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Mayhem

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

Latest Mayhem News

Below is our complete Mayhem news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Inquisition To Tour With Mayhem

Inquisition just announced an extensive North American trek: the "Bloodshed Across North America" tour begins on January 20th and sees the band as main support to Norwegian label-mates Mayhem. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

This North American tour will see Inquisition touring in support of crushing latest album, "Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith." If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the release in full at Bandcamp here. Catch these upcoming Mayhem and Inquisition tour dates: More...

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Season Of Mist Streaming 20 Year Compilation

Season of Mist turned twenty this year, and now you can stream a two decade anniversary compilation below or pick up the comp through various digital services over here. This wide-ranging release includes some names you might have heard from the metal scene in a loooong time, like Oxiplegatz.

The label comments: "It is no secret that the music industry has changed tremendously during the past two decades, but thanks to your loyal support, we are still able to continue releasing great music to this very day. We would like to once again extend our gratitude and thankfulness to all those who believe in our artists. Stream our '20 Years of Season of Mist' compilation here and check out the discount campaign on our official e-shop!" More...

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Black Anvil Announces Tour With Mayhem

The NYC black metal titans from Black Anvil have announced a full North American tour in January and February alongside Mayhem and Inquisition. A list of dates can be found below.

Black Anvil recently finished recording an upcoming third full-length album, which will be released in early 2017. Details about the upcoming album will be announced soon. More...

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Mayhem Announces North American Tour

Mayhem just announced the "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" North American tour, performing the band's landmark debut album in full. The tour begins on January 20th in Montreal, and travels throughout the U.S. and Canada before concluding on February 19th.

Support on this tour comes from Season of Mist label-mates Inquisition and Black Anvil. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Regarding the tour, Mayhem vocalist Attila comments:

"The first time I heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that letter was gonna change my whole life... They were looking for a new vocalist for their debut record to replace Dead, who had passed away. Of course I said yes to their offer and in 1993 we recorded the album called 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' one of the most magical recordings of all time. More...

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Varg Vikernes Discusses Famous Black Metal Moments

Varg Vikernes, the founder of one man black metal band Burzum and former bassist for Mayhem, has posted a series of videos online discussing some of the famous moments in Norwegian black metal history, including his relationship with Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, the Mayhem guitarist who he fatally stabbed in 1993. You can watch some of the videos below.

Vikernes remains one of metal musics most infamous characters, having also been convicted of arson in 1994 for the burning of three churches and more recently being arrested with his wife in 2013 on suspicion of plotting acts of terrorism in France, though no charges were filed against them. He was later convicted of inciting racial hatred in the country and was sentenced to six months probation and a €8,000 fine. More...

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Sinsaenum Premieres New Lyric Video

Sinsaenum - the international blackened death metal act featuring Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar, ex-Chimaira vocalist Sean Zatorsky, DragonForce bassist Frédéric Leclercq and ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison - premieres a new lyric video for the "Anfang Des Albtraumes". The song appears on the band's full length debut "Echoes of the Tortured", out now via earMusic.

Check out now "Anfang Des Albtraumes" below.

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Watain Re-Releasing Album, Announces Tour Dates

Watain's latest album "The Wild Hunt" will be available again August 19th, 2016 on black and clear vinyl, with pre-orders up at this location. The return of "The Wild Hunt" also follows the announcement of select appearances across Europe. Watain comments:

"We can now announce that in December this year, we will be performing 'Casus Luciferi' in its entirety on a few select dates across Europe. These concerts will be done together with Mayhem, performing the entire 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.'

"The reason why there are only 6 dates is that these venues and promoters were the only ones across all Europe who had the guts to take on this tour package. All honour to them. Meanwhile, those that were too scared and morally subdued to accept the nature of the tour will keep on rotting in fear. For they know well that the law and order they are so desperately trying to uphold by boycotting Black Metal, is about to collapse.

"Join us in December and witness the sacred horrors of the past come to life yet again... Black Metal Chaos awaits!"

12.13.2016 L'Etage, Rennes, France (with Mayhem)
12.14.2016 Le 106, Rouen, France (with Mayhem)
12.15.2016 Trabendo, Paris, France (with Mayhem)
12.16.2016 Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (with Mayhem and more)
12.17.2016 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland (with Mayhem)
12.18.2016 B90, Gdansk, Poland (with Mayhem) More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Lineup

With the addition of Pro-Pain, Soulburn, and Komah, the line-up for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 is now complete. The eighth edition of the annual metal meeting is set to take place December 16th & 17th, 2016 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The organization is furthermore proud to reveal the daily schedule of the festival. Single day tickets are going on sale Monday, the 1st of August 2016. The full festival billing is as follows:

