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.