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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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Sunday Old School: BMHM - Mayhem

Black metal is a genre of music shrouded in controversy and perhaps nowhere is controversy more prominent in the field, than in Mayhem. The group was formed in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous,) along with bassist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher) and drummer Kjetil Manheim (aka Manheim). They initially were influenced by the more extreme metal music at the time, particularly proto-black metal bands such as Venom and Celtic Frost and released their debut demo tape, "Pure Fucking Armageddon" in 1986 before Euronymous decided to concentrate on solely on playing guitar, first replacing himself in the vocal department by a singer named Eirik Nordheim (Messiah), then Sven Erik Kristiansen (aka Maniac,) with whom the group recorded and released their first EP, "Deathcrush," which was distributed by Euronymous himself through his own Posercorpse Music label. Maniac left the band soon afterwards however, along with drummer Manheim. Taking their places would be Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (aka Dead) and local drummer Jan Axel Blomberg (aka Hellhammer,) setting in place the beginning of the most infamous chapter in the history of Mayhem.

Dead helped attract a lot of attention to the band, delivering notorious and in some cases, baffling performances on stage which included self mutilation and burying his clothes days before a show, so that he really would look like a corpse. The members moved into a house in the middle of a forest to begin work on their album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" but were soon to deal with a major blow when Dead lived up to his name and committed suicide. He was found inside the house by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head, along with a note which merely apologized for firing the weapon indoors along with the now infamous caption, "Excuse all the blood." What followed was just as macabre, as Euronymous decided that instead of calling the police, he would venture into town to purchase a disposable camera, with which he took photographs of the corpse along with rumours that he made necklaces out of pieces of Deads skull and even that he made a stew with parts of the brain, though this has never been confirmed. The death of Dead would prove to be hard for Necrobutcher to handle and he decided to leave the band soon afterwards, leaving Mayhem to find both a new vocalist and a new bass player, which they did in Tormentor frontman Attila Csihar and Burzum mastermind, Varg Vikernes. This lineup would prove to be the one that would record, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" but the members were far from friendly and the controversy wasn’t yet finished with, nor was the deaths. More...

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Iced Earth And Sepultura Confirmed For Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Iced Earth
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Sepultura
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Nile And Mayhem Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Spinefeast at Sea Festival 2012

Tis the season apparently for metal cruises, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Spinefeast at Sea cruise from Helsinki, to Tallin last Thursday and Friday! The cruise was organized by Spinefarm Records, and with perfect timing as the label was celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

Here in Finland, these cruises to Tallin, Estonia are known for being somewhat of a booze cruise, and almost every Finn has been on one of these journeys to either Stockholm, Tallin, or St. Petersburg. The tax free alcohol and overall party mood are always a safe bet for a good time and I for one can’t think of a better accompaniment to my inexpensive alcohol consumption then to have a solid 20 hours of metal oriented fun! Aboard the ship, called The Baltic Princess, were opportunities for drinking, dancing, metal karaoke and of course an exciting and diverse lineup of 8 bands. More...

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Necrobutcher "Exorcism" Video Hits The Web

American evangelist Bob Larson's "exorcism" of Mayhem's Jørn Stubberud a.k.a. Necrobutcher aired on Norwegian TV this past Tuesday. The video, mostly in Norwegian, shows a piece on Larson, a piece on Necrobutcher and then the "exorcism" is in English at around the 22 minute mark.

For your humor, check out the video here:

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Lake Bukkake Added To Metal Suckfest

The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:

"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)

"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."

The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...

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NunFuckRitual Readies New Album

NunFuckRitual is set to release its debut album "In Bondage to the Serpent" this Tuesday, October 18th. Playing a style focusing on the slower elements of black metal, NunFuckRitual consists of Teloch (Nidingr, Mayhem), Espen T. Hangård (Killl, Noplacetohide), Dan Lilker (Nuclear Assault, S.O.D., Anthrax) and Andreas Johnson (Tyrant, The Black).

