De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is a monolith of dark, fuzzy and creeping evil. I remember my mate Kenneth corresponding with Euronymous, and my friend Karen sleeping a night in Helvete, being freaked out by a knife flashing and mumbling guy known as Greven – The Count.
I also remember thinking that they took things way too far in Norway. When the killings and the arson was rumoured here in Denmark, I turned my back on most black metal. I have always loved Venom and Bathory though, so the frost remained in my veins – I know: 100% vn-kvlt.
During the last 5-6 years however, I have been smitten by that horned bug, and have learned to enjoy Burzum, old (and new) Darkthrone and last but not least Mayhem. Which (witch (hahaha, diabolical laughter)) brings us to the record at hand. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. And here it is, all the murder, arson and right-wing madness I turned my back at all those years ago. And even if I still reject the values and beliefs expressed in this record, I must admit that it is a masterpiece. Unrelenting and driving forever forward as a bloodthirsty Lovecraftian beast.
So if you have the same skepticism towards black metal as I had, I urge you – give it a try. Who knows? You might get hooked…