Aura Noir (NO)
Archgoat (FI)
Batushka (PL)
Benighted (FR)
Bleeding Gods (NL)
Bölzer (CH)
Burning Hatred (NL)
Caronte (IT)
Cirith Gorgor (NL)
Destruction (DE)
Der Weg Einer Freiheit (DE)
Emptiness (BE)
Endstille (DE)
Enthroned (BE)
General Surgery (SE)
Gutalax (CZ)
Hail Of Bullets (NL – featuring David Ingram [ex-Benediction, Bolt Thrower[ on vocals)
Harakiri For The Sky (AT)
Hell (UK)
Insanity Reigns Supreme (BE)
Illdisposed (DK)
Komah (BE)
Mantar (DE)
Mayhem (NO – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ will be played in its entirety!)
Memoriam (UK – featuring band members from Bolt Thrower, Cerebral Fix and Benediction)
Moonspell (PT – Special setlist based on the 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious' albums!)
Necrophagia (US – pre-party)
Pro-Pain (US)
Protector (SE)
Schammasch (CH)
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench (AT - pre-party)
Seth (FR)
Soulburn (NL)
Tiamat (SE)
Toxic Waltz (DE)
Valkyrja (SE)
Watain (SE – Exclusive BeNeLux show & unique 'Casus Luciferi' setlist!)
Wederganger (NL) More...

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Mayhem Premieres New Music Video "Watchers"

Black metal outfit Mayhem premieres a new music video for "Watchers", featuring live footage shot during a live show on Novembre 25th, 2015 at the Baltimore Soundstage, MD on their "Black Metal Warfare II Tour".

Check out now "Watchers" below.

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Eindhoven Adds New Bands To 2016 Lineup

Hail Of Bullets, Archgoat, Memoriam, Illdisposed, Valkyrja, Insanity Reigns Supreme & Burning Hatred are now all confirmed for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016.

The eighth edition of this internationally renowned festival is set to take place Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of December 2016 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Temples Festival Cancelled

Temples Festival - which was due to take place in early June and feature such outfits as Mayhem, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Carcass - has now officially been cancelled. This news arrives after several bands pulled out over the weekend, citing a lack of flight deposits, visas, and other pre-arrangements never being met. Festival organizer Francis Mace just posted this message online:

"After an arduous 48 hours of uncertainty, and with deepest reluctance we have been forced to cancel Temples Festival 2016. At the beginning of last week, the organisation we had onboard to finance the event pulled their funding, and with limited access to advance ticket sales and no sponsors to back us we have been unable to source the funding required to cover the overheads which would allow Temples Festival to go ahead.

"Following Temples 2015, we were left with a sizeable debt and as opposed to dissolving the company and declaring bankruptcy - I decided to take on the debts personally and subsequently pay off all our creditors in installments as quickly as possible, this meant bands, staff and contractors were all paid late - and it's had a crippling effect on both my professional and personal life as a whole - truth be told, I made a series of bad business decisions and dealt with the situation very poorly - which I take full accountability for.

"I've spent the past week trying to gain access to the funds we need to make this year work and avoid the problems we encountered following last year's event, with our financiers pulling their involvement - it's been an uphill battle, which I've fought to the best of my abilities - and unfortunately, have been defeated.

"Over the past weekend, I've been attempting to produce the festival's continuation on a 'scaled down' level so we can offer something for those of you who have purchased tickets, accommodation, transport etc and allow the bands who are touring, UK based etc - unfortunately this morning it became clear that even if we were to proceed as such, we'd be left with another huge debt and therefore unable to pay the bands, staff, venue, contractors and a number of other crucial overheads the festival relies on - thus repeating the mistakes that were made last year. More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Mayhem Headed To Mexico

Mayhem has announced a new tour of Mexico kicking off later this month. The band will begin these exclusive 4 dates worth of appearances on January 27th in Monterrey, and will continue throughout the rest of the month before concluding in Guadalajara.

A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Mayhem is touring in support of latest album "Esoteric Warfare" (reviewed here).

Jan. 27 Monterrey @ Cafe Iguana
Jan. 29 San Luis Potosi @ Bunker
Jan. 30 Mexico City @ Circo Volador
Jan. 31 Guadalajara @ Foro Independencia More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Day Two: Mayhem

All the best metal on day two took place in the clubs as part of the Nites extension at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Black metal Warfare II tour featuring Mayhem/Watain/Rotting Christ stopped at The Mohawk. Black metal is a seldom seen commodity at FFF, so it was exciting to see three legends in the black metal camp play. With Venom playing on Sunday, black metal has singed its mark on the annuals of the decade-long festival.

Gaia’s tears could not hinder music lovers from attending day two. I did not arrive at Auditorium Shores until around 4:30. By that time the rain had dwindled down to a drizzle but its effects were evident in the mud. The sets of major acts Jane’s Addiction, NOFX and Wu-Tang Clan monumentally clashed.

I did not stay for any of those bands. I left early to get down to the Mayhem show. Before leaving, I caught stoner comedian Doug Benson’s act. He reeled off funny slogans and got the crowd wired in to his Twitter page. He read off tweats from his followers in and out of the tent. He did not seem as stoned as he usually is, his delivery of jokes was too fast, but did beckon an E-cig filled with Mary Jane juice, which he graciously accepted and toked. More...

