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Mayhem

Formed: 1984
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

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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 Dillinger Escape Plan Announce Headlining Tour

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have announced a series of headlining tours in support of their acclaimed new album Ire Works.

The band will first head out on an U.S. headlining tour in April that will also include an appearance at Bamboozle Left in Irvine, CA. Then in early May, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will head to Japan for “Extreme The Dojo 20” with the re-united AT THE GATES along with PIG DESTROYER and MAYHEM.

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will follow the Japanese tour with a headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand. A complete listing of tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon.

Additionally, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman recently spoke with MTV2’s Headbanger’s Blog about broken bones, border patrol, reality shows, and more. Visit headbangersblog.mtv.com to read the complete interview.

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Moonsorrow Confirmed For Summer Nights Fest

Finnish folk/pagan metallers MOONSORROW have been confirmed for the Summer Nights Open Air festival, set to take place June 20-21 at Castle Frauenstein in Mining am Inn, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

BEFORE THE FALL
BELPHEGOR
BLACK MESSIAH
BLOODFEAST
DARK FORTRESS
DARKSIDE
EQUILIBRIUM
FALL OF SERENITY
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
GODDAMNED X
IN SLUMBER
INZEST
MAROON
MASTIC SCUM
MAYHEM
MOONSORROW
NEAERA
NECROPHAGIST
OBITUARY
OUTRAGE
PERISHING MANKIND
RIGER
SERENITY
THIRDMOON
ULTRAWURSCHT
VARG
VOLBEAT
WOLFCHANT

The festival will feature two stages with more than 40 international metal bands. For more information, visit www.summer-nights.at.

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Book On Norwegian Black Metal Due In May

American documentary photographer Peter Beste's book "True Norwegian Black Metal" will be issued on May 15 via Vice Books.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society.

Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight has been absolutely without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist community. With each visit Beste saw more, photographed more and eventually accumulated enough material for this book. "True Norwegian Black Metal" is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

With extensive contributions from the personal archive of Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, a unique opportunity is here presented to see original artifacts and ephemera from this secluded rock community, and to read accounts of these events in the words of the people who were actually there at the time.

"True Norwegian Black Metal" offers confrontational live performance photographs of a savage subculture set alongside the stark beauty and natural allure of a landscape often shrouded in darkness.

The book is comprised of:

* 160 pages of photographs of the following bands/individuals: Nocturno Culto and Fenriz of DARKTHRONE; Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, Blasphemer, and Maniac of MAYHEM; Samoth of EMPEROR; Frost of SATYRICON; ENSLAVED; Abbath of IMMORTAL; Gaahl, Infernus, King, and Kvitrafn of GORGOROTH; Nattefrost of CARPATHIAN FOREST; 1349; DIMMU BORGIR; ILDJARN; AURA NOIR; and many more

* Interviews/quotes from Frost (1349), Abbath (IMMORTAL), Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), Gaahl (GORGOROTH)

* Essay by authors and Jon "Metalion" Kristiansen, publisher of the original Norwegian black metal publication Slayer magazine, including 32 pages of original artifacts, photographs, ephemera, and personal accounts by black metal's key figures from Krisiansen's personal archive."

For more information, visit www.peterbeste.com.

Beste has scheduled a photo exhibition beginning May 8 at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City, with London, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, Los Angeles shows to follow.

Peter Beste on Norway's NRK talking about his black metal pictures: More...

