When a band with Mayhem‘s pedigree puts out a new album, there’s going to be a lot of attention and a lot of scrutiny, especially since they don’t release them very often (it has been more than seven years since their last full-length).
Since last month's unveiling of the new song 'Psywar,' fans of the legendary black metal band Mayhem have been anxiously awaiting details on a new album. 'Esoteric Warfare' will be released on May 27 in the U.S. via Season of Mist (track listing below).
Mayhem have not unleashed a studio album since 2007's 'Ordo ad Chao.' Now, the legendary Norwegian black metal band has revealed they'll be releasing an as-yet-untitled record later this year. They have unveiled the first song 'Psywar,' and you can watch the lyric video above via Decibel.
San Francisco isn't exactly a haven for black metal, but this group of kids don't let that stop them from paying tribute to their Norwegian idols Mayhem. In 1994, the band released the groundbreaking 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas,' a black metal record that is still spreading its influence.
We kick off Round 1 of the Devil Horn region of Loudwire's 2013 March Metal Madness with AC/DC's huge-selling 'Back in Black' disc squaring off against black metallers Mayhem and their influential album, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.'
One of black metal's greatest pieces of lore revolves around the 1991 suicide of Mayhem vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin. After the body of Dead was found by Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, it was rumored that he collected skull fragments from his late singer and sent them to fellow black metal bands whom he felt were "worthy."
One of black metal's most famous legends revolves around the 1991 suicide of Mayhem vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin. For over 20 years, rumors have circulated worldwide about Mayhem guitarist Euronymous sending pieces of Dead's skull to other black metal musicians as a sign of deep respect towards their work and dedication to the genre. During our recent interview with Marduk's Morgan 'Evil' Steinmeyer Håkansson, the guitarist not only confirmed that he does indeed possess a piece of Dead's skull, but also lead fragments from the shot which killed Dead and a piece of his brain matter.
Deceased black metal legend Euronymous of the band Mayhem was the front-runner in a contest that would've had his likeness on the tailfin of Norwegian Air jets. The airline has removed the notorious guitarist from their "tailfin hero" poll -- find out why here.
Some critics have accused black metal of becoming a parody of itself in recent years, and certain musicians at the forefront of the movement, including Mayhem bassist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher), haven't done much to prove the genre is still dangerous, vibrant and viable.
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