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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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Shining, Hellsaw and Skitliv Confirm Tour Dates

SHINING, HELLSAW and SKITLIV have now confirmed additional dates and changes to their December tour. Originally scheduled to last 18 days, the tour will now kick off one day earlier with the addition of a Swedish date. Black Metallers CODE will join the three bands at the London Underworld for a rare, one-off appearance.

This will be the first chance for many to see Maniac live on stage since his departure from MAYHEM. He debuted his new band Doom Black Metal band SKITLIV this month during a short tour with Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER, where he was joined on stage by SHINING front man Kvarforth, normally SKITLIV’s studio guitarist, but who tours with them whenever his commitments to his own band will allow.

Aries, vocalist for Austrian Black Metallers HELLSAW, who this week released their new album “Phantasm”, recently had this to say about the upcoming tour, “… all three bands are exponents of quite different types of Black Metal, and we each have our own style of stage show, which makes it much more interesting for the fans, as well as for the bands concerned”.

The new confirmed tour dates are as follows:

Dec. 04 - Sweden Musikenshuset Gothenburg
Dec. 05 - Germany Markthalle Hamburg
Dec. 06 - Germany K 17, Berlin
Dec. 07 - Germany Bastard Club Osnabruk
Dec. 08 - Holland Parkhof Alkmaar
Dec. 09 - France Glazart Paris
Dec. 10 - Holland Waterfront Rotterdam
Dec. 11 - Belgium De Klinker Aarschot
Dec. 12 - France La Rumeur Lille
Dec. 13 - UK Underworld London
Dec. 14 - France Le Ferrailleur Nantes
Dec. 15 - France Korigan Luynes
Dec. 16 - Switzerland Le Romanie Lausanne
Dec. 17 - France Lyon’s Hall Lyon
Dec. 18 - Switzerland Dynamo Werk 21 Zurich
Dec. 19 - Austria Escape Vienna
Dec. 20 - Austria The Cave Saltzburg
Dec. 21 - Germany Asgard Pub Annaberg-Buchholz
Dec. 22 - Germany Sodomizing Fistmass Bitterfeld

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Venom Confirmed For Spanish Festival

UK black metal legends VENOM are the latest act confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which will take place at Coliseo de Atarfe (covered Bullring) in Granada, Spain, on December 1st. Acts confirmed for the festival include: BELLADONA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, VENOM

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Burial Chamber Trio To Play First Ever Show In USA

Burial Chamber Trio, featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem, Greg Anderson of Sunn 0))) and Oren Ambarchi who span Hungary, USA, Australia, will be playing their first and likely only show in North America this year on Sunday, October 21 at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA. Support will be provided by Earth and Lesbian.

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Mayhem Announce European Dates

MAYHEM’s European tour, in support of their latest Ordo Ad Chao album, is confirmed.

It will take place in the frame of the X-Mas Festival 2007, and will come with a killer bill. Opening acts are SAMAEL, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, ONSLAUGHT, WYKKED WYTCH, and BLOOD RED THRONE.

Dates include:

August
20 - Malmø, Sweden - Malmøfestivalen
21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
24 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival
25 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
30 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Distortion Festival

October
5 - Notodden, Norway - Motstoy Festival

December (with Samael, Pro-Pain, Malevolent Creation, Onslaught, Wykked Wytch, Blood Red Throne)
7 - London, England - Venue TBA
8 - Paris, France - Venue TBA
9 - Strasbourg, France - Venue TBA
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Venue TBA
11 - Milan, Italy - Venue TBA
12 - Munich, Germany - Venue TBA
13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Venue TBA
14 - Vienna, Austria - Venue TBA
15 - Engelsdorf, Germany - Venue TBA
16 - Frankfurt, Germany - Venue TBA
17 - Berlin, Germany - Venue TBA
18 - Hamburg, Germany - Venue TBA
19 - Stuttgart, Germany - Venue TBA
20 - Essen, Germany - Venue TBAA
21 - Tilburg, Nettherlands - Venue TBA
22 - Waregem, Belgium - Venue TBA

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Edguy To Headline More Than Fest

German melodic metallera EDGUY have been confirmed as the headliners of More Than Fest, a two-day festival set to take place August 25-26 in Ruziná, Slovakia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

