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Album Review

Released to acclaim after Euronymous' death, this is the most readily available Mayhem album in America. The music is fast and furious, and the stomach-turning vocals are unintelligible, but Mayhem avoids being simply standard by making subtle changes in their sound throughout the album and not falling into a rut or repeating themselves, as too many other black metal bands tend to do. This album may require a bit of patience, but it is worth it.

Customer Reviews

my first review

i do not know who wrote the original review, but they most likely do not listen to any kind of metal. firstly, this is NOT Death Metal, this is pure unadultered Black Metal and there is no question about it, especially amongst fans. secondly, what the writer mentions as 'unintelligible lyrics' are actually intelligible, if you're looking to buy this album chances are you're into extreme metal, and you will most likely be able to tell what they're saying in most cases, or with a little help from reading the lyrics. a legendary album amongst black metal for many reasons. it contains the last lyrics written by lead singer Dead before he committed suicide. it was delayed due to the fact that not only did Necrobutcher (bass guitar) leave the band after Dead's death, but his spot was replaced by a very controversial man, Varg Vikernes of Burzum, who would murder guitarist Euronymous. there is a long very confusing story to the album, so i wont go too far into details, but what is important is this, Mayhem prevailed through many tragedies to put out this album, and they still prevail as one of the quintessential Black Metal acts to this day. No other band could have pulled through what this band went through. that said, this album stands as one of their very best, and even if you're not that big into Black Metal or the things tied to it, i would highly recommend having a listen to the five star track "Freezing Moon". the album contains otherworldly riffs and drumming like you have never heard before. if you're a fan of black metal, and/or extreme metal and you don't own this album, i would suggest you purchase it, NOW.

pure black metal

cold, dark, merciless
black metal at its finest
Mayhem is the greatest black metal band that ever was

Best black metal out there

Amazing, I am completely enchanted by this album. Freezing moon is one of my all time favorite songs.


Formed: 1984 in Norway

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Formed around 1985 by Necrobutcher and guitarist Euronymous (born Oystein Aarseth), Mayhem was the first black metal band from Norway to make a serious impact in their homeland, which in the early '90s developed a burgeoning underground scene rife with violent, sometimes anti-Christian activity, as evidenced by Mayhem's non-musical history. Drummer Hellhammer, who at one time worked in a mental hospital, is the only remaining member of the band's prime-period lineup. Lead vocalist Dead committed...
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