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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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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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Mayhem's "Ordo Ad Chao" Tracklisting, Art Revealed

Mayhem's "Ordo Ad Chao" tracklisting and cover art have been revealed. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. A wise Birthgiver
2. Wall of Water
3. Great Work of Ages
4. Deconsecrate
5. Illuminate eliminate
6. Psychic Horns
7. Key to the Storms
8. Anti

You can view the cover art for Mayhem's "Ordo Ad Chao" here.

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Mayhem Release First Tour Date

The first date has been announced for MAYHEM’s return to the U.S. this Summer:

July 24 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

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Mayhem's New Song Available For Download

A brand new MAYHEM track, entitled "Anti", is available for download at this location. The song comes off the Norwegian black metallers' new album, "Ordo Ab Chao", tentatively due in April via Season of Mist. The CD will come in very exclusive packaging.

Commented guitarist Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson): "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the 'Wolf's Lair Abyss' era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the MAYHEM history as well as the most wicked and darkest."

The upcoming CD will mark MAYHEM's first release since 1993 with vocalist Attila Csihar back behind the microphone.

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Mayhem Finish Recording "Ordo Ad Chao"

MAYHEM finished recording their new album "Ordo Ad Chao" last week. Here are Blasphemer's first words on this awaited release "The sound is raw and powerful, and listening to it, it reminds me of the "Wolf's Lair Abyss" era, only more varied and more philosophical. The album also contains the most aggressive songs in the MAYHEM history as well as the most wicked and darkest."

"Ordo Ad Chao" is tentatively scheduled for April 2007 and will come in a "very exclusive packaging."

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Mayhem's Attila Comments On Recent Events

Regarding the last events that happened with MAYHEM's recent shows, singer Attila Csihar decided to react. Here is his whole speech:

A Fascist-Religious Government in Europe hides behind its Democratic Facade

Some time ago, MAYHEM was set to play in POLAND. And we were very excited to deliver a great show to our Polish fans! The Polish government didn't warn us of any requirements, rules or guidelines in advance. So, thinking that all the details were taken care of, we set out with all our equipment and our entire stage set. One day before the show however we were informed that the Polish government had banned us from playing the country! And without any official statement or explanation!

When we looked into the situation, we saw that many Polish newspapers claimed that this action was merely based in politics as it was close to the next Polish elections. It seems that politics and religion are very strongly interlocked in the country. Could this be a new form of religious dictatorship and inquisition?

Needless to say, this caused a huge existential and financial loss for the band and our promoters. Not to mention a huge theft to the hundreds of fans who had bought tickets in advance.

How much longer do we have to suffer from these false, distorted, sick, politically religious regimes and dictatorships? How can a simple metal band be deemed a serious danger for the government and its citizens? It shows the weakness in Poland "democracy".

I grew up in an ex-communist country just like Poland. And I remember how the official history had "changed" from one day to the next. I remember the chaos and confusion this caused in the school system and realized this during my final high school exams in 1988.

This world is totally fucked up and hypnotised! And we are all suffering from a lifetime of lies! I know that my Polish friends can understand and relate to what I am saying. I recently heard from the Hungarian metal band Sear Bliss that their show in Poland was raided by armed police-commandos in ski-masks only moments before show time!

Someone must take a stand. Our only weapons are musical instruments yet they reply to us with machine guns! I am not afraid of priests and politics! How far will this go? Where has the freedom of speech, art and religion gone? Maybe it is in the ass of their pope? I would like to tell the Minister of Poland and his government to kiss all of our asses and fuck off!

Attila
Undead Vocalist of MAYHEM.

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Mayhem Comment On Controversial Fest Appearance

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have commented on the controversy surrounding their appearance at last weekend's Gates of Metal festival in Sweden. Pig heads and other animal parts decorated the stage during the band's performance - a violation of the Swedish animal by-product regulation.

MAYHEM frontman Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM), who himself wore a pig's head during the performance, told the Norwegian newspaper VG, "We were very pleased with the concert and it seems like the audience loved it." He explained that there is a symbolism in the stage performance and that he himself is a vegetarian.

"We wish to reflect society," he said. "Everyone who eats meat becomes fatter and fatter and slowly but surely turns into a pig."

The frontman also claimed that MAYHEM's stage show was cleared with the festival organizers and that the idea to do this came from him. He also revealed that he was surprised by all the media attention surrounding the concert.

When asked by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet why the band chooses to use dead animals as part of its stage show, MAYHEM bassist Jorn Stubberud (a.k.a. Necrobutcher) said, "We play death metal and this fits our music." Asked if he could understand why people reacted to the photos from the concert the way they did, Stubberud said, "But aren't there more important things going on in the world? I think you should write about what's going on in Lebanon instead."

A little over 2,500 people attended the 2006 edition of the Gates of Metal festival, which was held in Hultsfred.

"We lost money this year - how much we don't know yet," festival organizer Olof Wikstrom told the Swedish newspaper Ostran/Nyheterna. "In total, there were 5,000 tickets for sale and we expected at least 3,500 people to show up."

Despite this, Olof Wikstrom insisted that the festival will carry on. "We will definitely continue," he said.

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Mayhem's Use of Animal Parts On Stage Causes Stink

MAYHEM's appearance at the recently held Gates of Metal festival (Hultsfred, Sweden) created quite some commotion in the press. Firstly due to the band's striking live show and secondly to the attack launched by Animal Rights Sweden who condemned the use of animal parts on stage.

In Sweden it is only allowed to use animal by-products in an artistic context with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The permit needs to be obtained up forehand.

Articles appeared in Swedish Aftonbladet and Norwegian VG among others. Pictures can also be found here and here

MAYHEM is currently concentrating on the upcoming live dates and the preparations for their new studio album and do not wish to comment on the event at this time. Questions can be asked during the promotion for "Ordo Ab Chao".

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