EDGUY
MAYHEM
RAGE
KREYSON
DARK FUNERAL
HEED
HEAVENLY
SERAPHIM
SHAARK
INTERITUS
ART OF CREATION
PYOPOESY
KILLCHAIN
SCHYZOFÉM
DEFINITION
DEMONIC CHORALS
ATTACK OF RAGE
TRISTANA
MIDNIGHT SCREAM
CASTAWAY
SCARLET WINGS

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First Part Of New Mayhem Documentary Posted Online

The first part (out of five) of the sequel to the acclaimed Norwegian/Swedish documentary "Cult of Aggression", focusing on the Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM, has been posted on the band's official web site: Stream, Download (Windows Media, 25 MB). Entitled "Pure Fucking Mayhem", the new documentary was financed by the film's director, Stefan Rydehed, and "will be shown at film festivals around the globe," according to Rydehed. "If any company wants to release it, they can contact me; otherwise it will be released through the Internet."

According to the director, "Pure Fucking Mayhem" covers MAYHEM's history from the early days to the present day and it [is] a totally new documentary." Included in the film is a brand new interview with MAYHEM singer Attila Csihar, conducted on February 4, 2007 at a SHINING gig in Halmstad, Sweden. "With the documentary there will also be a soundtrack for it — black metal songs played on piano," Rydehed said.

The original film, "Cult of Aggression", was released in 2002 and received its world premiere in 2004 at the Oslo Filmfestival, where it was shown twice. It is available for viewing in its entirety at http://www.thetruemayhem.com/chaos.htm

"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," Rydehed has said

"'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 added.

"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 session members and people who have been involved in the scene. So it will be a pretty huge documentary. Still underground!"

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Atilla Records Guest Vocals On Skitliv Track

In a move that will surprise many who bought into the rumours that there is no love lost between the two, current MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar has joined former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac to record vocals for a track on the debut album from Maniac's new band SKITLIV. Commented Maniac: "Contrary to what a lot of people either say or believe, Attila and I are actually very good friends, and always find rumours about how we are supposed to resent each other quite amusing."

The track, entitled "Amfetamin", also has SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth on guitar. Kvarforth, a close friend of both vocalists, recently joined SKITLIV as recording guitarist. About the track, Maniac said: "'Amfetamin' started life as a pretty disturbing piece of music to begin with. Once Niklas joined in it became even more so, and now that Attila has added his vocals, it's taken on yet another dimension; his voice is used almost as an instrument."

SKITLIV will be touring with Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER in the autumn, with dates already confirmed in Norway, Denmark, Germany and Belgium. A new raw, un-mastered version of "Amfetamin", with Atilla's vocals added can be heard on the official SKTILIV MySpace page.

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Mayhem's Upcoming Shows Cancelled

As you've probably heard, MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer recently had his arm injured and won't be able to play for a few weeks. Consequently, the band has to cancel their appearances at this year's Hellfest - set to take place June 23-25 in Clisson, France, and With Full Force - set to take place June 29-July 1st in Löbnitz, Germany.

The scheduled US tour, due to happen in July, is postponed and will be rescheduled. We will let you know the new dates as soon as they are booked and confirmed.

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Kvarforth To Join Skitliv As Recording Guitarist

Former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac has recruited SHINING's Niklas Kvarforth to the ranks of his Doom Black Metal band SKTILIV as a guitarist for recording purposes. A big fan of Skitliv, to the extent that he has the band's name tattooed on his arm, Kvarforth has already laid down guitars on several tracks and also plans to play live with the band whenever his commitments to SHINING will permit.

Commented Maniac "SHINING is, and always will be, Niklas' priority, but recording with SKITLIV is no problem for him, and whenever the opportunity arises, he will join us on stage. Niklas is a real artist and an incredibly skilled musician; something people tend to ignore because all they ever seem to be able to focus on is the hype surrounding SHINING. His dedication to his music is extraordinary and working with him, and watching him create, is both a pleasure and an education. He has come up with some amazing riffs for SKITLIV, which have added a whole new dimension to the music."

"Amfetamin", an unfinished track featuring Kvarforth, has been added to SKITLIV's official MySpace page.