"In Bondage to the Serpent" was recorded in Norway and upstate New York, produced by Teloch, recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll (DHG). The album includes guest vocal by Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Sunn O))), Aborym) and Ravn (1349). The group hired Christian Sloan (Danzig, Slayer, King Diamond) to illustrate the album's cover art.

The "In Bondage to the Serpent" track listing is as follows:

1. Theotokos
2. Komodo Dragon, Mother Queen
3. Christotokos
4. Cursed Virgin, Pregnant Whore
5. Parthenogen
6. In Bondage To The Serpent

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More Bands Added To The Metal Suckfest Lineup

The inaugural Metal Suckfest, a 2-day metal festival set to take place on November 4th and 5th at New York City's Gramercy Theater, has announced four additional bands have been added to the lineup. All Pigs Must Die and This is Hell will appear on Friday, November 4th alongside Municipal Waste, while Three and Last Chance to Reason will open for Cynic on Saturday, November 5th. The lineup is as follows:

Thursday, November 3rd (PRE-GAME)

Mayhem
Keep of Kalessin
Hate
Abigail Williams
Woe

Friday, November 4th More...

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Full Length Metal Documentaries Posted Online

A number of documentaries pertaining to specific scenes and genres in heavy metal, most notably grindcore and black metal, have been posted online via YouTube and are now available to watch, uninterupted, from start to finish. "Grindcore - 85 Minutes Of Brutal Heavy Metal," features segments on a number of bands signed to Earache Records during the 1990's, including Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Carcass and Paradise Lost amongst others and includes live footage, interviews and music videos.

Meanwhile, two different documentaries on black metal have also been posted online, including "Until The Light Takes Us," which examines the black metal scene in Norway during the 1990's and looks at such bands as Burzum and Darkthrone, complete with interviews with Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and the then incarcerated Varg Vikernes. Alternatively, there is "Murder Music: A History of Black Metal," a British documentary hosted by Contraband Candy host René Ackermann that gives a much broader insight into black metal, tracing the genre's roots from the theatrics of Black Widow to the Christian black metal scene, and everything in between. You can view all of these films below. More...

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Mayhem Bassist To Be Exorcised

In a recent interview with German metal magazine Metal Hammer, Mayhem bass player Necrobutcher (aka Jørn Stubberud) revealed that he will be taking part in a new reality show for Norwegian television station NRK, in which he will travel to Arizona to meet with a Christian preacher, who will supposedly exorcise the demon within him. You can check out the interview below. More...

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Mayhem Announces North American Headline Tour

Black metal icons Mayhem have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Keep Of Kalessin, Hate and Abigail Williams. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

11/02 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
11/03 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theater
11/05 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
11/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11/07 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
11/08 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
11/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11/11 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
11/12 Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
11/13 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
11/14 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
11/15 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
11/16 Winnipeg, MB – The Osbourne Village Inn
11/17 Regina, SK – Exchange
11/18 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
11/19 Calgary, AB – Dickens
11/21 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
11/22 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11/23 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
11/25 San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom
11/26 Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
11/27 West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
11/28 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
11/29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
12/02 Dallas, TX – Trees
12/03 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
12/04 Austin, TX – Emo’s
12/05 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
12/06 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
12/07 Orlando, FL – The Club
12/08 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/09 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
12/10 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
12/11 Springfield, VA – Jaxx

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

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Headline News

Hole In The Sky 2011 To Be The Last

The organisers of Norway's Hole In The Sky festival have announced that this year's edition of the event will be the last, concluding twelve years of history. However, it promises to go out with a bang as some of the biggest names in extreme metal will be performing at the event with Immortal, Mayhem, Satyricon and Enslaved being the latest confirmations. A message from the organisers reads as follows:

"There’s a saying that all good things must come to an end. For twelve years we’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of our favourite artists, shared some incredible metal moments with fans coming from all over the world, and worked with some of the best in the scene.

"Twelve years is a long time and we’ve always invested a lot of time and effort in making the festival the best it possible can be and never compromise.

"Hole in the Sky has been a thing we’ve taken great pride in and it would be a very sad thing to let the festival suffer due to other commitments and responsibilities that comes along as you get older, so basically we want go out on a high note when we still feel inspired and on top of the game. Mind you, we will go out in a spectacular fashion. More...

