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Latest news: Mon, Oct 02 2017, MAYHEM

Latest release: "Esoteric Warfare"

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

MAYHEM are fanning the flames for the next leg of their European "Purgatorium"-tour that comes with the complete performance of their landmark debut album 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which is considered to be the manifesto of second wave black metal. An updated list of all confirmed MAYHEM shows can be viewed below.

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Legendary MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar commented: "The first time I ever heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that message was going to change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist to replace Dead on their debut album. Of course, I agreed to their offer and in 1993 we recorded 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which to me remains one of the most magical albums of all time. The music opened some unfathomable dimensions that reached beyond what we were able to handle and it unleashed a complete chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record, but when it finally came out under the sun in '94, it left a lasting impact on the whole metal scene. The so-called "2nd wave of black metal" was born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time MAYHEM collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes, the band had to rise again, when MAYHEM reunited with some old and new members. Yet that album always remained so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with MAYHEM in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live in full. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. In 2016 we suddenly felt that it was time to finally play the whole record in order to unleash That Beast after more than two decades. 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathans' will soon become alive!"

MAYHEM European tour
02 Oct 17 Stuttgart (DE) Wizeman
03 Oct 17 Graz (AT) Orpheum
04 Oct 17 Nilvange (FR) Le Gueulard
05 Oct 17 Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
06 Oct 17 Avelgem (BE) Hardrock Fest
07 Oct 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje (Soulcrusher Fest 2017)
08 Oct 17 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection
09 Oct 17 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
11 Oct 17 Bilbao (ES) Santana 27
12 Oct 17 Lisbon (ES) Corroios
13 Oct 17 Madrid (ES) BAT
14 Oct 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
15 Oct 17 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
17 Oct 17 Rome (IT) Orion Live Club
18 Oct 17 Maribor (Sl) Stuk
19 Oct 17 Bratislava (SK) Randal
20 Oct 17 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
21 Oct 17 Warsaw (PL) Progesja
22 Oct 17 Riga (LT) Melna Piektdiena
23 Oct 17 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
24 Oct 17 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi
25 Oct 17 Tampere (FI) Klubi
27 Oct 17 Göteborg (SE) Brewhouse

MAYHEM's latest critically acclaimed album, 'Esoteric Warfare' is streaming here. The cover has been created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (GHOST, PARADISE LOST, BÖLZER, ZHRINE) and can be viewed together with the track-list 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

'Esoteric Warfare' can still be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop

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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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A Season In Blasphemy

General information
: Fri, Dec 11 2015
: Fri, Dec 11 2015
: Black Metal
: SOM378
: available

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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

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Life Eternal (distribution only!)

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

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Ordo Ad Chao

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

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Chimera

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

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Legions of War

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

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The Studio Experience

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

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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

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Grand Declaration of War

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

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Tue, Oct 17 2017 IT Rome Orion Live Club
Wed, Oct 18 2017 Sl Maribor Stuk
Thu, Oct 19 2017 SK Bratislava Randal
Fri, Oct 20 2017 PL Katowice Mega Club
Sat, Oct 21 2017 PL Warsaw Progesja
Sun, Oct 22 2017 LT Riga Melna Piektdiena
Mon, Oct 23 2017 EE Tallinn Tapper
Tue, Oct 24 2017 FI Helsinki Nosturi
Wed, Oct 25 2017 FI Tampere Klubi
Fri, Oct 27 2017 SE Göteborg Brewhouse
Fri, Nov 03 2017 US Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
Sat, Nov 04 2017 CA Kitchener Elements
Sun, Nov 05 2017 US Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Mon, Nov 06 2017 US Columbus, OH Skully´s Music Diner
Tue, Nov 07 2017 US Madison, WI The Majestic
Thu, Nov 09 2017 US Joliet, IL The Forge
Fri, Nov 10 2017 US St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Sat, Nov 11 2017 US Lawrence, KS The Granada
Sun, Nov 12 2017 US Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
Tue, Nov 14 2017 US Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theatre
Thu, Nov 16 2017 US Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
Fri, Nov 17 2017 US San Diego, CA The Observatory Northpark
Sat, Nov 18 2017 US Los Angeles, CA The Fonda
Sun, Nov 19 2017 US Tucson, AZ The Rialto Theatre
Tue, Nov 21 2017 US Austin, TX Mohawk
Wed, Nov 22 2017 US Houston, TX White Oak
Fri, Nov 24 2017 US Tampa, FL The Orpheum
Sat, Nov 25 2017 US Jacksonville, FL Mavericks
Sun, Nov 26 2017 US Birmingham, AL Saturn
Mon, Nov 27 2017 US Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Tue, Nov 28 2017 US Charlotte, NC Neighborhood
Wed, Nov 29 2017 US Virginia Beach, VA Shaka´s
Thu, Nov 30 2017 US Pittsburgh, PA Mr.Smalls Theatre
Fri, Dec 01 2017 US Baltimore, MD Baltimore Sound Stage
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