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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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Gibson Gets Preview Of "Until The Light Takes Us"

Gibson got an exclusive preview of the new black metal documentary "Until The Light Takes Us." Here's an excerpt of their reactions:

"...the new documentary Until The Light Takes Us tackles church burnings, the occult and, even, murder to craft a captivating film that’s essential for both black metal aficionados as well as viewers who are curious about the scene and would like a well-constructed overview of Norway’s cultural and musical makeup.

"However instead of just focusing on the scandalous details, Until The Light Takes Us hones in on the Norwegian black metal subculture itself and centers around members of Mayhem, Burzum and Darkthrone—and features detailed interviews with members from each of these acts, so you’re able to hear about the history of the scene from the artists who helped pioneer it themselves. Additionally the film addresses why this scene found traction in Norway and captures the darkness and isolation of the country via striking cinematography and visuals."

"...Although the media has chosen to focus on the more sensational and controversial aspects of the movement, Until The Light Takes Us manages to humanize these musicians and put into context exactly what catalyzed the brutal metal riffs and equally brutal actions that transpired during the nineties."

Read the full article at Gibson.com.

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Benediction Confirmed For Inferno Festival

Benediction have announced their first Norwegian show will take place at the 2010 edition of the Inferno Festival. The festival will take place from March 31st to April 3rd, 2010 in Oslo. The other confirmed bands include Mayhem, Taake, Finntroll, The Kovenant, Natchtmystium, and Jarboe.

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Aeon Comments On Canceled Mayhem Show

Swedish metallers Aeon have issued the following statement about canceling their upcoming tour date with Mayhem and rescheduling a new date on their own:

"We got some bad news. The gig with Mayhem and Godphobia in Östersund 2009-11-28 has been canceled. We are still waiting for details about this. However, since the cancellation has nothing to do with Aeon, we have decided to throw you a show here in Östersund anyway. This gig has nothing to do with the Mayhem show so the tickets you may have bought for that show will be re-funded by the booking agency and this show will cost 80:- at the door. No pre-sale will be available due to the short notice. Information about refunding your Mayhem tickets will be sent thru email from the booking agency and details will be found at this location in a moment. The local black metal act Denicalis will support us this evening.

"28.11.2009 Aeon + Denicalis @ Gamla Tingshuset Östersund Price: 80:- at the door Doors open 19:00 and first band on stage 20:00 After the show, we will continue the night at Plaza for some party (18+) PS. We might treat you with a new song this evening…"

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Mayhem Members Arrested In Holland

Members of the legendary Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and their road crew were arrested in the Netherlands early this morning after the entire contents of their hotel room in Tilburg had been destroyed.

The group had given a performance on Sunday in a cafe in Tilburg and had booked a night at Hotel Central. Monday morning an employee of the hotel found a big mess. Plants were thrown on the street, mirrors, a sink were broken and strips in the bathroom were pulled off and demolished. The beds and television were destroyed and walls were covered in spots.

The hotel estimates the damage at least 5000 euro. The men, aged 21 to 45 years, are from Netherlands, Norway, Finland and France. The suspects remain tied to a compensation of the damage dealt.

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Heretic Announces Live Show With Mayhem

Black 'n Roll band Heretic have announced they will be playing an upcoming live show alongside Mayhem, Funeral Goat, and Misanthropia. The show is set to take place at the Hall of Fame in Tillburg, the Netherlands on Sunday, November 15th. Samples of Heretic's music can be found at this location.

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Original Kovenant Members to Play Inferno Fest

Norway's The Kovenant has been confirmed for the 10 year anniversary of Inferno Festival, set to take place in Oslo, Norway March 31st to April 3rd, 2010. The band will play the entire "Nexus Polaris" album live with original members Nagash, Psy Coma, Hellhammer, Sverd and Jezebel Deva.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Finntroll, Mayhem and Taake. For more information on Inferno 2010, visit www.infernofestival.net

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Aeon Announces Three Tour Dates With Mayhem

Aeon has announced that they will be performing at three upcoming shows with black metal act Mayhem in Sweden. The confirmed dates are as follows:

25.11.2009 Mayhem - Aeon + support @ Musikens Hus, Gothenburg
27.11.2009 Mayhem - Aeon + support @ Klubben, Stockholm
28.11.2009 Mayhem - Aeon + support @ Gamla Tingshuset Östersund

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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Video Interivew With Mayhem Posted Online

Hardtimes.ca has posted a new video interview online with Mayhem front man Attila Csihar. The video can be viewed below. More...

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Boise, Idaho Blackenedfest Show Cancelled

MetalSucks reports that tomorrow’s BLACKENEDFEST show, featuring Mayhem, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage and Withered, in Boise, Idaho has been canceled. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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Marduk Disappears From Mayhem Tour

Black metal group Marduk missed out on the scheduled Blackendfest show in Orlando, Florida yesterday but no explanation has been given why. A message from headlining act Mayhem reads: "There has been a lot of confusion around the MARDUK situation. They are not playing tonight at the show in Orlando, Florida. What will happen for the future of this tour is currently unknown. We want to stress that Mayhem has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. We didn't have any information about what is going on at all, there were many different rumors flying around, and unfortunately the only thing we know is that the band is not here. Why? We don't know! Thank you for your patience!"

