At the time of its release, this album represented the ultimate in raw, truly EVIL black Metal. The type of music that would send posers running and screaming back into the closet to listen to those Sheena Easton and Duran Duran albums (or slap on a Judas Priest record so they could at least PRETEND to be heavy.) But I can think of no other band at this time that was as truly malevolent and evil sounding as these guys were.
A lot of people have compared this to Venom, and certainly those comparisons are valid. Both bands share a similar songwriting style and image. NME weren’t really a speed or thrash band in the sense that, say, Bathory, Slayer and Possessed were. Rather, much like Venom and Hellhammer, they relied on a series of mid-paced, malevolent grinding riffs and allowed the overall heaviness, atmosphere and distortion to carry the sound. However, the guitar sounds on here are far darker and more corrosive and sinister than Venom ever were; its actually somewhat indescribable: eerie and heavy at the same time. The playing is none too complex, but there is more going on than just the simple riffs. The guitar has way more reverb and distortion on it than Venom or Hellhammer, and the guitarist deliberately channels the feedback to accentuate the playing. The overall effect is one of simplicity and power, getting the most power out of each single note, mimimalism at its best. And the production values are none too pretty either but that’s the point, you just don’t want them to be. The raw minimalist production actually suits this music perfectly; everything cranked up to ten. The whole thing is paradoxically beautiful in its very rawness and ugliness. (Oxenkiller review)
In April 1986, the NME frontman Kurt was accused of killing his adoptive mother with a hatchet and scissors while on drugs. He claimed that he thought he was a robot. He wanted to open up his mother to see if she was a robot also. He was charged with second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released early in 1994 and that was when NME's music took a change.
On March 9th, 2005 Kurt A. Struebing was killed when he was crossing a bridge in Seattle, Washington. His car and about 3 other cars were stopped at a barricade on a swing bridge which was open letting boat traffic go through the Duwamish Waterway. Witnesses report that his car suddenly pulled out of line, burst through the stopped traffic and ran through the barricade falling 60 feet to his death. They are not sure if he was under the influence or suicidal.