History Music / Mayhem

17th Oct '17 8:56:39 AM Iampureevil
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* GenrePopularizer: For black metal. Specifically speaking, Mayhem essentially started up second-wave black metal, but first-wave black metal covers a lot of bands that are totally dissimilar to Mayhem (Music/CelticFrost and [[Music/KingDiamond Mercyful Fate]], for example), and the actual black metal genre didn't really have a proper definition until Mayhem and co. came along. (It is worth noting, however, that many of the second wave's most important characteristics had already been established by Music/{{Bathory}}, particularly on ''Under the Sign of the Black Mark'').
15th Sep '17 9:19:18 AM MrCoolioPants
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Forming in the mid-1980's and taking their name from a song by the band Music/{{Venom}} (who also coined the term BlackMetal), the Norwegian band's original line-up consisted of guitarist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), bassist Necrobutcher [[note]] Not to be confused with the pro wrestler. That Necro Butcher is two words, Mayhem's Necrobutcher is just one. Know the difference, it could save your life. Seriously, black metal fans can be scary, especially some of the ones whose favorite band is Mayhem. [[/note]] (Jørn Stubberud) and drummer Kjetil Manheim. When the group was originally formed, Euronymous also sang, before being replaced by [[MeaningfulName Maniac]] (Sven Erik Kristiansen) on vocals (who was [[HilariousInHindsight placed in a mental institution]] after the recording of the infamous ''Deathcrush'' EP) [[note]] No word on whether the two events were at all connected [[/note]]. Manheim also left the band that time. The band found replacements in drummer Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) and the Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin, nicknamed "[[PropheticName Dead]]" (previously of obscure cult-act "Morbid"), for his love of, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin surprise, surprise, death]]: He would wear clothes people had been buried in months before, cut himself on stage (one point he cut himself so much on stage he had to be sent to the hospital in bad need of a transfusion), and kept a dead crow in a jar because he liked "the stench of death". Despite these amusing quirks, [[SarcasmMode for some reason]] everyone who met him had ill feelings about him and always said that he looked like he hated being alive. These folks would ultimately be proven correct when one day, Euronymous entered the house that Dead was staying in and found him, appropriately enough, dead, a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill bullet wound in his head and his wrists cut open]] (Dead just wanted to be sure).

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Forming in the mid-1980's and taking their name from a song by the band Music/{{Venom}} (who also coined the term BlackMetal), the Norwegian band's original line-up consisted of guitarist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), bassist Necrobutcher [[note]] Not to be confused with the pro wrestler. That Necro Butcher is two words, Mayhem's Necrobutcher is just one. Know the difference, it could save your life. Seriously, black metal fans can be scary, especially some of the ones whose favorite band is Mayhem. [[/note]] (Jørn Stubberud) and drummer Kjetil Manheim. When the group was originally formed, Euronymous also sang, before being replaced by [[MeaningfulName Maniac]] (Sven Erik Kristiansen) on vocals (who was [[HilariousInHindsight placed in a mental institution]] after the recording of the infamous ''Deathcrush'' EP) [[note]] No word on whether the two events were at all connected [[/note]]. Manheim also left the band that time. The band found replacements in drummer Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) and the Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin, nicknamed "[[PropheticName Dead]]" (previously of obscure cult-act "Morbid"), for his love of, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin surprise, surprise, death]]: He would wear clothes people had been buried in months before, cut himself on stage (one point he cut himself so much on stage he had to be sent to the hospital in bad need of a transfusion), and kept a dead crow in a jar because he liked "the stench of death". Despite these amusing quirks, [[SarcasmMode for some reason]] everyone who met him had ill feelings about him and always said that he looked like he hated being alive. These folks would ultimately be proven correct when one day, Euronymous entered the house that Dead was staying in and found him, appropriately enough, dead, a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill bullet wound in shotgun round through his head (and brain lying on the floor) and his wrists cut open]] (Dead just wanted to be sure).
20th Jul '17 8:25:09 AM KingBowser9001
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* UnpleasableFanbase: Of the band's post-''DMDS'' output, only ''Wolf's Lair Abyss'' seems to be largely free of detractors. It doesn't help that part of the fanbase regarded the reformation of the band in the wake of Euronymous' death as being inappropriate to begin with. One wonders whether albums like ''Grand Declaration of War'' would have been less divisive if they had been released under another name.
1st Jul '17 3:32:12 PM ChildOfRagnarok
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* AscendedExtra: Guitarist Teloch started out as one of a slew of sessional guitarists after Blasphemer's departure.

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* AscendedExtra: Guitarist Teloch started out as one of a slew of sessional guitarists after Blasphemer's departure. He has since become one of the main songwriters for the band, writing much of their 2014 album ''Esoteric Warfare''.




