Twenty-five years on from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Deathlike Silence) and Norwegian Black Metal act Mayhem still face the unenviable task of living up to their infamous debut. Steeped in arson and murder, the legend of De Mysteriis… will never be surpassed, but with new album Daemon (Century Media), the band have arguably crafted their finest collection of songs since that tumultuous time.
Twenty-five years ago the world of the burgeoning global black metal scene was turned on its ear by Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Deathlike Silence) album. Already a thing of legend before one note was heard, its infamy and musical value are intertwined for all time, causing a lot of debate in the music community of which is the focal point for proper critique. Can we have one without the other? Not likely. A lot of words have been spent on this topic be it the marketing hype, drama, and even other mediums have focused and tribute paid to the history of Mayhem, the members passed away, past and present and the events in the run-up to the release of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, so we are not going to use that space here again. Continue reading
Originators of True Norwegian Black Metal, Mayhem has re-signed with Century Media Records and will release a new album later in 2019. Their debut full-length De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994) turns twenty-five this year is still considered by many to be the most influential Black Metal album of all time. Their sixth album will be released on October 25th. Soon after, they will embark on a European headline tour with special guests Gaahl’s WYRD and Gost. Continue reading
Since the first leg of Mayhem‘s ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Tour‘ was such a huge success here in North America, the black metal legends have decided to return for a second leg. Continue reading
First band for the evening were the Mancunian mouthful that is Inconsessus lux lucis, try saying that fast after you’ve had a pint. With a name like that and a bill like this you’d be forgiven for expecting so straight up black metal. That being said the fact they’re on I, Voidhanger also makes you expect the unexpected. Continue reading