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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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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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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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Mayhem To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Mayhem has been confirmed tol perform at this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 17th, 2010. Other bands on the bill are Moonspell, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture, Finntroll, Pestilence, Exodus, and many more.

The Eindhoven Metal Metting will take place on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. More information on the festival can be found through this location.

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Ozzy Osbourne Confirmed For Wacken 2011

Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne has been confirmed for a headlining performance at next year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Ozzy will be headlining on thursday the 22nd of August, which is the first day of the event. Other bands confirmed for the festival so far include Suicidal Tendencies, Blind Guardian, Apocalyptica, Mayhem and Avantasia.

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Mayhem To Perform At Wacken 2011

The organizers of Wacken Open Air have issued the following announcement about Mayhem appearing at the 2011 edition of the festival:

"It's getting dark at Wacken. There are only few bands existing which are entwined around by such lots of rumors like this band. After their last bloody show at Wacken 2004, Norwegian black metal icon Mayhem returns to Wacken. The band is fronted again by former vocalist Atilla Csihar who replaced Maniac in the end of 2004. This will be their only festival show in 2011."

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Cryptopsy Drummer To Appear On Nader Sadek Debut

New York-based visual artist Nader Sadek has announced a long list of guest musicians set to appear on his debut record "In The Flesh". The long list of musicians set to appear on the album include Steve Tucker (ex -Morbid Angel), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Mike Lerner (Behold… The Arctopus) and Destructhor (Morbid Angel, Zyklon) amongst many others. "In The Flesh" is planned for release sometime in 2011 through Florida based Greyhaze Records.

A video for the track "Nigredo In Necromance" featuring Flo Mounier and Rune Eriksen can be viewed below.

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Thyrfing Confirmed For Mean Metal Fest

Sweden's Thyrfing has announced an appearance at this year's edition of the Mean Metal Festival, which will take place in Belgium on August 21st, 2010. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other bands confirmed to perform at the festival include Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Macabre, Devourment, Orphaned Land, and Sadist.

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Mayhem Announces Japanese Concerts

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem have updated their tour schedule to include three performances in the country of Japan. The shows are all taking part in the Club Quattro franchise of bars and nightclubs through Japan.

Mayhem Japanese concert dates:
Sep. 16 - Tokyo, Japan - Club Quattro
Sep. 17 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
Sep. 18 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro

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Australian Mayhem Tour Support Bands Revealed

Soundworks Touring has recently released the support acts for the upcoming Australian/New Zealand Mayhem tour this September. Here are the latest confirmed supporting bands:

September 21st – The Kings Arms, Auckland
Vassafor, Creeping, Anno Domini, Mortus

September 23rd – The Hifi, Melbourne
Special guest main support TBA plus Guild Of Destruction

September 24th – The Factory, Sydney
Special guest main support TBA plus Anno Domini

September 25th – The Hifi, Brisbane
Special guest main support TBA plus Mongrel’s Cross

September 26th – Capitol, Perth
Naetu
War Daemonic

There will be a further update for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on August 28th for the main support slot.

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Gorath To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Belgian black metallers Gorath have checked in with the following announcement about performing at this year's edition of the Dutch Eindhoven Metal Meeting:

"Confirmed for Eindhoven Metal Meeting. On December 17 Eindhoven skies will turn black as Gorath will play on Eindhoven Metal Meeting, an annual indoor festival, this year lead by Immortal, Kreator, Exodus, Death Angel, Mayhem, Katatonia, Pestilence, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture and many more!"

Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Mayhem Announces Australian Tour

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem has announced that they will be heading to New Zealand and Australia this September for a series of headlining shows. Tickets will go on sale this thursday.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mayhem Announces European Tour Dates

Mayhem has announced a European tour with the Slovenian band Noctiferia. The tour dates are as follows:

23-05 - Music Pub - Cluj Napoca - Romania
24-05 - Szene - Vienna - Austria
25-05 - Exit - Praha - Czech Rep
26-05 - Progresja - Warsaw - Poland
27-05 - Loch Ness - Krakow - Poland
28-05 - Coloseum - Kosice - Slovakia
29-05 - TBA
30-05 - Hristo Botev (w/ VENOM) - Sophia - Bulgaria
31-05 - SKC - Beograd - Serbia
01-06 - Pieffe Factory - Lucinico – Italy (Slovenian border)
03-06 - Rome - Italy

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Mayhem Cancels North American Tour Dates

Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM has announced the cancelation of their upcoming North American tour. The band has issued the following explanation:

"Despite all attempt to save the USA/CANADA tour we are now forced to cancel it due to the financial situation. We are very sorry for all those who expected to see Mayhem live, we hope the situation will be better next time. We will work hard on getting back over there as soon as possible."

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Ludicra Booking Replacement Tour

As was previously reported, Mayhem have canceled their North American tour, which was to feature Ludicra as a supporting act. Ludicra have now issued the following statement about planning on booking replacement dates on their own:

"Dear friends of Ludicra: You may have heard about the disappointing cancellation of the Mayhem / Ludicra / Tombs / Krallice tour in April. Ludicra will still tour in April. Serious inquiries to book a Ludicra show in your area should be directed to nanotear@hotmail.com.

"For any other queries about the new Ludicra album to be released March 2, please contact Profound Lore Records at info@profoundlorerecords.com.

"Yours in fever, Ludicra"

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