I was raised on classic rock. My father — being an old hard rocker — familiarised me with bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the likes, from cradle onward. Gradually I wanted to follow my own musical path, and with an upbringing like that, I was destined to dive in the deep. The first album I bought with my own pocket money was Morbid Angel’s Covenant. That must have been in the summer of ’93. I discovered other death metal bands like Deicide, but death metal couldn’t really scratch my itch. I liked the brutal, but I missed the definition in the sound and the tone. One year later, my world got turned upside down with the release of Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Their image had preceded their music, with features on church burnings and murder horror stories in the mainstream media. My best friend and I at the time were intrigued, to say the least. On a school trip to Bristol (I think it was), we ended up in a record store where they had a copy of the vinyl version and the CD version of the album. I was really hoping to score the CD, and my friend was fine with getting the vinyl version. It’s safe to say that in hindsight my friend got the longest end of the stick with his first pressing of De Mysteriis on vinyl, but either way it did send us on our way. The sound was just as brutal as death metal, but it was more defined and crisp sounding. This really ticked off all the boxes to my ears, and I got totally submerged in black metal. The Internet was still in its infancy, and was mostly only available in public places. So my friend and I both chipped in to buy us some time at the library where you could consult the Internet, and we started compiling everything we could about Mayhem and the upcoming Norwegian black metal scene. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas was my gateway to extreme music, and it’s to this very day an album I spin regularly from a band I hold dearly.