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Salem Perform Mayhem's "Deathcrush" w/ Attila

A video clip of MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar performing the MAYHEM classic "Deathcrush" with Israeli extreme metal pioneers SALEM on December 27th, 2005 at the Theatre Club in Tel Aviv, has been posted on SALEM's YouTube channel. A number of high-quality photos from the gig, which featured a mini-set of MAYHEM classics performed by Attila and SALEM, is available at Metalist.co.il.

SALEM's new album "Necessary Evil" is being released today in Europe and tomorrow in North America. As previously announced, the first pressing of the album comes with a limited-edition slipcase with different artwork and backlay. Once this edition is sold out, it will not be reprinted and only the regular jewel-case version will be available.

You can download the track "Once upon a Lifetime" here.

Last but not least, don't forget both MAYHEM and SALEM are to perform at this year's edition of the Hellfest, set to take place on June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. More...

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Skitliv Posts "Virescit Volnere Virtus" Video

SKITLIV, the Doom Black Metal band formed and fronted by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, has posted a new video for “Virescit Volnere Virtus,” on the band’s official MySpace page.

The video, shot by Maniac himself, is a pastiche of still photographs interspersed with some live shots, with special effects to give it the feel of the old silent movies. Included are photos of friends, shots of Maniac’s studio, various band members, Oslo scenes, and various other things that, he says in his usual cryptic manner, “may, or may not, have some significance in my life.”

SKITLIV is due to play four dates with Japanese all-girl band GALLHAMMER in September/October of this year.

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Mayhem Announce More Tour Dates

For the first time in six years, and quite possibly the very last, MAYHEM will "Deconsecrate the States"! July 2007 is sure to be the hottest on record as the ferocious fires of hell blaze across the U.S. under the cloven-hooves of Norway's MAYHEM. The premiere, the true, the feared, the world's most powerful black metal band will appear in select cities nationwide.

MAYHEM "Deconsecrate the States" tour dates:

July 16 - DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
July 17 - Galaxy Club - Santa Ana, CA
July 18 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
July 20 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
July 22 - Joe's - Chicago, IL
July 23 - BB Kings - New York, NY
July 24 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
July 25 - The Sterling Hotel - Allentown, PA

Check your local listings for support acts which will include NACHTMYSTIUM, SIGH, TODAY IS THE DAY, INTRONAUT, WITHERED, AMBER ASYLUM, LUDICRA, CREMATORIUM, NOVEMBER'S DOOM, MOUTH OF ARCHITECT, DEKAPITATOR.

Advanced tickets are available from EnterTheVault.com. More...

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'Satan Rides The Media' Posted On YouTube

Norwegian documentary "Satan Rides the Media" (original Norwegian-language title: "Satan rir Media"), which traces the tumultuous history of black metal through the early Nineties, when a string of church burnings turned the nation's eyes toward a small group of sinister metalheads, has been posted online at YouTube (in Norwegian, with English subtitles):

The 52-minute film, which was originally released in 1998, spotlights Varg Vikernes of the one-man band BURZUM, and his involvement in the burning of the historic Fantoft stave church in Bergen. After a journalist interviewed Vikernes (who later changed his name to Count Grishnackh) and he confessed, the media went buck-wild with the satanist slant, and they portrayed the metal scene as black-clad, evil-obsessed devil worshippers with no remorse and a penchant for hoarding animal heads. Vikernes adored the media attention, and even used photos of the churches he burnt (three in all) on the cover of a BURZUM album. (This would become briefly popular, as the band MAYHEM used a photo of bandmate "Dead" on the cover of an album, shortly after he blew his brain out with a shotgun.) Vikernes, however, had a more traditional reason for burning the churches. "The church [in Norway] has behaved so disgracefully," said a clean-cut Varg from prison. He reasons that he was just trying to save Norway from Christianity and return it to its pagan (not satanic) roots. More...

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Mayhem Enter Norwegian Charts At #12

MAYHEM's latest album, Ordo Ad Chao gives the band its highest chart position yet, landing on Norway's Album Chart at #12, according to Faro Journalen (farojournalen.gan.no). An article detailing the chart action (in Norwegian) can be found here.

As previously reported, the black metal legends are returning to North American for dates this July. Confirmed dates include: More...