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Mayhem Announce More Tour Dates

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have lined up the following dates:

Feb. 20 - UK Woughton Centre: Milton Keyens
Feb. 21 - UK Islington Academy London
Feb. 22 - UK Rock City Nottingham
Feb. 23 - UK Drummonds: Aberdeen
Feb. 24 - UK Ivory Black: Glasgow
Feb. 26 - UK Barfly: Birmingham
Feb. 27 - Holland Effenaar Eindhoven
Feb. 28 - Germany Turock Essen
Feb. 29 - Holland Bolwerk Sneek
Mar. 08 - Wien AT: Planet Music
Mar. 09 - Bologna IT: Estragon
Mar. 10 - Martigny CH: Les Caves Du Manoir
Mar. 11 - Frankfurt DE: Batschkapp
Mar. 12 - München DE: Backstage
Mar. 13 - Erfurt DE: Club Centrum
Mar. 14 - Bischofswerda DE: Eastclub
Jun. 20 - Clisson FR: Hellfest
Jul. 04-6 - Löbnitz DE: With Full Force
Aug. 15 - Oulu FI: Club Teatria Jalometalli Fest

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Mayhem Obtain "Stage Helicopter" For Euro Tour?

MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Blasphemer are rumoured to have spent over 100.000 EURO on a special stage-helicopter for the upcoming European tour. Sources close to the legendary band says that "they are very happy with the way things are shaping up" and that "it will show Mayhem from a more modern and mature side".

At the time of posting, Mayhem's label, Season of Mist, is unable to confirm above.

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Mayhem Win Spellman Award

Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM took home the Spellmann Award in the "Metal" category at the 36th annual installment of the show for their latest album, Ordo Ad Chao. The Spellmann Awards are the Norwegian equivalent of America's Grammy Awards. Ordo Ad Chao entered the Norwegian album charts at #12, the band's highest position ever.

The nominees in the "Metal" category of the Spellmann Awards were: DIMMU BORGIR (In Sorte Diaboli), MAYHEM (Ordo Ad Chao) AUDREY HORNE (Le Fol), and RED HARVEST (A Greater Darkness).

As previously reported, Mayhem will embark on a string of dates with death/thrash metallers DIMENSION F3H this month. Dates are as follows:

February
8 - Voxhall - Arhus, Denmark
20 - Woughton Centre - Milton Keynes, UK
21 - Islington Academy - London, UK
22 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
23 - Moshulu - Aberdeen, UK
24 - Ivory Black - Glasgow, UK
26 - Barfly - Birmingham, UK
27 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
28 - Turock - Essen, Germany
29 - Bolwerk - Sneek, Holland

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Maniac's Skitliv To Release Special Edition MCD

SKITLIV, the band formed and fronted by former MAYHEM vocalist Maniac, and featuring SHINING’s Niklas Kvarforth on guitars, is releasing two special editions on the UK Label Cold Spring. The CD version, due out at the end of February, comprises two studio tracks; one a special mix of “Slow Pain Coming” exclusive to Cold Spring, and the other, a version of “Amfetamin”, with guest vocals by current MAYHEM and SUNN0))) front man Attila, and includes bonus tracks from the band’s recent live performance at the Camden Underworld, London. Following later will be a limited 12” etched edition.

The release illustrates the subtle shift away from the narrow confines of Black Metal that Maniac has taken recently, expanding into the realms of the Doom/Noise genre whilst still maintaining his original roots. His cooperation with Current 93’s David Tibet and Andrew Liles is also highlighted in the intro to the live performance that was recorded by the two musicians especially for SKITLIV. The Tibet/Liles recording used for live performances differs from the version that they recorded as an intro for the “Kristiansen and Kvarforth Swim In The Sea of Equilibrium While Waiting…” MCD that was recently released by the band for their European tour.

Maniac commented “Justin of Cold Spring has been a friend for a long time now, and we have always talked about doing a one-off project together, but you know how it goes, you tend to get side-tracked by other things, or the time is not right for one or the other. Then he came up with the idea of the etched vinyl that was something that really appealed to everyone involved. It also came at the right moment in terms of us all having a free window at the same time, so we were able to re-record and re-mix a couple of tracks especially for him in between recording the MCD and preparing for the tour”.

You can check out a song from the MCD on the band’s MySpace page.

