Mayhem (Norwegian Black metal band)

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Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, and have long been regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem's career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin ("Dead") and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth ("Euronymous") by former member Varg Vikernes ("Count Grishnackh"), also of Burzum.

The group released a demo and an EP that were highly influential, and amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. They disbanded after Aarseth's murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg ("Hellhammer"), Jørn Stubberud ("Necrobutcher") and Sven Erik Kristiansen ("Maniac") reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen ("Blasphemer") replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar and Krister Dreyer ("Morfeus") have since replaced Kristiansen and Eriksen, respectively.

The band's music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the wider metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. Mayhem's 2007 album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for Best Metal Album.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 Pure Fucking Armageddon Mayhem 1
1994 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Mayhem 4.5 8
2000 Grand Declaration of War Mayhem 3.2 1
2002 Jihad / Freezing Moon The Meads of Asphodel / Mayhem 2
2004 Chimera Mayhem 2.75 2
2007 Ordo Ad Chao Mayhem 3.8 2
2014 Esoteric Warfare Mayhem 4 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 European Legions Compilation Mayhem 1
2001 U.S. Legions Compilation Mayhem 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Live in Leipzig Live Mayhem 3.5 7
1998 Live in Bischofswerda Live Mayhem 1
1999 Mediolanum Capta Est Live Mayhem 4.5 2
2001 Live in Marseille 2000 Live Mayhem 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Freezing Moon Mayhem 1
1997 Ancient Skin / Necrolust Mayhem 1
2014 Psywar Mayhem 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Deathcrush Mayhem 4.35 6
1996 Out From the Dark Mayhem 4 1
1997 Wolf's Lair Abyss Mayhem 4.35 5
1999 Necrolust / Total Warfare Mayhem / Zyklon-B 1
2009 Life Eternal Mayhem 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 Vomit From Helvete Mayhem 1

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