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* VocalTagTeam: In the ''very'' early stages of their career, before they had a permanent singer, Euronymous and Necrobutcher would take turns singing during rehearsals.
1st Jul '17 3:21:34 PM ChildOfRagnarok
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* AscendedExtra: Guitarist Teloch started out as one of a slew of sessional guitarists after Blasphemer's departure.
27th May '17 11:23:53 AM IanDere
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* ClusterFBomb: "Chainsaw Gutsfuck" combines this with {{Gorn}}.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItTc8jXbRD8 When you do an interview with Necrobutcher, while he's drunk]], things can get [[{{Understatement}} a little weird.]]
13th Apr '17 7:30:54 AM Stellarvore
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* CardCarryingVillain: Euronymous was completely shameless when it came to calling himself evil. See the quote at the top of the page.


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** Then there's Euronymous, who named himself after a Greek spirit of death and declared war on every band he considered "life metal", and of course, [[DrivenToSuicide Dead]], who believed himself to not be truly alive.
2nd Feb '17 11:33:10 PM gewunomox
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Following Dead's suicide, Dead was replaced by Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, and Necrobutcher left the band and was temporarily replaced by Varg "Count Grishnakh" Vikernes, sole member of Bergen-based group Music/{{Burzum}}. During the recording of the band's first full-length album, ''De mysteriis Dom Sathanas'', tensions rose between Euronymous and Vikernes, which later resulted in Vikernes killing Euronymous, stabbing him a total of 21 times. Due to complaints from Euronymous's family, Hellhammer promised to remove Vikernes' basslines and record them himself, but this didn't happen. The explanation is either him feeling it was fitting that killer and victim should perform on the same album, or simply (and more likely) not having the time and money to go back and replace them, not to mention not knowing how to play bass. Vikernes' bass parts were, however, lowered in the mix (although some vinyl editions have them raised again, most likely owing to the remastering process for vinyl).

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Following Dead's suicide, Dead was replaced by Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, and Necrobutcher left the band and was temporarily replaced by Varg "Count Grishnakh" Vikernes, sole member of Bergen-based group Music/{{Burzum}}. During the recording of the band's first full-length album, ''De mysteriis Dom Sathanas'', tensions rose between Euronymous and Vikernes, which later resulted in Vikernes killing Euronymous, stabbing him a total of 21 times. Due to complaints from Euronymous's Euronymous' family, Hellhammer promised to remove Vikernes' basslines and record them himself, but this didn't happen. The explanation is either him feeling it was fitting that killer and victim should perform on the same album, or simply (and more likely) not having the time and money to go back and replace them, not to mention not knowing how to play bass. Vikernes' bass parts were, however, lowered in the mix (although some vinyl editions have them raised again, most likely owing to the remastering process for vinyl).
11th Jan '17 3:08:27 PM Morgenthaler
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-> "[[NoTrueScotsman There exist no death metal bands today, only "life metal" bands.]] If a band cultivates and worship death than it's death metal, no matter what kind of metal they play. And "cultivating" death doesn't mean to think it's funny or being into gore, [[NietzscheWannabe but I mean being able to kill just because you hate life.]] [[OmnicidalManiac It's people who enjoys to see wars because a lot of people get killed.]] [[PretenderDiss And I know no "death" metal bands in this way. There's an abyss between us and the rest:]] Be careful and avoid being "open-minded". The [[HardcorePunk HC]] pigs have correctly made themselves guardians of morality: We'll become guardians of anti-morality."

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-> "[[NoTrueScotsman There "There exist no death metal bands today, only "life metal" bands.]] bands. If a band cultivates and worship death than it's death metal, no matter what kind of metal they play. And "cultivating" death doesn't mean to think it's funny or being into gore, [[NietzscheWannabe but I mean being able to kill just because you hate life.]] [[OmnicidalManiac life. It's people who enjoys to see wars because a lot of people get killed.]] [[PretenderDiss killed. And I know no "death" metal bands in this way. There's an abyss between us and the rest:]] rest: Be careful and avoid being "open-minded". The [[HardcorePunk HC]] HC pigs have correctly made themselves guardians of morality: We'll become guardians of anti-morality."
9th Jan '17 1:59:31 PM CassandraLeo
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* LargeHam: Attila is perhaps the most notorious example of this among BlackMetal vocalists, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome not that anyone is complaining]]. His [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible unorthodox]] [[ManOfAThousandVoices amalgamation]] of [[GutturalGrowler guttural growls]] and operatic wailing is known for its theatrical qualities as well as being, well, [[{{Understatement}} highly emphatic]]. Maniac and Dead can also get pretty hammy.

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* LargeHam: Attila is perhaps the most notorious example of this among BlackMetal vocalists, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome not that anyone is complaining]]. His [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible unorthodox]] [[ManOfAThousandVoices amalgamation]] of [[GutturalGrowler guttural growls]] and operatic wailing is known for its theatrical qualities as well as being, well, [[{{Understatement}} highly emphatic]]. Maniac and Dead can also get pretty hammy; Maniac's spoken-word passages on ''Grand Declaration of War'' are particularly hammy.
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