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CRUCIFIXION- Take it or leave it 7″ (Neat Records, UK, 1982)

Forgive me for posting the 2nd CRUCIFIXION so soon, but I just couldn’t hold myself back.

A considerable step in the right direction, as I’ve already mentioned in the presentation of the first 7″: Harder, faster and catchier. The towel-around-the-neck-sim is gone here and on the faster a-side, there’s plenty of good old SAXON (“Strong Arm of the Law”-era) to be heard, including a competent and tight rhythm guitar section. The vocals are a bit Biff-y too, but technically pretty weak – which of course, this is goodbadusic here, is what we especially like. It’s that nowadays totally vanished humane factor that makes this kind of music as great as the 50s rock’n'roll singles.
Especially the b-side, “On the Run”, is the smash hit and I couldn’t get it off the old Rex turntable after buying this single from my pocket money. It was on display in the village’s only record shop’s window for a short time because the owner normally only ordered 2 or 3 of these Neat singles, so I couldn’t wait until school was over on that one day, rushing to the store (“Disco Shop”!) and getting this slab with the great skeleton cover.
When I met the HELLHAMMER guys the year after, I quickly realized that Tom (being the enormous NWOBHM lover he was) recycled all these band names and song titles for his own group. This made a lot of impression on me and gave HELHAMMER a great aura of seriousness.

Take it or leave it.mp3
On the Run.mp3

14 Comments

  1. chaos !!!!!!

    i hate this heavymetal bullshit. punk please !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    What's the Truth? Reply:

    Punx don’t say please, chaos!

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    Eddie Reply:

    Are you an idiot?

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 17:54 | Permalink
  2. LongHairedAsshole

    lol chaos. you should know that when punks get pissed about metal being posted here Erich just posts more metal. oh, and this is some great stuff.

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    Admin Reply:

    ;-)

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 18:04 | Permalink
  3. Thomas

    Great Erich, especially that line about Hellhammer’s seriousness, haha! Love it!

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    Admin Reply:

    That was indeed pretty neat, if I may so, haha.

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 18:49 | Permalink
  4. steph.

    You almost sound like you appreciate HELLHAMMER here :-)

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    Admin Reply:

    I never said I would not appreciate HH or early CF. It’s just that I think Thomas Fischer as a human being is a complete arsehole and should be treated as such.

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    hörsth Reply:

    Fun fact, the first time i heard about Hellhammer was in an ad Tom ran in “contacts” in Kerrang in 1983 or 84 (the first- ever metal-only publication I saw in my life;I was blown away!). It consisted of a photo of a lot of hair with a nose sticking out in the middle and a text that ran, as far as I remember, “satanic slaughter seeks female victims. I´m playing lead axe in a band called Hellhammer”; When Hellhammer actually had a record out some considerable time later, I absolutely refused to listen to them for a long time.. still, I enjoy a lot of what he does; just dont want to get to know him.

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 18:51 | Permalink
  5. elliott

    hahaha all these metalhaters. sad. fuckin hellhammer. was tom always like that or was he cool at first. anyway thanks for putting this up. great record. yes it’s a step in the right direction. love it!

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 20:27 | Permalink
  6. Malcolm

    just wanted to say thank you for keeping up the best and most interesting blog on the net! it’s good to see my old friends’ band getting some acknowledgment. I’ve always felt that their vinyl releases sounded a bit pale in comparison with what they were able to pull off live.

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    Posted on 17-Aug-10 at 22:07 | Permalink
  7. Lux Caelum

    This isnt death metal. just plain old 80´s heavy metal

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    Admin Reply:

    Clever boy.

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    chano Reply:

    Neither metalcore… :D :D

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    LongHairedAsshole Reply:

    It might be mincecore though…

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    Malcolm Reply:

    and not hip hop either!

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    Posted on 18-Aug-10 at 16:17 | Permalink
  8. Sean

    Man that cover art is REALLY Majesty/Nausea style!

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    Malek Reply:

    Spot on Seanocide! I always found that design uber cool!
    More metal please Erich! ;)

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    Posted on 19-Aug-10 at 03:23 | Permalink
  9. chano

    Ok: this is REALLY good, especially the A-side sound powerful & aggressive. Much better than the first 7″.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-10 at 13:11 | Permalink
  10. C

    “fuckshitupism deluxe” haha perfect.

    1st vinyl i ever owned.
    “Burial” makes my spine cringe!

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    Posted on 25-Aug-10 at 00:22 | Permalink
  11. Dave G

    Good one Erich. You continuously seem to turn me onto these nwobhm acts that I never paid attention to in the past…thanks.

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    Posted on 25-Aug-10 at 05:20 | Permalink
  12. Eddie

    This band rules.Period

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    Posted on 07-Oct-10 at 10:45 | Permalink
  13. beri

    reading this post and listning to the music I realised that i have a maxi of this band which I think I only listended to once and always thought it was crap, bought some time in the eighties. so I put on the maxi and its also great!
    thank you for discovering this pearl in my collection

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    Posted on 06-Nov-10 at 19:49 | Permalink
  14. Dr Acula

    Thank you so much for this gem!
    BTW if you have the Green Eyes EP could you post it? Theres is a low quality mp3s on the net, so if you can post a higher quality version it would be great.
    Saludos

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    Posted on 02-Jun-11 at 22:43 | Permalink

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