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Latest news: Wed, May 28 2014, MAYHEM

Latest release: "Esoteric Warfare"

Release date: Fri, Jun 06 2014, US Tue, Jun 10 2014

Norwegian legends MAYHEM are now premiering their long-awaited full-length 'Esoteric Warfare', due June 6th (June 10th in North America). You can listen to the album in its entirety via the following partners' websites:

Kill Your Stereo (AU)
Metal Hammer (BG)
Spark (CZ)
Metal Hammer (DE)
This Is Metal (ES)
Inferno (FI)
VS-Webzine (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick (PL)
Loud! (PT)
Dark City (RU)
Close-Up (SE)
Terrorizer (UK)
Pitchfork (US)

'Esoteric Warfare' will be released in various formats, including a collector's LP + CD box set limited to 1000 copies, a deluxe Digipak CD and exclusive coloured LPs for seven select countries. See details below.

The collector's box set is a folder including blood red coloured double vinyl in gatefold sleeve with bonus track "Into The Lifeless" (record during the infamous 2012 Budapest Sessions), vinyl effect CD with bonus track, 10 posters, and numbered certificate of authenticity.

The Digipak edition is made of special board with booksleeve and a 24 page booklet of special paper.

Here is the list of vinyl double LPs, all coming in a gatefold sleeve:

  • Transparent clear limited to 800 copies
  • Transparent clear with red splatters limited to 450 copies
  • Solid blue limited to 150 copies, exclusively sold in Italy through Audioglobe
  • Transparent purple limited to 300 copies, exclusively sold in the UK through Plastic Head
  • Solid yellow limited to 150 copies, exclusively sold in Australia through Rocket
  • Solid red limited to 300 copies, exclusively sold in Sweden through Sound Pollution
  • Solid grey limited to 300 copies, exclusively sold in Germany through Soulfood
  • Solid orange limited to 250 copies, exclusively sold in Benelux and Spain through Bertus
  • Transparent blue limited to 700 copies, exclusively sold in Norway through Indie
  • Regular black

Cassette editions and various merchandising items will also be released. Except for the seven coloured LPs exclusive to the countries listed above, all formats are available for pre-order on Season of Mist's e-shop.

The cover artwork of 'Esoteric Warfare' was created by Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak. You can see it below:

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  1. Watchers
  2. Psywar
  3. Trinity
  4. Pandaemon
  5. MILAB
  6. VI.Sec.
  7. Throne of Time
  8. Corpse of Care
  9. Posthuman
  10. Aion Suntelia

A lyric video for "Psywar" can be watched on YouTube.

MAYHEM have previously announced a first set of European shows in support of 'Esoteric Warfare'. Here is the remainder of tour dates:

28 May 14 Berlin (DE) C-Club
29 May 14 Warszawa (PL) Proxima
30 May 14 Plzen (CZ) Metalfest Open Air Festival
31 May 14 København (DK) Pumpehuset
28 Jun 14 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks (Inferno Festival Swiss Edition)
08 Aug 14 Øya (NO) Tøyenparken (Øya Festival)

Biography

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It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and latest full-length, "Ordo ad Chao". In the year of their 30th anniversary the single most notorious and important band in the history of black metal returns with ten venomous and vicious tracks that are true to the Norwegians’ immense legacy as kings of the underground.

Founded as early as 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, and Kjetil "Manheim" Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song "Mayhem with Mercy". Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the latter English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre.

The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin, the murder of Euronymous by guest bass player "Count Grishnakh" alias the notorious Varg Vikernes, church burnings, drugs and prison sentences – MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after another.

The incredible rawness of the "Deathcrush" EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik "Maniac" Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the "Wolf's Lair Abyss" EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, who scored a massive artistic success with the highly controversial "Grand Declaration Of War" (2000). This was followed by the more classic "Chimera" (2004) and that masterpiece of utter darkness called "Ordo Ad Chao" (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks.

MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten "Teloch" Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon.

Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unveiled and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by clearly linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia.

"Esoteric Warfare" is finally ready to be unleashed. This full-scale assault of total dark savagery of freezing riffs and Attila's inhumane vocals is entirely based on a concept dealing with the esoteric experimentations of the nuclear powers during the cold war. The album proves once again and beyond doubt that MAYHEM are the Alpha and the Omega of black metal!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Attila Csihar Vocals
Teloch Guitars
Necrobutcher Bass
Hellhammer Drums
Ghul Guitars (live)

Releases Season of Mist

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Esoteric Warfare

General information
: Fri, Jun 06 2014
: Tue, Jun 10 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM333
: available

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Psywar

General information
: Fri, Jun 06 2014
: Tue, Jun 10 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM333EP
: available

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Grand Declaration of War + European Legions

General information
: Fri, Apr 25 2014
: Tue, Apr 29 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM027R
: available

Stn002

Life Eternal (distribution only!)

General information
: Mon, Oct 20 2008
: Black Metal
: STN002
: available

Som150

Ordo Ad Chao

General information
: Mon, Apr 23 2007
: Black Metal
: SOM150
: available

Som084

Chimera

General information
: Mon, Mar 29 2004
: Black Metal
: SOM084
: available

Som073

Legions of War

General information
: Tue, Apr 22 2003
: Black Metal
: SOM073
: not available

Som054

The Studio Experience

General information
: Mon, Aug 19 2002
: Black Metal
: SOM054
: not available

Som049

European Legions

General information
: Mon, Jul 16 2001
: Black Metal
: SOM049
: available

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Live in Marseille 2000

General information
: Sat, Jun 16 2001
: Black Metal
: SOM039
: available

Som027

Grand Declaration of War

General information
: Mon, May 01 2000
: Post Black Metal
: SOM027
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Aug 08 2014 NO Øya Tøyenparken Øya Festival
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  • 14-05-mayhem-banner-vertical
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