Mayhem vocalist Per "Dead' Ohlin committed suicide on April 8, 1991, but not before several conflicts with guitarist Euronymous, who reportedly encouraged Dead's suicidal tendencies and once sent him shotgun shells that the singer used to take his own life.

Two years later, on Aug. 10, 1993, Euronymous would be murdered by fellow black metal musician Varg Vikernes. According to Vikernes, he learned of a plot that Euronymous had to stage a fake meeting about a contract to torture him to death. When Vikernes confronted him, a struggle ensued with the musician eventually stabbing Euronymous multiple times.