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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.
The first batch of names has been announced for next year's Fury Fest, which happens from June 24-26 at Le Mans in France. Among those bands confirmed to appear are In Flames, Neurosis, Suicidal Tendencies, Mayhem and Behemoth.
KEEP OF KALESSIN/SATYRICON guitarist Obsidian C. (a.k.a. Arnt "Sid" Grønbech) has commented on the recent announcement that KEEP OF KALESSIN's vocalist, Attila Chisar, has rejoined Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM as the full-time replacement for previous singer Maniac. Writing to the band's official web site, Obsidian said that he doesn't what effect this will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN yet, but that he understands that MAYHEM will be Attila's top priority.
"I have known this would happen for some time now and we're ready for whatever effect it will have on KEEP OF KALESSIN," Obsidian said.
"KEEP OF KALESSIN has 6-7 songs ready for the next album and alot of material that just needs rehearsing and arranging," he continued. "Since I will do a new U.S. tour with SATYRICON in December, we're aiming for a studio session with KALESSIN in March with release in early summer, depending on how busy I will be with SATYRICON in January and February. The entire line-up for the next album will be revealed at a later time."
KEEP OF KALESSIN recently parted ways with drummer Frost (a.k.a. Kjetil Haraldstad, SATYRICON) due to the long distance between him and Obsidian. Replacing him in the group's lineup is the band's old drummer Vyl.
KEEP OF KALESSIN's most recent mini-album, "Reclaim", was released last December through FaceFront Records. The group's first release since 1999's "Agnen: A Journey through the Dark" (Avantgarde), "Reclaim" has been described as a new milestone in Norwegian black metal by the Norwegian press.
Reactivated Swedish death metallers Dissection were joined by newly reappointed Mayhem singer Attila Csihar (ex-Tormentor, Abygor) for renditions of two old-school black metal hymns, "Elizabeth Bathory" (Tormentor) and "Freezing Moon" (Mayhem), during the band's appearance at Kultiplex in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday night (Nov. 17). According to one eyewitness, "the packed house went absolutely crazy."
Dissection have just released their much-anticipated comeback single/EP, "Maha Kali", via Escapi Music/Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Armed with a fresh lineup, consisting of mainman Jon Nödtveidt (vocals and guitar), Set Teitan (guitar, Aborym, Bloodline), Brice Leclercq (bass guitar, Nightrage) and Thomas Asklund (drums, Dark Funeral, Infernal, Dawn), Dissection describe the new CD as "a hymn to the wrathful black Hindu goddess of Mahapralaya, the great dissolution of cosmos, Jai Maha Kali!" An audio sample of the title track is available at this location.
Nödtveidt recently told Finland's Sonera Plaza that the group's next full-length effort will surface in the fall of 2005. "We will continue touring all around the world (probably South America and so on) during the winter/spring 2005 and we will also be playing summer festivals all around Europe and so on. We have about 11 new songs that we are going to record in the spring so the next album [will likely come] out in the autumn."
Dissection filmed their headlining performance in Stockholm on Oct. 30, 2004 for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due next year. The as-yet-untitled disc will also feature a band documentary.
Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have parted ways with singer Maniac (real name Sven Erik Kristiansen) and replaced him with Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM). Csihar had previously worked with the group on their 1993 release, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".
"Although many rumors flourished over the past months, nothing was decided until now," reads a statement from the group's record label, Season of Mist. "The reason for this change in line-up lies in more private matters, but has also to do with Maniac's inability to tour."
The band commented in a statement: "Maniac was, and will always be a part of our legacy, and it has been an honour to work with him for the last 10 years. Respect!"
Chton, the Norwegian death metal band featuring Kenneth of Keep Of Kalessin and Torstein of Manes, won a "Silver Frame" award at the Euro-Filmforum Scandinavia festival in Oslo for their video "Book of Black Earth" (Windows Media). Also, photographer Lars Wara won a prize for one of the pictures he took of the band during the video shoot. Wara is featured in a two-page spread in this month's issue of the Norwegian photo magazine Fotografi.
