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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.
Just For Fun
It's been a year since Mike of Ruthlessreviews.com posted his famous Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. He has just recently followed this up with (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time. These are humorous must-read pages for any metalhead who can laugh at metal and/or black metal (whether a fan of it or not).
According to a posting on MAYHEM's web site, the Norwegian black metallers will most likely release a CD consisting of a few covers and re-recordings before the new studio album is out. "The covers will be SODOM, BLACK SABBATH as well as two more bands," the posting adds. "The re-recordings will be from 'Wolfs Lair Abyss' . It will also contain a track from the forthcoming album. The CD may also contain some sort of live CD-ROM track."
Regarding the new material, guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson) said, "The new songs are tending towards a more aggressive and straight, in-your-face kinda expression. Expect 8-10 vicious and disharmonic songs of the purest of black metal. More info on when the band enters studio and which etc. later, but the album will most likely be recorded early 2006 for a late spring/early summer release. The album is still untitled."
MAYHEM's next live appearance wll take place on November 3 at the Elm St. Rock Caf? in Oslo, Norway. Following this show, MAYHEM will head over to Australia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Despite last week's denial by Nuclear Blast that Mayhem's drummer will not be featured on Dimmu Borgir's next album, Silenoz has confirmed that Hellhammer's talents will actually be incorporated in their next release. Here's his statement on the band's forum:
"To get this rumor bullshit out of the way, we confirm that mercenary Hellhammer will be doing the drums for us as a session member on the next album. And that's that."
Former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially joined Italy's ABORYM as a a full-time member. "I am gonna go to Rome at the end of April to record the fourth album of these cyber black metallers," Faust said in a statement. "I am very excited to hear the result since this is the first time that ABORYM will combine acoustic, organic drums with the electronic beats they have used so far. Should be interesting I think."
In other news, Faust has joined the Norwegian "punk noisers" BOMBEROS, featuring former MAYHEM singer Maniac. "This is a nice break off to the metal music I normally play," Faust said. "The plan is not to conquer the world but rather just play music, do some gigs and fuck around a little."
SCUM, an all-new project featuring Faust, Samoth (ZYKLON, ex-EMPEROR), Happy Tom (TURBONEGRO), Casey Chaos (AMEN) and Cosmocrator (MINDGRINDER), recently recorded their debut album at Crystal Canyon Studio (TURBONEGRO, WE, EUROBOY) in Norway. Although no label or album title has been finalized, provisional songtitles include "Gospels for the Sick", "The Truth Will Be Sold" and "Hate the Sane".
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Just For Fun
Chris Campion from The Observer recently joined Mayhem on the road and shared his observations:
"Backstage after the first show of a whistle-stop winter tour of Norway, Necro Butcher, bassist with Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem, is already a bit tipsy. He is gleefully reading back his own words from an article about the band in the local newspaper. "I promise not to throw animal heads at the audience in Bergen.
The last time the band played in the city, a sheep's head thrown from the stage smashed into the skull of an audience member. "He wasn't watching the band," shrugs Necro Butcher. "He was talking to a girl,' he says, implying that the man should have known better. Animal heads speared on microphone stands are de rigueur for a Mayhem show. 'We usually use pigs' heads but we couldn't get one that night. We like to throw them to the audience at the end of the show so they can, y'know, play around with them.
He returns his attention to the double page spread, holding it aloft with outstretched arms."Fuckin' excellent!" he slurs. "This 'is the first positive article ever written about Mayhem in Norway.More...
Read the full article at The Observer.
Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal... is the first in a series of compilation albums from the mighty FENRIZ of DARKTHRONE. Featuring 16 classic tracks from the likes of VENOM, BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, MAYHEM, BURZUM, DESTRUCTION, AURA NOIR and much more. Running at over 70 minutes this album is a must for any metal fan!
Here's the cd's tracklisting: More...
Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:
01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"
Disc 2: More...
Susperia have received a nomination for best album in the 'Metal' category of the respected Norwegian Alarm Awards, which will take place in Oslo, Norway on Saturday 5th February 2005. The band have been recognised for their acclaimed 'Unlimited' album, which was released last year through the TABU label in Europe and Candlelight in the USA. The recording fast became a firm favourite with both media and fans around the world. Susperia are one of five nominees for the 'Metal' award alongside Mayhem, Enslaved, Red Harvest and Khold. Voting is open to the public and votes can be made at http://www.alarmweb.org/2005/nyheter/index-05metal.html
The band are currently working on a new video for the song 'Devil May Care'. The video is set to incorporate live footage from their recent tours and is expected to be completed shortly.
Susperia have lined up their first live shows of 2005, at the Hamar Metal Festival which takes place at the Hydranten in Hamar, Norway on Friday 25th Feb 2005 and at Horten Scene 37 on Friday 1st April 2005. The Horten show has been arranged, to make up for the bands' non appearance at the venue on last years 'Unlimited Grudge' tour. They had to cancel their performance at the time, due to vocalist Athera losing his voice.
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