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DEP To Play Show With At The Gates And Mayhem

On the February 06th episode of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien", The Dillinger Escape Plan will make an appearance as the musical guests. The band made the following statement: "We're playing Conan O'Brien on Wednesday February 6th....and it's not a joke. Really? Really. And you thought Cloverfield was the only time this year you'd be able to see New York get destroyed by monsters. Other guests include Heath Ledger's corpse and Asian Steve." In other Dillinger news, the band has been confirmed to play at the "New England Metal & Hardcore Festival" on April the 26th, which will raise hell at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. The Dillinger Escape Plan have also been added to the following Japanese shows with the reunited At The Gates, Mayhem and more TBA:

May 08th Osaka/Namba, JAP - Hatch
May 09th Nagoya, JAP - Club Quattro
May 11th Tokyo, JAP - Studio Coast

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Five Finger Death Punch Cancel Tour Dates

Five Finger Death Punch issue the following update:

"Hey everyone, we regret to inform you all that all of FFDP's current tour dates have been cancelled. Read the message below:"

"Due to concerns regarding vocalist Ivan Moody's throat, Five Finger Death Punch has cancelled all live performances through March 7th. Ivan has developed calluses on his vocal chords that, if left untreated, could lead to permanent damage. As a preventative measure, he has been advised by doctors to take 2 months of vocal rest and work on rehabilitating his vocal chords. All are confident that Ivan will make a full recovery and be back in top form in plenty of time for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's slot on the MAYHEM tour with SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED this Summer." More...

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WFAHM, Fall of Serenity To Play With Full Force

WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH and FALL OF SERENITY are confirmed to play the this year 15th edition of WITH FULL FORCE festival to be held on the 4th to 7th of July, 2008.

Other bands confirmed so far are IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, PRIMORDIAL, CONVERGE, MAYHEM, THE RED CHORD, DARK FUNERAL, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, VOLBEAT and many more. You can find more info at www.withfullforce.de.

FALL OF SERENITY will also hit the European roads this February together with the almighty DISMEMBER and HATESPHERE.

Here are the latest FALL OF SERENITY tour dates: More...

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Saxon Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

UK metal legends SAXON - complete with their special Eagle Lights Set - are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which takes place March 7th - 8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SAXON, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED, WITHIN TEMPTATION.

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Mayhem And Dimension F3H Announce European Dates

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM and Norwegian death/thrash metallers DIMENSION F3H are joining forces for a string of European dates in February, which currently include:

February
20 - Woughton Centre - Milton Keynes, UK
21 - Islington Academy - London, UK
22 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
23 - Moshulu - Aberdeen, UK
24 - Ivory Black - Glasgow, UK
26 - Barfly - Birmingham, UK
27 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
28 - Turock - Essen, Germany
29 - Bolwerk - Sneek, Holland

Stay tuned for further updates.
(thanks: Jonas)

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More Bands Added To With Full Force Festival

IN FLAMES, MINISTRY, MAYHEM, STUCK MOJO and DARK FUNERAL are among the confirmed bands for the With Full Force festival, set to take place July 4-6, 2008 at Flugplatz Roitzschjora in Löbnitz, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

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A.O.K.
BELPHEGOR
BORN FROM PAIN
BROILERS
BRUTAL TRUTH
CATARACT
CONVERGE
DARK FUNERAL
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DISCIPLINE
DRONE
ENEMY OF THE SUN
ENSIFERUM
FALL OF SERENITY
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
IN FLAMES
J.B.O.
JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE
MAD SIN
MAMBO KURT
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
MISERY SPEAKS
PRIMORDIAL
PSYCHOPUNCH
SHE MALE TROUBLE
SLAPSHOT
STUCK MOJO
SUBWAY TO SALLY
THE DESTINY PROGRAM
THE RED CHORD
THE TURBO AC'S
VOLBEAT
WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH

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Ratt Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock Festival

RATT has been confirmed to play at the ATARFE VEGA ROCK FESTIVAL, set to take place the 7th (Friday) and 8th of March (Saturday) 2008, in the city of ATARFE (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia - SPAIN). By now, this is the billing after adding this new act: ANGELUS APATRIDA, BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, RATT, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL, UNLEASHED and WITHIN TEMPTATION. More bands will be announced very soon.