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Fan Footage Of Mayhem Live Show Posted Online

A fan filmed video of Mayhem playing at the first show of the Blackenedfest tour has been posted online and can be viewed below. The show took place on May 21st at The Fillmore in New York City. More...

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Lineup Confirmed For Rock City Open Air Fest 2009

The Romanian Rock City Open Air Festival 2009 will take place August 20 - 23 in Fetesti. The currently confirmed bands for the festival include:

Agathodaimon, Amon Amarth, Ancient Rites, Belphegor, Betrayer, Blaze Bayley, Blood Red Throne, Brainstorm, Candlemass, Mayhem, Solitude Aeturnus, Dew Scented, Snapjaw, Euphobia, The Cold Existence, Crossover, Dawn of Destiny, De Profundis, Eastern Front, Paul Dianno, Einherjer, Ghamorean, Hollenthon, Immortal, Infected Rain, Lacrimas Profundere, Lake of Tears, Moribund Oblivion, Onslaught, Overgarven, Primal Fear, The Revenge Project, Sinner, Sirenia, Stormlord, Theatres des Vampires, Trail of Tears, and Vendetta.

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Vesperian Sorrow Announces Mexican Tour Dates

Texan symphonic black metal band, Vesperian Sorrow, has issued the following update:

“We've just received confirmation on the date for the Mayhem show that was canceled due to the flu virus that has disrupted the country. June 26th shall be the new date of the invasion! Mayhem will be headlining the show of course and we'll be there for direct support! As well, we have picked up an additional show the following day, June 27th in Torreon! We'll be headlining the annual Infestival!”

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Mayhem Postpones Mexican Tour Dates

Norwegian black metal band, Mayhem, has canceled their upcoming tour dates in Mexico. The band comments on the cancellation:

"Mayhem are sorry to inform you that the shows we had scheduled for 1-3 of May in Mexico are unfortunately canceled."

"Due to the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico the shows had to be postponed. Rest assured, we are already working on finding new dates so that we can get over there and spread OUR plague!!"

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Skitliv Signs To Season of Mist

Season of Mist has announced the signing of former MAYHEM frontman, Maniac’s new black/doom band SKITLIV, to their roster.

Together with members of SKITLIV, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi." The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys. More...

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Band Lineup Confirmed For Unholy Fest 2009

The Unholy Fest will take place between July 23 - 25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic at two different venues.

The currently confirmed line up and schedule is as follows:

7/23 at CAS Arena: Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Silva Nigra, Inferno, Alastor, Demonical, Horna, Grave

7/24 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Satyricon, Enslaved, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Hell United, Vesna, Blood Red Throne, Furia, Shining, Taake, Desulotry, Entombed, Asphyx, Infernal War, Enclave

7/25 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Impaled Nazarene, Nefarium, Rasta, Massemord, Koldbrann, Hate, The No-Mads, Urgehal, Desaster, Root, Primarl Fear, Moonspell, 1349, North, Holy Moses

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Mayhem Reveals Touring Guitarists

Legendary black metal band Mayhem will be embarking on a tour of North America this along with Marduk, Cephalic Carnage and Withered. The band has announced two touring guitarists to assist them on the trek, after their guitarist Blasphemer departed in April of last year. The Mayhem touring lineup is as follows:

Attila Csihar: vocals
Necrobutcher: bass
Hellhammer: drums
Morfeus: live guitar
+S+: live guitar

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Varg Vikernes To Be Released From Prison

After his four applications for parole were denied, Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh) formerly of Burzum was finally told he will be released from prison after 16 years incarcerated.

Vikerenes was serving a 23-year sentence for the murder of Oystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), guitarist of Mayhem and owner of Deathlike Silence Productions record label that Burzum was signed to. Varg was also convicted for setting fire to three churches.

Varg says that he is "...ready for society..." and has been for many years. He told Dagbladet newspaper, "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family...I have barely seen my [18-month old] son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up." Varg regularly left the prison for the past couple of years to visit his mother, wife, 16-year-old daughter and young son in Tromso, Norway, the town where the prison is located.

While some, like the Justice Ministry, fear that he will not be able to adjust to life on the outside, Vikerenes said, "I look forward [to] the day that I could work on my farm, create music, write books and be with my family around the clock---and live a normal life." When asked by VG newspaper about if a "normal life" involves communication with Neo-Nazi groups he formerly endorsed, Vikernes said he "...[hasn't] been in contact with them for a long time."

Varg may have been paroled earlier, but was denied the second time he applied because the Justice Ministry claimed he escaped prison in 2003.

Varg will join his family in Bo, Norway, where he recently purchased a farm. Once he has been released, he is required to check in with the authorities every two weeks, and then after some time, every month.

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Mayhem Announces More Tour Dates

Black metal legends Mayhem has announced a large number of tour dates for North America this year. Joining them will be Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

May 21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 24 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
May 26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
May 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
May 29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
May 30 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
May 31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
June 2 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
June 3 - San Francisco, CA - DNA
June 4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
June 5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
June 6 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
June 7 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
June 9 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
June 11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
June 12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 13 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
June 14 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
June 15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques

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