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Mayhem

Formed: 1984
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Mayhem Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Mayhem.

Interview

Mayhem On New Album, Lords Of Chaos And More

What can be said about Mayhem that hasn't already been said? They are perhaps the most infamous band in all of metal, if not of all time, with a history drenched in blood and controversy. Arguably the leaders of the Norwegian black metal scene which of course included such other legendary names as Emperor, Immortal and Darkthrone, their debut full length, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" remains an essential part of any self respecting black metal fans collection and over the years, the band has pushed themselves and the listener with ever more creative and avant garde releases.

Now, in 2019, the band are preparing to record and release their first album since 2014's, "Esoteric Warfare" and have also been one of the year's most talked about metal bands once again, after the release of a controversial biopic, "Lords Of Chaos." Yesterday after their show in London with Septicflesh, Carpathian Forest, Shining and more, I sat down with drummer Hellhammer, the only constant member since 1988 to discuss these subjects, as well as future touring plans, the state of Arcturus and more. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Obviously the big news right now is that you'll be releasing a new album in August. Have you begun writing material or do you already have some songs written?

Hellhammer: We have everything actually. We'll be in the studio in Sweden on the 24th of May. I'll be there for a week, we'll record the drums first and then the usual stuff.

Oz: So once you do the drums will you just go home or will you stick around for the rest of the process?

Hellhammer: I'll just go straight home.

Oz: Material wise, how does it compare to "Esoteric Warfare"?

Hellhammer: Well the pre-production stuff is always going to be different from the finished product. I would say it's very much more like the old stuff, like "Deathcrush" kind of thing. It's more basic but it's more dark and evil (than "Esoteric Warfare".)

Oz: Cool, very old school Mayhem?

Hellhammer: Yes.
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Mayhem Guitarist Discusses "Esoteric Warfare"

Three years after joining Norwegian black metal progenitors, Mayhem, Teloch put his first notes on wax. Emulating the sinister sounds by previous six-string surgeons Blasphemer and Eurynomous is no small task and Teloch admits his first show was a bit bumpy, but the former Gorgoroth live member found his footing writing the riffs for “Esoteric Warfare.” After getting off "their juicy asses," mainstays Hellhammer, Necrobutcher and Attila (back for third recording) joined Teloch to create another album built on speed and experiential dissonance. In the following interview, Teloch recalls his inspiration writing the album and the larger cast involved in its creation. Additionally, he discusses making another Nidingr album. More...

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Interview with Sam Dunn of Banger Films

Anthropologist Sam Dunn and Banger Films have documented the history and evolution of rock’s ugly cousin, heavy metal. “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” (2005) broke down metal’s various styles in a heavy metal family tree, and explained through exhaustive research and interviews, the construction and progression of each style. Although the film played on network television outlets such as VH1 Classic, an hour-and-a-half film is a mere scratch on the shield of heavy metal history.

After releasing a stint of award-winning films such as “Iron Maiden: Flight 666,” and “Rush: Behind the Stage,” Banger Films returned to metal lineage, this time securing a contract with VH1 Classic to release a season of “Metal Evolution: The Series.” Each week Sam and his crew presented an hour-long segment focusing on a single sub-genre. Dunn documented everything from the prototype bands that influenced metal’s loud and raucous nature to Black Sabbath’s rise, eventually landing on newer styles such as Nu Metal and Power Metal (‘80s German to modern Finnish symphonic).

Even though Banger Films released eleven episodes, there were still major holes in the series. Viewers reached out to the film company and asked why the network didn’t release episodes on extreme metal branches such as black metal, death metal and grindcore. The simple answer is none of the networks felt those topics were suitable for television.

Now Dunn and Banger Films have set out to create “The Lost Episode,” a segment devoted to extreme metal. Metal Underground.com called Sam Dunn to discuss how he and his crew plans to write, film, finance and release “Metal Evolution Episode 12: The Lost Episode, Extreme Metal.” More...

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Nidingr: "Blood, Murder, Evil"

The mere thought of Norwegian black metal conjures up thoughts of darkness, evil, arrests, blistering headbanging chaos, church burnings, death and destruction.

Thankfully, some Scandinavian acts still live up to that billing. Nidingr, a Norwegian black metal supergroup of sorts, is one.

The band – made up of 1340/Gorgoroth/Ov Hell guitarist Teloch, Immortal/Mayhem drummer Hellhammer, guitarist Blargh and vocalist Captain Estrella Grassa – has been in existence in one form or another for 15 years. But the band has played only a handful of live gigs, has no plans for any U.S. or European tours and recorded its second eardrum-shattering assault, “Wolf Father,” in Norway - amazingly without all members ever being together in the studio.

Guitarist Teloch, who recently added to his workload by joining the latest incarnation of Mayhem, took a few minutes from his home in Oslo to talk about replacing drum machines with live musicians, getting arrested for pissing on a castle with Norwegian metal overlord Garm and the meaning of the band’s name (hint: it’s got something to do with Norse mythology).

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