Mental Destruction – When Madness Strikes (original tape version)

Mental Destruction
When Madness Strikes (original tape version)
1990 Metal Cross Productions
Jonkoping, Sweden

Ivar – Vocals
Plupp – Animalic Screams
Dave – The Beatmaster

  1. Dark, Black, and Without Form
  2. Wolfram 18
  3. When Time is Over (No Time Will Be)
  4. Black Orange / A World in Decay
  5. The Walls of Madness (Parts I-VII)
  6. Illusion
  7. The Lord Reigns

This is the original tape version of When Madness Strikes by Mental Destruction. You might be asking “Wasn’t this re-released on CD? Why care about the original tape version?” Well, that is because this tape has one song that wasn’t on the CD release (“Black Orange / A World in Decay”), as well as the full version of a song that was edited on the release (“Dark, Black, and Without Form”). “Wolfram 18”  also sounds a bit different to my ears on the original tape. The sound here is a bit more minimalist industrial noise than you find on other releases by bands like Blackhouse. But Mental Destruction went on to be one of the bigger names in industrial during their brief existence, so I don’t need to tell you that their take on industrial works. This tape also came with a sticker of the front cover, as well as an insert with the lyrics. Interesting thank you notes on the insert: they thank new wave Christian label Embroyo Arts and Blackhouse among the names, and then mention Vengeance Rising and The Lead as musical inspiration. Samuel Durling, David Durling, and Jonas Blåberg were the members on this tape, but I am not sure which one is Ivar and which one is Plupp :).

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