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Latest news: Wed, Aug 27 2014, MAYHEM

Latest release: "Esoteric Warfare"

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

Seminal black metallers MAYHEM have announced the second European leg of their 30-year Anniversary Tour, in support of new album 'Esoteric Warfare'. This part of the tour will kick off on November 2nd in Gdansk, Poland and will run until November 16th for a final gig in Gothenburg, Sweden. Support will come from Norwegian thrash / black metal act BLODHEMN.

Mayhem november 2014

Few other bands have been through so much drama and adversity, and yet managed to hold their position as pioneers and standard-bearers while simultaneously propelling the genre forward. Most of MAYHEM´s releases are considered milestones of the genre, and have earned the band thousandfold fans around the world. Now they are heading out on tour again, in order to cherish their loyal fans and celebrate 30 years of pure fucking armageddon.

For more information and ticket sales, please go to the Facebook event or click here.

'Esoteric Warfare' was released last June and is available in various editions on the Season of Mist e-shop. Artwork and track list are as follows:

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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

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

Som333ep

Psywar

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

Som027r

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
Sun, Nov 02 2014 PL Gdansk B90
Mon, Nov 03 2014 LT Vilnius Club New York
Tue, Nov 04 2014 UA Kiev Sentrum Club
Thu, Nov 06 2014 LV Riga Melna Piektdiena
Fri, Nov 07 2014 EE Tallinn Klubi Tapper
Sat, Nov 08 2014 FI Helsinki Tavastia
Sun, Nov 09 2014 FI Jyvaskyla Lutakko
Mon, Nov 10 2014 FI Tampere Yo-Talo
Tue, Nov 11 2014 FI Turku Logomo
Thu, Nov 13 2014 SE Stockholm Kägelbanan
Fri, Nov 14 2014 SE Orebro Kulturhuset
Sat, Nov 15 2014 SE Malmö KB
Sun, Nov 16 2014 SE Gothenburg Tradgarn
Thu, Nov 20 2014 NO Trondheim Byscenen
Fri, Nov 21 2014 NO Tromsø Driv
Sat, Nov 22 2014 NO Bodø Sinus
Fri, Nov 28 2014 NO Stavanger Folken
Sat, Nov 29 2014 NO Bergen USF
Sat, Dec 06 2014 NO Oslo Sentrum Scene All ages tickes available
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