This year the shows will be hold at “Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe”, a modern covered Bullring, with all the facilities, that a music festival like the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival requires.

First tickets can now be sold. The special price for the two day tickets is 45 Euros + issue expenses, this promotion will end the 30th December. Tickets can be bought in these stores and sites: Carrefour, Fnac, Tipo Stores and www.ticktackticket.com.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website www.brmusic.net.

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Mayhem Drummer To Guest On New Nidingr EP

Norwegan black/thrash metal act NIDINGR is currently working on a new EP, titled "Wolf-Father", which will feature drummer Hellhammer (real name: Jan Axel von Blomberg; MAYHEM, WINDS, ARCTURUS, DIMMU BORGIR, THE KOVENANT). More information will be made available soon.

NIDINGR guitarist Teloch recently completed a European tour as a session member of the Norwegian black metal outfit GORGOROTH.

NIDINGR's limited-edition vinyl release "Sodomize the Priest" (2006) featured a rehearsal recording from 1996 on side A, and various tracks from 1998 on side B.

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Slaughter Confirmed For Atarfe Rock Festival

Las Vegas-based hard rockers SLAUGHTER are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe, Spain (11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: BELPHEGOR, DANGER DANGER, DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SLAUGHTER, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

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Symphony X Confirmed For Artarfe Rock Festival

SYMPHONY X are the latest act confirmed for Spain's Atarfe Vega Rock Festival, which will take place March 7th/8th, 2008 in the city of Atarfe (at 11 km from Granada, Andalusia).

Confirmed acts on the bill now include: DESTRUCTION, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, KORPIKLAANI, KOTIPELTO, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, SYMPHONY X, TRIBAL and UNLEASHED.

For more info about the festival, visit the official website at www.brmusic.net.

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My Dying Bride Confirmed For Atarfe Vega Rock

Legendary UK doom outfit MY DYING BRIDE has been confirmed for the rescheduled Atarfe Vega Rock festival, which will now take place March 7-8, 2008 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

DESTRUCTION
EXCITER
GRAVE DIGGER
KATATONIA
KORPIKLAANI
MAYHEM
MY DYING BRIDE
TRIBAL
UNLEASHED

Two-day tickets cost 45 euros plus service charges. This promotional price will end on December 27.

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Ex-Mayhem Vocalist To Perform w/ Shining In Oslo

SKITLIV/ex-MAYHEM frontman Maniac will join SHINING on stage during the band's forthcoming gig at Oslo, Norway's Club Maiden on Saturday, November 10. His appearance at the gig will mark the continued collaboration between Maniac and SHINING's Kvarforth, who recently became a full-time member of SKTILIV — both recording and performing live with the band. Kvarforth will play both with SKITLIV and SHINING during December, when the two bands will be undertaking a 19-date tour in Europe together with Austrian black metallers HELLSAW.

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Ex-Mayhem Frontman To Join Shining Onstage

SKITLIV frontman Maniac (ex-MAYHEM) will join SHINING on stage during the band’s forthcoming gig at Oslo’s Club Maiden on Saturday 10 November. Slated to perform at least one song with the band, his appearance will mark the continued collaboration between Maniac and Shining’s Kvarforth, who recently became a full-time member of Skitliv - both recording and performing live with the band. Kvarforth will play both with Skitliv and Shining during December, when the two bands will be undertaking a 19-date tour in Europe together with Austrian black metallers HELLSAW.

Supporting Shining at Club Maiden will be two Norwegian bands: ENDEZZMA, the Black Metal band that features members of URGEHAL, RAGNAROK and VULTURE LORD, and psychopunkers HAUST, who will open the evening. This will be the only date that Shining will play in Norway until March of 2008, when the band is scheduled to appear at the Inferno Festival.

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