To my knowledge there wasn't any band out there like this, probably because it's almost impossible to replicate stuff like this.
I agree, but that has driven me to see if there is indeed anything similar - in certain portions of style if not necessarily in quality. The only comparable things I've found are Pentagram(the Chilean one, obviously), Pestilence's Malleus Maleficarum
, Merciless' The Awakening
, and Adramelech's Psychostasia
My favorite is Enjoy The Violence but only by a small margin. The variety of technique, skill in riff manipulation and songcraft found here is so high that there is not a moment of boredom during the whole thing.
I'd listened to Final Holocaust
almost every day for nearly a year just because of how intense it was. The only problem I ever found with the album is that most of the songs go on too long for the content they have, so there's too much revisitation of initial themes in places where a new melodic direction would have been appreciated. "Nearer to Death" and the title track are both good examples. There are even some songs from the album that were more varied in studio/rehearsal versions, so I'm at a loss as to why they simplified them. Enjoy the Violence
corrects this, but goes overboard by using two approaches at once - it both shortens the songs AND makes them a lot more dynamic. The end result, though still excellent, feels a bit too rushing and jittery. But then again, this works for the band's particular musical approach. I'd say Final Holocaust
's content is (ever so slightly) better, but there's just not as much of it. I haven't heard Signs of the Decline