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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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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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Mayhem Cancels North American Tour

Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem has been forced to cancel their proposed tour of North America. No reason has been revealed yet as to why the tour has been stopped but a strong rumour suggests that it is due to problems with their VISAs. Stay tuned for more information.

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Balfor Confirmed For RockMaraton Festival

Ukrainian black metallers Balfor will be making their appearance as one of the headliners in this year’s edition of RockMaraton Festival 2010. The RockMaraton Festival is a seven-day metal festival which begins on the 5th of July 2010 and will end on the 11th of July 2010. The list of headliners confirmed so far is as follows:

Mayhem
Primordial
Pro-Pain
Xandira
Ensiferum
Blaze Bayley
Balfor
Rotting Christ
Heretic Soul
Konflikt
Kryptos

More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Tombs Announces North American Tour Dates

Brooklyn, NY's Tombs will join Mayhem on their upcoming North American tour. The tour kicks off in early April in Washington, DC and also includes Ludicra and Krallice on select dates. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced soon. Tombs are touring in support of their new album "Winter Hours," which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.

4/7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (w/ KRALLICE)
4/8 New York, NY Irving Plaza (w/ KRALLICE)
4/9 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs (w/ KRALLICE)
4/10 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques (w/ KRALLICE)
4/11 Toronto, ON The Opera House (w/ KRALLICE)
4/13 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
4/14 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
4/15 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
4/16 Regina, SK The Exchange
4/17 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
4/18 Calgary, AB Republik
4/20 Vancouver, BC The Commodore Ballroom
4/21 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
4/22 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
4/24 San Francisco, CA Slim's
4/25 Los Angles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
5/28 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)

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Mayhem Announces North American Tour

Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM has announced that support will come from LUDICRA and KRALLICE on Mayhem's upcoming North American tour. Ludicra will be embarking on the entire tour as Mayhem's direct support (and will be playing extra dates as well too) while Krallice will only be on select dates of the tour. The dates are as follows:

*denotes Krallice appearance

4/7 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
4/8 New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza*
4/9 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs*
4/10 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques*
4/11 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House*
4/13 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
4/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
4/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
4/16 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/17 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/18 Calgary, AB @ Republik
4/20 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom
4/21 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/22 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/24 San Francisco, @ CA Slim's
4/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater

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Headline News

Rathbone Pulls Out of "Lords of Chaos" Film

Exclaim reports that Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone has pulled out of the controversial "Lords of Chaos" film adaptation of the book due to scheduling conflicts. Here's an excerpt:

"The worldwide black metal community, long divided by such burning issues as which bands are 'true' and what bands are 'cult,' can now finally unite: Twilight heartthrob Jackson Rathbone will not play infamous black metal trailblazer/recently released prisoner/Burzum kingpin Varg Vikernes in an upcoming movie adaptation of the Lords of Chaos book. Seriously, all the black metallers around the world must be smiling all at once.

"The book — which looks at the ‘90s Norwegian black metal scene, with its church burnings, murders, and prison sentences galore — was released in 1998 and has become a point of contention within black metal, with some claiming it’s exploitative and inaccurate and others claiming it’s a definitive tome."

Read the full article at Exclaim.ca.

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