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Mayhem Kicking Off Black Metal Warfare II

Mayhem just kicked off the Black Metal Warfare II tour, joined by Watain and Rotting Christ for the U.S. trek.

The tour begins tonight in New Orleans, and sees the band traveling across the country before concluding on November 28. A full list of dates for 2015's most extreme tour can be found below.

11/05 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/06 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/07 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (FunFunFun Fest)
11/08 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
11/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/11 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
11/13 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/14 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/15 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/20 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
11/21 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/25 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/28 Atlanta, GA @The Masquerad More...

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Melted Space Reveals Guest Musician Lineup

As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.

The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...

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Watain Announces U.S. Tour With Mayhem

After a previous co-headlining tour with Mayhem back in January, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has announced a second leg of the trek, set to take place in November.

Featuring Rotting Christ as support, fans can expect another dose of wild blasphemy this winter. See below for all dates.

Watain will be touring in support of devastatingly awesome fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here), which was unleashed in 2013 worldwide via Century Media Records. The Black Metal Warfare tour part II will also be the final U.S. tour for "The Wild Hunt." Vocalist Erik comments:

"As with every album tour, it is always towards the end that the all the ingredients of our performances melt together properly and become most powerful. The Black Metal Warfare tour was a very special project for us and I am very pleased we get to end our Wild Hunt in the US with this second leg, with such a legendary package and in front of our ever faithful US militias!

"While Black Metal Warfare part II is of course a continuation of the first one, quite a few surprises can be expected, both in terms of the setlists as well as on the stage itself. All that is certain is that November shall wail and reek of burning, blistering, banging, bloody Black Metal War! A victorious ending before it's time to yet again embark on the ever winding paths into the great unknown..." More...

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Headline News

"Lords Of Chaos" Movie Adaptation Coming

Variety.com is reporting that a movie version of the infamous "Lords of Chaos" book is coming. The movie will be produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free London and directed by Jonas Akerlund. Variety reports on the casting and storyline:

Rory Culkin (“Scream 4,” “Signs”) and Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class,” “Byzantium”) are confirmed for leading roles in the film, with further cast to be announced shortly.

[The move] which is co-produced by Chimney and Eleven Arts, is the terrifying story based on real events about a dream-turned-nightmare for a group of teenagers who spiral out of control.

The pic follows 17-year-old Euronymous, who is determined to escape his traditional upbringing in 1980s Oslo. He becomes fixated on creating true “Norwegian Black Metal” music with his band Mayhem, and creates a phenomenon by using shocking stunts to put the band’s name on the map. But as the lines between publicity and reality start to blur, acts of arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation.
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Mayhem Missing Black Metal Warfare Shows

Although the Black Metal Warfare tour officially kicked off last night, fans unfortunately missed Mayhem in its full glory performing alongside Watain and Revenge. Mayhem issued this statement about missing a few shows at the start of the trek:

"Due to a visa delay, Mayhem is forced to cancel our shows in Philadelphia and Baltimore on the Black Metal Warfare tour.

"We are planning to join the tour in NYC. The Philly and Baltimore shows will continue with Watain and Revenge. 50% of the band is in New York awating the situation.

"It's out of our hands right now and we are working very hard to resolve it. Hope this will resort very soon! N.Y tomorrow is still happening." More...

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Watain Kicking Off North American Tour

Starting tomorrow, the Swedish black metal tyrants from Watain will return to North America for a co-headlining tour with Mayhem, with support from Revenge. See below for all upcoming dates.

Watain will be touring in support of fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt," which was unleashed last year worldwide via Century Media Records. Check out our review at this location.

Jan. 8, 2015--Philadelphia, PA--Union Transfer
Jan. 9, 2015--Baltimore, MD--Baltimore Soundstage
Jan. 10, 2015--New York, NY--Webster Hall
Jan. 11, 2015--Boston, MA--Royale
Jan. 12, 2015--Montreal, QC--Club Soda
Jan. 13, 2015--Toronto, ON--Opera House
Jan. 15, 2015--Cleveland, OH--Agora Ballroom
Jan. 16, 2015--Chicago, IL--Bottom Lounge
Jan. 17, 2015--Minneapolis, MN--Mill City Nights
Jan. 18, 2015--Lawrence, KS--Granada Theater
Jan. 20, 2015--Denver, CO--Summit Music Hall
Jan. 23, 2015--Calgary, AB--Republik
Jan. 24, 2015--Edmonton, AB--Starlite Room
Jan. 26, 2015--Vancouver, BC--Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 27, 2015--Seattle, WA--El Corazon
Jan. 28, 2015--Portland, OR--Hawthorne Theatre
Jan. 30, 2015--San Francisco, CA--DNA Lounge
Jan. 31, 2015--Los Angeles, CA--Fonda Theatre More...

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