Chton's debut album, "Chtonian Lifecode", was recorded, mixed and mastered at Godt Selskap Studio between April and June 2004 and was released in August through Retribute Records. The album includes guest vocals by Attila Csihar (ex-Mayhem, Tormentor) and Frediablo (Necrophagia, Grimfist). A full-length MP3 of the album track "Unholy Communion" can be downloaded at this location.
A sequel to the acclaimed Norwegian/Swedish documentary "Cult of Aggression", focusing on the Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM, is currently in the works.
"The first documentary about MAYHEM, 'Cult of Aggression', was about their history — mainly about their music, but, of course, if a band has such a bloody history as MAYHEM, you can't [leave] that out of the documentary," the film's director, Stefan Rydehed of Strym Productions, told Blabbermouth.net.
"'Cult of Aggression' was mainly with Manheim and Necro Butcher but had a few parts about Dead when I used a voice-over and some folks who lived in Kråkstad when the band had their rehersal/livingplace there," Rydehed continued.
"The new version of [the film], which will be totally new except Manheim's part, will still focus about the music, events, albums, members and sessionmembers and people who have been involved in the scene. So it will be a pretty huge documentary. Still underground!"
The original "Cult of Aggression" film received its world premiere earlier this year at the Oslo Filmfestival, where it was shown twice. Copies of the film can be ordered from Metallian Videos at this location.
More information about "Cult of Aggression" and its sequel can be obtained by writing to Stefan Rydehed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayhem, Death Angel and Metal Church's one-off performance in Mexico City, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 23, has been cancelled, according to a posting on MAYHEM's web site. "The cancellation was due to misbooking and was no fault of the band's whatsoever," the posting adds. The one-day event, dubbed "Festival del Muerto", was also set to feature several local acts, including Men At Arms, Garrobos, Damn Shark and The Zephyr.
Mayhem, Death Angel, Metal Church will be teaming up for a one-off performance in Mexico City on October 23 at the VDMAS. The one-day event, dubbed "El Festival del Muerto", will also feature several local bands, including Men At Arms, Garrobos, Damn Shark and The Zephyr. A posted for the show can be viewed at this location.
The much-anticipated "Blackest of the Black" U.S. Tour, which was set to feature headliners Danzing alongside Doyle (ex-Misfits), Mayhem, Death Angel, Devildriver and Eyes Of Fire, has been cancelled. "We are extremely upset by this news as the band has prepared for months and are in top shape to conquer the country!" Mayhem guitarist Blapshemer said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this decision was not made by us and beyond our control. From our side, everything was planned, confirmed, taken care of and verbally agreed with the management of and Danzig himself. If it was up to us, we would be on your shores within days! The fate of the tour was not in our hands, and I can't elaborate beyond that statement. However, don't get too comfortable. In the midst of winter, 2005, we shall return with the 'Rape Humanity with Pride Tour' complete a horrific stage presentation. So, to all our fans, stay Black and we will see you all early next year. The beast of Mayhem cannot be stopped!!"
Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have commenced the songwriting process for their next album, tentatively due in October/November 2005 through Season Of Mist.
The band, who will be taking part in this fall's edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour alongside DANZIG, DOYLE (featuring ex-MISFITS guitarist Doyle), DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL and EYES OF FIRE, will be playing in South Africa early next year. More information will be made available soon.
An unreleased MAYHEM track, "Anno Vampir" (said to be the first song ever written by the group's most recent lineup), will be included on an upcoming Season Of Mist two-disc compilation of bands from the label. The collection is scheduled for release on September 24.
The following routing has been released for the forthcoming Blackest of The Black tour featuring Danzig with Doyle, Mayhem, Death Angel, High on Fire and Devildriver:
September 29 - Las Vegas, NV
September 30 - Denver, CO
October 1 - Kansas City, KS
October 2 - St Louis, MO
October 3 - Omaha, NE
October 5 - Minneapolis, MN
October 7 - Milwaukee, WI
October 8 - Detriot, MI
October 9 - Cleveland, OH
October 10 - Chicago, IL
October 12 - Pittsburgh, PA
October 14 - New York, NY
October 15 - Philadelphia, PA
October 16 - Washington DC
October 17 - Atlanta, GA
October 19 - Orlando, FL
October 21 - Corpus Christi, TX
October 22 - San Antonio, TX
October 23 - Dallas, TX
October 24 - Oklahoma City, OK
October 27 - Spokane, WA
October 28 - Seattle, WA
October 29 - Portland, OR
October 30 - San Francisco, CA
October 31 - Los Angeles, CA
MAYHEM have posted the following update on their official website:
“On the 24th of September, Season Of Mist will be releasing a 2 disc compilation of bands from the label. A special track is planned for Mayhem. The track is entitled ‘Anno Vampir’. This was the first track written by the present line up and is, obviously, unreleased as of yet.
