Was The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” The First Heavy Metal Song Ever Recorded?


The industrial strength of black metal in Switzerland SAMAELL has released the official music video for his cover of THE BEATLES“Helter Skelter”. On the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of the release of “Helter Skelter”, SAMAELL celebrates the band’s legacy and the birth of heavy metal. The song originally appeared on SAMAELLthe last album of “,” Hegemony “.

At “Helter Skelter”, industrial formation dates back to the late 1960s, examining the dark sides of technology and spirituality, including many references to the song’s original period. With whispering cries, metallic drums, jagged guitar playing, and focused string inserts, SAMAELL creates a majestic yet intimidating and razor-sharp clarity soundscape that showcases the legendary THE BEATLES composition in a whole new light while remaining true to its roots.

SAMAELL comment “Helter Skelter”: “To the question ‘what is the first metal song ever recorded’, we decided to answer “Helter Skelter” from THE BEATLES! To commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the first release of “Helter Skelter” and consequently the birth of heavy metal, we present to you a video of our own version of the song. The video exposes the dark side of technology and spirituality with many references to the time period in which the song was originally released. On the music side, we tried to stay true to the original version of the song, but we approached it as if it was our own composition. The song appears on our last album, ‘Hegemony’. “

The original version of “Helter Skelter” Appeared on THE BEATLES1968 album “The Beatles” (also known as the “white album”). Written by Paul McCartney and credited to LennonMccartney, the song was previously covered by acts such as MOTLEY CRUE, AEROSMITH, U2, OASIS and SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES.

Mccartney was inspired to write “Helter Skelter” after reading an interview with WHO‘s Pete Townshend where he described their single from September 1967, “I can see for miles”, like the loudest, rawest and dirtiest song WHO had never recorded.

Paul Recount Luxembourgish Radio in an interview from November 1968: “I had read a review of a record where it was written: ‘And this group’ – it was about a group that I do not remember -” This group is going really crazy , there is an echo on everything, they “howl their heads. And I just remember thinking, “Oh, that would be great to make one like that. Too bad they did. It must be great – a really screaming record.” And then I heard their record and it was pretty straightforward, and it was kind of very sophisticated. It wasn’t at all rough and screaming and with a tape echo. then.’ And I called this song “Helter Skelter” that’s just a ridiculous song. So we did it like that, because I like the noise. “

Rolling stone classified magazine “Helter Skelter” 52nd on his list of the “100 Greatest Songs of The Beatles”.

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