mayhemThere is always a point in life when we ask ourselves whether or not there are examples of life imitating art especially in the entertainment business. There has always been a mystery to outsiders who do not understand Norwegian Black Metal and what it meant to the many bands that were the forefathers of the genre. One of the bands that is a huge example of this argument is the legendary and notrious kings of Black Metal in Mayhem. The band which was made up of Per “Dead” Ohlin (vocals), Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth (guitar), Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes (Bass), and Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg (Drums). The band together began writing their first album titled De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, but instead of the album being released in 1987, it didn’t see the light of day until 1994. The reason for this is for the fact that Dead decided one day to commit suicide and then Euronymous who had gone to the local store to buy a camera to take pictures of him. Eventually, Euronymous was killed and Attila Csihar was brought in to sing vocals for the album. While the album may not have charted, it is often praised as one of the influential black metal albums and it made Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal albums of all time at number 49 which is why I chose ti as this week’s album of the week.

mayhem-de-mysteriis-dom-sathanas1. Funeral Fog– a fierce in your face track that is just relentless and the instrumentals are great and then they turn up the ante when the lyrics kick in on this track that I believe is about Dracula. 5/5

2. Freezing Moon-an interesting track where they flex their metal abilities in the beginning of the track that Hellhammer claims is supposed to make you want to commit suicide. 5/5

3. Cursed in Eternity– an awesome in your face track about walking through hell with the devil as your tour guide as he welcomes you to your cursed eternity. 4.5/5

4. Pagan Fears– an awesome metal track that is all about Norway’s culture before the Christians took over and forced them into Christianity. 5/5

41q-xoQdq0L._SX355_5. Life Eternal– Another fierce track that kind of has a dark meaning to it in my opinion, I feel like Dead was talking about suicide in the track like he’s contemplating it throughout the song. 5/5

6. From The Dark Past-a horror influenced track (in my opinion) about a man that returns from the dead to tell his tale, but everyone in the village is terrified. 4.5/5

7. Buried by Time and Dust– a hammering track about a vampire which was probably based off of Bram Stoker. 4.5/5

8. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas– the title track is a six minute epic that proves that these guys had chops whether they believed it or not. The title alone is pig Latin because the proper Latin title would be De Mysteriis Domini Satanae which means About the Mystery of the Lord Satan. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s too bad that Dead’s vocals didn’t end up on the album, but there is a live album that features him singing some of the tracks. As I said before, these guys have some chops and are a metal band whether they like it or not. Life Eternal, Pagan Fears, and Freezing Moon are my favorite tracks on the album. I don’t have a least favorite, but if I did it would be Buried by Time and Dust. This is definitely a must listen to album if you are looking to get into black metal. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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