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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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Mayhem To Appear On BBC's "This World"

BBC Television interviewed and filmed Mayhem during their show at the Slottsfjell festival in Tönsberg, Norway earlier this year. The footage is used for their affairs show "This World".

The first broadcast is now confirmed for November 24th 2005 on BBC 2 at 9pm. And it will most likely be picked up by BBC Worldwide and rebroadcast throughout the world later on. "This World" is the flagship of BBC when it comes to current affairs, and is regularly seen by two million people in Britain.

The program series asked Mayhem for their documentary about extreme music around the world, because one part of the film includes the remarkable black metal scene of Norway. The goal of the documentary was to investigate some of the controversies surrounding Extreme Metal Music around the world and ask why extreme metal bands like Mayhem are so popular.

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Aborym Set "Generator" As Fourth Album Title

Italian black metallers ABORYM, now featuring former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, have set "Generator" as the title of their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year via Season of Mist. According to a press release, "'Generator' holds the spirit of dark and unparalleled black metal bound together with a crushing death metal approach — all stitched up with the Italians' fantastic ability to naturally incorporate electronic elements and layers.

"Generator" features Eithun on drums, Prime Evil (MYSTICUM) on vocals, Fabban Malfeitor on bass, synth and backing vocals and Nysrokinfernalien on guitar and guitar synths.

Here is the "Generator" track listing: More...

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Shining Reforms w/ New Lineup, Plan Tour and Album

Reactivated Swedish Black Metal'ers SHINING have returned. SHINING are now officially allied with the highly repected French record label Osmose Productions.

SHINING leader Kvarforth last year announced the death of the band due to many unpleasant circumstances which have been prominent the past years, both within the band and around him personally. It was said that their album "IV - The Eerie Cold" (Avantgarde, 2005) would be their last. Shortly after the CD's completion, members Phil A. Cirone and Hellhammer (MAYHEM) left the band. Now SHINING return with a basically entirely new lineup consisting of Ludvig Hvit (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREBIRD) on drums, John Doe (CRAFT, TWIN EARTH) on guitar, Hallander on bass and Casado on guitar. The reason for this new lineup is simply because there is a need to play live, which never would have worked out in the long run with the previous members considering the distance between them. A new era has begun to take shape.

SHINING recently played their first three shows ever (one in Sweden and two in Norway) and are currently planning on touring until early 2006, when they will comence the recordings of "V - Besvikelsens Dystra Monotoni" (Osmose, 2006), the follow-up to 2005's "IV - The Eerie Cold". The group's official web site has been updated after a long time of silence from the SHINING camp. Included are new promo photos and live photos from the three recent live performances.

The current tour dates are as follows: More...

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Just For Fun

The Other Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics

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).

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Mayhem To Release Collection of Covers

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' [1997]. 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.

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Dimmu Borgir Enlist Hellhammer As Session Drummer

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."

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Faust Joins Aborym

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".

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

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...

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Just For Fun

Mayhem Through The Eyes Of An Infidel

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.

Read the full article at The Observer.

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Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal

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...

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

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:

Disc 1:

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...

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Susperia Nominated For Norwegian Alarm Awards

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.

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First Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

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.

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Keep Of Kalessin Comments On Mayhem Singer

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.

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Dissection Joined By Mayhem Singer At Budapest Gig

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.

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Mayhem: Vocalist Maniac Out, Attila Back In

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!"

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Chton Win Video Award

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.

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Mayhem Documentary Maker Planning Sequel

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 rydehed@hotmail.com.

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Mayhem Mexican Show Cancelled

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.

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Mayhem, Death Angel, Metal Church Mexico City Gig

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.

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