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Latest news: Wed, Apr 09 2014, MAYHEM

Upcoming release: "Esoteric Warfare"

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

Legendary Norwegian black metal instigators MAYHEM are premiering a second track taken from their forthcoming full-length, ‘Esoteric Warfare’. The song entitled "VI.Sec." is now streaming at the following websites:

Close-Up (SE)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Kaaoszine (FI)
Lambgoat (US)
Rock Hard (DE)
Rocking (GR)
Terrorizer (UK)
VS Webzine (FR)

‘Esoteric Warfare’ is scheduled for release on June 6th (June 10th in North America). The album 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. North American customers are requested to click here.

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’. The tour will kick off on May 14th in Germany at Hamburg's famous Markthalle and continue to rage through ten countries until a final onslaught in København, Denmark at Pumpehuset. All dates can be viewed below:

14 May 14 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle
16 May 14 Bochum (DE) Matrix
17 May 14 Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
18 May 14 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
20 May 14 Bruxelles (BE) AB
21 May 14 London (GB) Electric Ballroom
22 May 14 Paris (FR) Le Divan du Monde
23 May 14 Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk
24 May 14 Milano (IT) Factory
26 May 14 Bratislava (SK) Randal
27 May 14 München (DE) Backstage Club
28 May 14 Berlin (DE) C-Club
29 May 14 Warsaw (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)
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 last full-length "Ordo ad Chao". Founded as early as in 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 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 the other. 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 success with the highly controversial "Grand Declaration Of War" (2000). Those were followed by the more classic "Chimera" (2004) and a 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 unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by 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. The A-side, "Psywar" comes with a different mastering than the album version. The B-side, " From Beyond the Event Horizon" is a rare track taken from the much rumoured Budapest Recording Sessions, which the band decided to scratch. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!

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

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Psywar

General information
: Fri, Apr 25 2014
: Tue, Apr 29 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM333EP

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Grand Declaration of War + European Legions

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

Stn002

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

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

Som039

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
Wed, May 14 2014 DE Hamburg Markthalle
Fri, May 16 2014 DE Bochum Matrix
Sat, May 17 2014 DE Köln Essigfabrik
Sun, May 18 2014 NL Eindhoven Effenaar
Tue, May 20 2014 BE Bruxelles AB
Wed, May 21 2014 GB London Electric Ballroom
Thu, May 22 2014 FR Paris Le Divan du Monde
Fri, May 23 2014 CH Winterthur Gaswerk
Sat, May 24 2014 IT Milano Factory
Mon, May 26 2014 SK Bratislava Randal
Tue, May 27 2014 DE München Backstage Club
Wed, May 28 2014 DE Berlin C-Club
Thu, May 29 2014 PL Warsaw Proxima
Fri, May 30 2014 CZ Plzen Metalfest Open Air Festival
Sat, May 31 2014 DK København Pumpehuset
Sat, Jun 28 2014 CH Lausanne Les Docks Inferno Festival Swiss Edition
Fri, Aug 08 2014 NO Øya Tøyenparken Øya Festival
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