The band is negotiating with Phillip Burtem to make a video clip for the Chimera track ‘My Death’. Current plans are for the clip to be recorded in August and to be released in September.
Mayhem are scheduled to play at the With Full Force and Wacken festivals.”
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The premium Black metal act from Estonia MANATARK have issued the following update:
"Incredible, unbelievable, but well-deserved and true - Manatark is confirmed as a support act for the legendary Mayhem on their European Tour 2004! Together with DEFILED (Japan) we three will travel 13 countries and give 17 concerts, after that Manatark will be replaced by CADAVER INC. for the rest of the tour. This is a phenomenal step forward for us, and a definite breakthrough! For this great news we are in debt to our own hard work, our label Metal Age Productions."
Upcoming Mayhem/Manatark dates include: More...
Tabu Recordings will be holding an Inferno Festival kick-off party at Rock-In in Oslo, Norway on April 8th at 3pm.
Organizers from Tabu state: “We`re gonna have some beers, giveaways, play some good music etc. and we would really like you to drop by and share a beer or two with us before we head over to Rockefeller and mosh the posh!
SUSPERIA will be there with us and if you`d like to schedule a meeting with the guys, please let me know. As you probably already know, they will play at the Inferno Festival on Friday, April 9th at Rockefeller and their new album, "Unlimited", is set for release in Europe on April 19th ! (North American release in June through Candlelight Records). The buzz on the album has been amazing so far! Also, if everything goes as planned, Tabu Recordings will present their new signing this evening - and for sure, this is our biggest signing so far!!!”
As previously reported, organizers for the Inferno Festival have announced the final running schedule for this year's show, which is being held on April 8 through 10 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway. Here is the detailed schedule:
Norway's Black metal icons MAYHEM have revealed the track listing for their new CD "Chimera", due on March 29 in Europe and April 6 in the U.S. through Season Of Mist Records. The CD, which was recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway, reportedly features a musical direction that is being described by the band as "much more back to basics and much more brutal" than 2000's "Grand Declaration of War".
In related news, MAYHEM's European tour (which will reportedly include Poland's DECAPITATED and Japan's DEFILED) will officially commence on April 10, beginning with an appearance at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, according to a posting on the band's web site. The European leg of the tour will conclude May 17. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
"Chimera" track listing (not in exact order):
WINDS, the Norwegian Avantgarde metal band featuring Carl August Tideman (ARCTURUS, TRITONUS), Jan Axel Blomberg (MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), Lars Eric Si and Andy Winter, have completed work on their new album, "The Imaginary Direction of Time", due in late April through The End Records. This is the follow- up of the 2002 "Reflections Of The I".
Recorded at Toproom and Fagerborg studios in Norway and mixed at The Factory in Vancouver, "The Imaginary Direction of Time" is being described by the band as "the most complete and diverse album they have ever worked on," while Carl also adds that it features the most challenging guitar work that he has ever put on a record so far. Artwork for this highly anticipated release is provided by Travis Smith.
"The Imaginary Direction of Time" track listing: More...
Norway's Mayhem and Poland's Decapitated are the first two bands confirmed for the 2004 installment of the Inferno Metal Festival, set to take place April 8-10 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.
Limited three-day passes for the price of 666 NOK went on sale November 1 and quickly sold out even before any bands had been announced. Regular tickets are now on sale via www.infernofestival.net.
The next two bands will be announced December 24, and the whole lineup will be revealed at the Inferno Metal Festival kick-off party at John Dee in Oslo on January 24. Toastmaster Geir Kolden (Valhall) will MC and Britain's Return to the Sabbat (featuring ex-Skyclad singer Martin Walkyier) will perform at the party.