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Maniac And Friends Team Up On Side Project

Former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac has teamed up with an eclectic mix of Oslo-based musician friends in a band called TEAM ARMSTRONG, which is set to play Oslo's Elm Street on May 1. A rehearsal track entitled "Oslo City Babylon" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.

According to Maniac, the band has actually been in existence for some time now, with various members getting together whenever the occasion arises - the line-up being quite fluid, and musicians coming and going depending on commitments at any given time. The idea behind the band is to give the musicians, who are all active on the Oslo scene, the opportunity to come together and, not to put too fine a point on it, "have a good time"; playing what they feel like, without the constraints of genre or their own bands.

Aside from Maniac himself (under the name of Pastor Maniac), the current line up, and the one that will play at Elm Street, consists of Tore Moren (CARNIVORA, ARCTURUS, ex JORN), Ivar The Blanco (SILVER, HAPPY DAGGER), Anton (Anton Ruud and The Long Way Home), Hoegh, Dan Thunderbird (Backstreet Girls, RatCats) and Bent Metal (Gatecrashers, Borderline Bitches).

Maniac is writing and recording for his own band SKITLIV, and has recently completed recording guitars and vocals for a track on the soon to be released album from Sweden's DEADWOOD. Three un-mastered tracks from the forthcoming SKITLIV album can be heard on the band's official myspace page.

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Mayhem Book Pennsylvania Live Date

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM are returning to North American for dates this July. A date in Allentown, PA is set for July 25th.

Confirmed dates now include:

July
17 - Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
18 - West Hollywood, CA at Key Club
20 - Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
22 - Chicago, IL at Joe’s
23 - New York, NY at B.B. King Blues Club
24 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
25 - Allentown, PA at The Sterling Hotel More...

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Crematorium Seek Guitarist, Support Mayhem in L.A.

Los Angeles area hardcore-influenced death metal band CREMATORIUM is seeking a second guitar player.

REQUIREMENTS:
-all around knowledge of your instrument (although we aren't orchestra composers or anything)
-Reliable Transportation
-Decent flow of income for help with merch and such
-Solid Gear (or enough money to buy some via our endorsers)
-Tons of heart and dedication with the desire and ability to TOUR.

WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR:
-Junkies
-Lazy people
-Control freaks

If you fit this, email me with title CREMATORIUM GUITAR PLAYER. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.

Taylor / Crematorium
songsofself@gmail.com

In other news, CREMATORIUM has been confirmed as one of the support bands for the Los Angeles-area shows on the forthcoming Mayhem tour in July along with fellow L.A. metallers Intronaut. Currently writing new material, CREMATORIUM is hard at work in Los Angeles working on the follow-up to 'The Process of Endtime,' released in 2005 through Prosthetic Records.

CREMATORIUM on tour:

7/17 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Club
718 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

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Maniac's Skitliv Band Posts New Track Online

SKITLIV, formed by former MAYHEM frontman MANIAC has posted a new track on the band’s official MySpace page.

“Slow Train Coming” is unmixed and unmastered and one of several that the band is considering for their new album. It has been publicly aired only once before, during MANIAC’s guest slot in February on the popular Norwegian Metal programme Tinitus which airs once a week on the NRK P3 station.

Work is continuing on the new album, which will include appearances by a number of guest musicians, and MANIAC anticipates taking SKITLIV on the road once the album is released.

MANIAC has also just finished recording vocals on a track for the forthcoming album by Swedish band DEADWOOD, due to be released shortly on the UK Cold Spring Label.

Never one to avoid controversy, MANIAC made a recent, and very bloody, appearance at the SHINING gig in Sweden, along with the likes of CARPATHIAN FOREST’s NATTEFROST. A show that caused considerable outrage and hit the headlines both in the press and on Swedish television.

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Mayhem Announce New York City Openers

The openers have been announced for MAYHEM’s previously announced New York City show which will take place on July 23rd at the B.B. King Blues Club. Also performing will be TODAY IS THE DAY, NACHTMYSTIUM, MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT, and WITHERED. It is being billed as part of their “final U.S. tour.” For more information on the show, you can check the venue website here.

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Mayhem Release More Tour Dates

Dates have been released for MAYHEM’s “final” tour of the United States:

July 17 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 20 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
July 22 - Chicago, IL @ Joe’s
July 23 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
July 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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