  2. ^ Latin for The Call of Darkness Embraces Me.
  3. ^ Latin for In the Shadow of Evil I Will Walk, Forever in Dark Triumph.


  1. ^ Resistance, #10–16, Resistance Records, 2000, p. 118.
  2. ^ Joel McIver, Extreme Metal II, Omnibus Press, 2010, "Mayhem".
  3. ^ Mick O'Shea, Cemetery Gates: Saints and Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene, Plexus Publishing, 2014, "Dead (Per Yngve Ohlin)."
  4. ^ Chris Campion (20 February 2005): In the Face of Death,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen: The Saga of True Norwegian Black Metal,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  6. ^ The album 'Scorn Defeat' by Sigh was produced by Deathlike Silence
  7. ^ Bård "Faust" Eithun: Interview with Euronymous,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  8. ^ Hadez: "...From the Graves" Archived 1 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  9. ^ Garry Sharpe-Young: Monumentum Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine,, accessed on 21 April 2013.
  10. ^ A Blaze in the Northern Sky (video interview), 2003.
  11. ^ Biography,, accessed on 10 June 2013.