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Kimaera To Play Unirock Open Air Fest

Lebanon based metal act Kimaera has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Unirock Open Air festival:

"Kimaera s officially confirmed for Unirock open air festival taking place in Istanbul - Turkey on 9, 10, and 11 September. The festival is also featuring Opeth, Katatonia, Mayhem, Eluveitie and many more..."

Additional details on the festival are available at this location. You can also check out behind the scenes footage of Kimaera filming a music video for "The Taste of Treason" at this location.

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Mayhem Parts Ways With Guitarist, Silmaeth

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem have announced that they have parted company with guitarist Silmaeth. Replacing him in the band will be Teloch, known for his work with Nidingr, God Seed, and Ov Hell. A statement from Mayhem front man Atilla Csihar reads:

"Mayhem have decided to step forward and invite Teloch into the Mayhem Brotherhood, replacing Silmaeth on guitars. Teloch is a long-time friend and a great guitarist. Mayhem would like to thank Silmaeth for his full dedication towards the band for the last two years, we wish him all success in his musical career!"

Speaking on his new role, Teloch said: "After many years in the Norwegian metal scene, doing all sorts of extreme metal in numerous bands, I finally hit the bulls-eye and joined my old friends in Mayhem!"

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Dark Wings Syndrome Films New Music Video

Portuguese prog-rock/metal band DARK WINGS SYNDROME recently shot a video clip for a cover of the DEPECHE MODE hit "It's No Good," featured on the band’s debut album. The music video was shot at the band's rehearsal room in Riba D’ Ave, Portugal earlier this month.

According to frontman Barros Onyx, “This video follows the whole concept of the Arcane album and the visual experience of it will be very psychedelic, hallucinating and spiritual.”

As previously reported, DARK WINGS SYNDROME will play a very special gig on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Side B Bar in Benavente, Portugal where AVA INFERI (whose line-up includes Norwegian guitarist Rune Eriksen a.k.a. ex-MAYHEM guitarist/songwriter Blasphemer), will hold a CD-release party for its fourth album, "Onyx."

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Morbid To Release New Compilation

Century Media Records has announced the release of the forthcoming compilation from Swedish extreme metal veterans Morbid, which featured in its ranks vocalist Dead, who is also known for his time in Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and committed suicide on April 8th, 1991.

The two disc set, titled "Year Of The Goat," features the band's first demo, titled "December Moon," as well as live tracks and rare rehearsal recordings. "Year Of The Goat," which will also be released on deluxe triple-gatefold LP, will see its release in Europe on April 4, 2011 through Century Media Records.

Here is the "Year Of The Goat" 2CD track listing:

CD1: Studio tracks / rehearsal tracks*
1. My Dark Subconscious
2. Wings Of Funeral
3. From The Dark
4. Disgusting Semla
5. My Dark Subconscious*
6. Wings Of Funeral*
7. Tragic Dream / From The Dark*
8. Deathexecution*
9. Disgusting Semla*

CD2: Live tracks
1. Intro
2. My Dark Subconscious
3. Deathexecution
4. Wings Of Funeral
5. Citythrasher (Schnabelkase)
6. Necrodead
7. Tragic Dream
8. Disgusting Semla
9. From The Dark
10. Wings Of Funeral
11. Deathexecution
12. Necrodead
13. Disgusting Semla
14. Wings Of Funeral
15. Citythrasher / Deathexecution
16. My Dark Subconscious
17. Necrodead

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

Accuser
Alberlour's
Apocalyptica
As I Lay Dying
Avantasia
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Blowsight
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Devildriver
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Hellsaw
Horch
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Khold
Knorkator
Kreator More...

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OpEd

The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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Sepultura Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2011

Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place fom August 4th-6th. The lineup is now as follows:

Apocalyptica
Avantasia
Blind Guardian
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Khold
Mayhem
Ozzy Osbourne
Sepultura
Suicidal Tendencies
Warrant (Ger)

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