Bathory - Bathory LP
Talk about an all-time first record, holy shit. Released in 1984, Bathory's debut would help set the tone for black metal as a genre. While Bathory's second and third records would entirely cement the first wave black metal sound, "Bathory" still owes a good deal to Venom and Bay Area thrash bands, particularly Slayer. That's not to say there isn't a good deal of new ground broken on this piece of wax, so many of what would become black metal tropes are immediately obvious. Did I forget to mention riffs? Oh, right. This album has riffs. All of them. Import.
Released by Black Mark Production.