The name of the devil in the Dr. Faustus myth caught their eye but Mephistopheles felt too long, which was cut to Mefisto. A singer was also tried but he was not particularly fond of death metal, instead a guitarist turned up. Or rather, Mefisto turned up for Omar Ahmed one day when he was rehearsing and they were amazed by his playing. He did not immediately accept the offer to join Mefisto, but once his other band broke up he did so.
He’d rather play “Total Death Concrete Magical Speed Warfare Metal” (as the style was described by Metalion) with these lunatics than not play at all. The first of the two demos Mefisto were to record turned up in May 1986 after a delay of two months. A twenty minute piece of brutal but surprisingly mature death metal when the very term was barely coined. Alright, the band themselves called it both death metal and black metal. The more melodic influences of Omar certainly gave Mefisto´s undeniable brutality a subtler side and I am sure the guitarist been as hard a fan of bands like Celtic Frost the sound would have been far less recognizable. The lyrics, written by Thord, mainly studied war and warlike conditions, as sounds logical to titles like” Act Dead” and “Missing in Action”.
Although flirting with symbols such as the inverted cross, the rest of the lyrics were rather about occultism than Satanism. The “typical” occultism if you excuse the description, as represented by the Eliphas Levi + octogram image on the demo cover, was also affected by Omar’s passion for Egyptic mythology. One of the few, if not the only radio station that received this demo was Monte Conner’s WBMB Witching Hour in New York. Being voted over Helstar, Celtic Frost and Sacrifice did tell something about the capacity of this unknown, new band from Sweden. Already in the demo days the band backed up by manager Mike Eriksson, Mefisto were eager to release an album, but due to lack of clever labels the story of the band, as we know, end after the second demo. “The Puzzle…” featured four songs one of which even reached over eight minutes and an even growing desire to finally release a professional item.
This demo was released in November 1986. The disagreements between Omar and the core of Mefisto grew. They had always been there: the second demo was predicted to be even more brutal than “Megalomania” while the results was in the opposite direction with multiplied amounts of guitar compared to the debut which itself did not lack solos. “The Puzzle…” remained the final chapter and as such quite mouthful. When listened to, it requires concentration due to its most intricate shape but although being one of the most special demos from Sweden. Unfortunately Mefisto split up years before the Swedish death metal scene took the world by the storm... Mefisto, Czechoslovakia Mefisto is also a Czechoslovakian (surf)beat group, founded in 1963 by Karel Svoboda with the saxophonist František Kopal. Mefisto, Serbia Mefisto was a noise punk / hardcore band from Novi Sad (Serbia). Existed from 1999.
until 2002. Band played several gigs and recorded one demo album and one mini-album. Their demo album from 1999. ''Bili smo ponosni ratnici'' was recorded entirely in a living room with cheap plastic microphones.
Mefisto were: Mihajlo (dreDDup, MRT, CutnpastE), Slavko (Groove Orchestra, MB?) and Boba (Dark Dawn, MB?). Only one concert took place in 2004. with Pedja (ZBL, Vrisak Generacije) on drums. This 1999 demo album includes: 1. Korov (eng.
Root) 2. Napad (eng. Attack) 3. Srbija (krv medju zubima) (eng.
Serbia - Bloody teeth) 4. Mefisto (eng. Mephisto) 5. Jama (eng.
The Pit) 6. Stomacna tegoba (eng. Upset stomach) 7. Iza ogledala (eng.
Behind the mirror) 8. Grobnica (eng. Tomb) more info: www.crimescenerecords.co.nr Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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