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Latest news: Mon, Mar 27 2017, MAYHEM

Latest release: "Esoteric Warfare"

Release date: Fri, Jun 06 2014, US Tue, Jun 10 2014

MAYHEM have kicked off the second leg of their European "Purgatorium" tour that will again see the complete performance of their black metal landmark debut album 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'.

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The black onslaught will ravage throughout sixteen countries before its final curtain in Munich, Germany on the 16th of April.

MAYHEM tour
27 Mar 17 Aarhus (DK) Train
28 Mar 17 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat
29 Mar 17 London (UK) Electric Ballroom
30 Mar 17 Manchester (UK) Club Academy
31 Mar 17 Dublin (IE) Academy
01 Apr 17 Glasgow (UK) Lord of the Land
03 Apr 17 Savigny-le-Temple (FR) L’Empreint
04 Apr 17 Lyon (FR) CCO
05 Apr 17 Lausanne (CH) Les Docks
06 Apr 17 Milano (IT) Live Club
07 Apr 17 Nova Gorica (SI) Mostovna
08 Apr 17 Wien (AT) Vienna Metal Meeting
09 Apr 17 Zagreb (HR) Vintage Club
10 Apr 17 Belgrade (RS) Dom Omladine
11 Apr 17 Sofia (BG) Mixtape5
12 Apr 17 Brasov (RO) Club Rockstadt
13 Apr 17 Athens (GR) Fuzz Club
15 Apr 17 Budapest (HU) Durer Kert
16 Apr 17 München (DE) Dark Easter Metal Meeting

MAYHEM festival
30 Apr 17 Barroselas (PT) SWR Fest
17 Jun 17 Dessel (BE) Graspop
30 Jun 17 Helsinki (FI) Tuska
08 Jul 17 Viveiro (ES) Resurrection Fest
03 Aug 17 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
11 Aug 17 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
26 Aug 17 Crispendorf (DE) Wolfszeit
27 Aug 17 Bergen (NO) Beyond The Gates

Regarding this tour, legendary MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar commented: "The first time I ever heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that message was going to change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist to replace Dead on their debut album. Of course, I agreed to their offer and in 1993 we recorded 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which to me remains one of the most magical albums of all time. The music opened some unfathomable dimensions that reached beyond what we were able to handle and it unleashed a complete chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record, but when it finally came out under the sun in '94, it left a lasting impact on the whole metal scene. The so-called "2nd wave of black metal" was born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time MAYHEM collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes, the band had to rise again, when MAYHEM reunited with some old and new members. Yet that album always remained so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with MAYHEM in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live in full. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. In 2016 we suddenly felt that it was time to finally play the whole record in order to unleash That Beast after more than two decades. 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathans' will soon become alive!"

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Biography

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It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and latest full-length, "Ordo ad Chao". In the year of their 30th anniversary the single most notorious and important band in the history of black metal returns with ten venomous and vicious tracks that are true to the Norwegians’ immense legacy as kings of the underground.

Founded as early as 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, and Kjetil "Manheim" Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song "Mayhem with Mercy". Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the latter English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre.

The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin, the murder of Euronymous by guest bass player "Count Grishnakh" alias the notorious Varg Vikernes, church burnings, drugs and prison sentences – MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after another.

The incredible rawness of the "Deathcrush" EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik "Maniac" Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the "Wolf's Lair Abyss" EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, who scored a massive artistic success with the highly controversial "Grand Declaration Of War" (2000). This was followed by the more classic "Chimera" (2004) and that masterpiece of utter darkness called "Ordo Ad Chao" (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks.

MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten "Teloch" Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon.

Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unveiled and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by clearly linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia.

"Esoteric Warfare" is finally ready to be unleashed. This full-scale assault of total dark savagery of freezing riffs and Attila's inhumane vocals is entirely based on a concept dealing with the esoteric experimentations of the nuclear powers during the cold war. The album proves once again and beyond doubt that MAYHEM are the Alpha and the Omega of black metal!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Attila Csihar Vocals
Teloch Guitars
Necrobutcher Bass
Hellhammer Drums
Ghul Guitars (live)

Releases Season of Mist

Som378

A Season In Blasphemy

General information
: Fri, Dec 11 2015
: Fri, Dec 11 2015
: Black Metal
: SOM378
: available

Som333

Esoteric Warfare

General information
: Fri, Jun 06 2014
: Tue, Jun 10 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM333
: available

Som333ep

Psywar

General information
: Fri, Jun 06 2014
: Tue, Jun 10 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM333EP
: available

Som027r

Grand Declaration of War + European Legions

General information
: Fri, Apr 25 2014
: Tue, Apr 29 2014
: Black Metal
: SOM027R
: available

Stn002

Life Eternal (distribution only!)

General information
: Mon, Oct 20 2008
: Black Metal
: STN002
: available

Som150

Ordo Ad Chao

General information
: Mon, Apr 23 2007
: Black Metal
: SOM150
: available

Som084

Chimera

General information
: Mon, Mar 29 2004
: Black Metal
: SOM084
: available

Som073

Legions of War

General information
: Tue, Apr 22 2003
: Black Metal
: SOM073
: not available

Som054

The Studio Experience

General information
: Mon, Aug 19 2002
: Black Metal
: SOM054
: not available

Som049

European Legions

General information
: Mon, Jul 16 2001
: Black Metal
: SOM049
: available

Som039

Live in Marseille 2000

General information
: Sat, Jun 16 2001
: Black Metal
: SOM039
: available

Som027

Grand Declaration of War

General information
: Mon, May 01 2000
: Post Black Metal
: SOM027
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Tue, Mar 28 2017 NL Haarlem Patronaat
Wed, Mar 29 2017 UK London Electric Ballroom
Thu, Mar 30 2017 UK Manchester Club Academy
Fri, Mar 31 2017 IE Dublin Academy
Sat, Apr 01 2017 UK Glasgow Lord of the Land
Mon, Apr 03 2017 FR Savigny-le-Temple L’Empreint
Tue, Apr 04 2017 FR Lyon CCO
Wed, Apr 05 2017 CH Lausanne Les Docks
Thu, Apr 06 2017 IT Milano Live Club
Fri, Apr 07 2017 SI Nova Gorica Mostovna
Sat, Apr 08 2017 AT Wien Vienna Metal Meeting
Sun, Apr 09 2017 HR Zagreb Vintage Club
Mon, Apr 10 2017 RS Belgrade Dom Omladine
Tue, Apr 11 2017 BG Sofia Mixtape5
Wed, Apr 12 2017 RO Brasov Club Rockstadt
Sat, Apr 15 2017 HU Budapest Durer Kert
Sun, Apr 16 2017 DE München Dark Easter Metal Meeting
Sun, Apr 30 2017 PT Barroselas SWR Fest 2017
Thu, May 25 2017 GR Thessaloniki Fix Factory of Sound
Fri, May 26 2017 GR Athens Fuzz Live Music CLub
Sat, Jun 17 2017 BE Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting 2017
Fri, Jun 30 2017 FI Helsinki Tuska
Sat, Jul 08 2017 ES Viveiro Resurrection Fest 2017
Thu, Aug 03 2017 DE Wacken Wacken Open Air 2017
Fri, Aug 11 2017 CZ Jaromer Brutal Assault 2017
Sat, Aug 26 2017 DE Crispendorf Wolfzeit Festival 2017
Sun, Aug 27 2017 NO Bergen Beyond The Gates 2017
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