History Music / Mayhem

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.
4th Jan '17 2:04:39 PM CassandraLeo
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* LimitedLyricsSong: Despite running for nearly ten minutes, "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" only contains three stanzas (sixteen lines) of lyrics. Some of this is due to the slow tempo of the song, but even then, more than half of the song is instrumental (or contains only wordless vocals). "Illuminate Eliminate", another nearly ten-minute song, doesn't have much more in the way of lyrics than "Completion", and for that matter, the two-minute Part II of "Completion" only contains two lines, while the AlbumIntroTrack "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" only contains a single line, repeated several times. There are probably other examples as well.

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* LimitedLyricsSong: Despite running for nearly ten minutes, "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" only contains three stanzas (sixteen lines) of lyrics. Some of this is due to the slow tempo of the song, but even then, more than half of the song is instrumental (or contains only wordless vocals). "Illuminate Eliminate", another nearly ten-minute song, doesn't have much more in the way of lyrics than "Completion", and for that matter, the two-minute Part II of "Completion" only contains two lines, while the AlbumIntroTrack "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" only contains a single line, repeated several times.times, and "A Wise Birthgiver" only has three lines. There are probably other examples as well.



* SingleStanzaSong: "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" and "Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)".

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* SingleStanzaSong: "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" and Inhumanity", "Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)".II)", "A Wise Birthgiver".
4th Jan '17 1:49:56 PM CassandraLeo
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* HiddenTrack: As mentioned above under BookEnds, there is one of these before the first song on ''Grand Declaration of War''.

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* HiddenTrack: As mentioned above under BookEnds, there is one of these before the first song on ''Grand Declaration of War''. The final song, the second part of "Completion in Science of Agony", could itself be considered an example, as it's not listed on the back of the CD and comes after a lengthy silence.
4th Jan '17 1:47:58 PM CassandraLeo
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* SopranoAndGravel: Most of the time they use the traditional HarshVocals of black metal, but there are occasional examples of sung passages in their work, such as on "De mysteriis Dom Sathanas" and "Symbols of Bloodswords". There is also a choir on "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" after the lengthy instrumental break.

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* SopranoAndGravel: Most of the time they use the traditional HarshVocals of black metal, but there are occasional examples of sung passages in their work, such as on "De mysteriis Dom Sathanas" and "Symbols of Bloodswords". There is also a choir on "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" after the lengthy instrumental break.break; the end of the song features the choir at the same time as the harsh vocals, while Maniac alternates clean singing with the traditional MetalScream of black metal earlier in the song.
4th Jan '17 1:41:45 PM CassandraLeo
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* ApocalypseHow: ''Grand Declaration of War'' seems to end with one.



* ConceptAlbum: To a certain extent, ''Wolf's Lair Abyss'' and ''Grand Declaration of War'' seem to make up two halves of one.



* 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]].

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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.
* LimitedLyricsSong: Despite running for nearly ten minutes, "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" only contains three stanzas (sixteen lines) of lyrics. Some of this is due to the slow tempo of the song, but even then, more than half of the song is instrumental (or contains only wordless vocals). "Illuminate Eliminate", another nearly ten-minute song, doesn't have much more in the way of lyrics than "Completion", and for that matter, the two-minute Part II of "Completion" only contains two lines, while the AlbumIntroTrack "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" only contains a single line, repeated several times. There are probably other examples as well.


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* SingleStanzaSong: "The Vortex Void of Inhumanity" and "Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)".
4th Jan '17 1:35:33 PM CassandraLeo
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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).

During that time, they were associated with Gaahl, Gorgoroth's then-vocalist. While a cultured, soft-spoken and polite man who had a homosexual tryst with a Norwegian fashion stylist and modeling agent named Dan [=DeVero=], Gaahl nonetheless had a long history of violence. Gaahl is still being held responsible for kidnapping and torturing a man who walked on his property uninvited, cutting him and making him bleed into a cup, and threatening to use him as a sacrifice. They take trespassing pretty seriously in the Black Metal community.

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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 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).

During that time, they were associated with Gaahl, Gorgoroth's Music/{{Gorgoroth}}'s then-vocalist. While a cultured, soft-spoken and polite man who had a homosexual tryst with a Norwegian fashion stylist and modeling agent named Dan [=DeVero=], Gaahl nonetheless had a long history of violence. Gaahl is still being held responsible for kidnapping and torturing a man who walked on his property uninvited, cutting him and making him bleed into a cup, and threatening to use him as a sacrifice. They take trespassing pretty seriously in the Black Metal community.



Maniac was later fired due to his stage fright-related alcoholism (and has been involved in other projects, such as the doom band Skitliv) and replaced by Attila Csihar, who performed on the band's fourth album ''Ordo Ad Chao'', their most critically regarded since the seminal ''De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'', which [[UnpleasableFanbase still has its fair share of detractors]].

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Maniac was later fired due to his stage fright-related alcoholism (and has been involved in other projects, such as the doom band Skitliv) and replaced by Attila Csihar, who performed on the band's fourth album ''Ordo Ad Chao'', ad chao'', their most critically regarded since the seminal ''De Mysteriis mysteriis Dom Sathanas'', which [[UnpleasableFanbase still has its fair share of detractors]].



* 1994 - ''De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas''

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* 1994 - ''De Mysteriis mysteriis Dom Sathanas''



* 2007 - ''Ordo Ad Chao''

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* 2007 - ''Ordo Ad Chao''ad chao''



* AltumVidetur: ''Ordo ad chao'' is grammatically incorrect Latin for "order to chaos" (an inverted version of the Freemasons' motto, ''Ordo ab chao'', or "order from chaos". A grammatically correct version would be ''Ordo ad chaos''). ''De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'' translates roughly as "Of Lord Satan's Secret Rites" or "About the Mystery of the Lord Satan". The band uses other Latin in its lyrics, though it is also not always grammatically correct.

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* AltumVidetur: ''Ordo ad chao'' is grammatically incorrect Latin for "order to chaos" (an inverted version of the Freemasons' motto, ''Ordo ab chao'', or "order from chaos". A grammatically correct version would be ''Ordo ad chaos''). ''De Mysteriis mysteriis Dom Sathanas'' translates roughly as "Of Lord Satan's Secret Rites" or "About the Mystery of the Lord Satan". The band uses other Latin in its lyrics, though it is also not always grammatically correct.



* EpicRocking: A few of their songs are quite long. The longest is "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" from ''Grand Declaration of War'', which is 9:44 in length. "Illuminate Eliminate", from ''Ordo ad Chao'', is close behind at 9:40. Their songs tend to be pretty long anyway, though; there is only one song on ''De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'' under five minutes in length, and half of them are longer than six.
* FriedrichNietzsche: Some of the lyrics on ''Grand Declaration of War'' are directly taken from his writings or inspired by him. The album's title is apparently his description of ''Twilight of the Idols'' („eine grosse Kriegserklärung“).
* GenreBusting / GenreRoulette: ''Grand Declaration of War'' had more than a bit of this, experimenting with AvantGardeMetal (the whole album), ProgressiveMetal ("In the Lies Where Upon You Lay" and "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)"), DoomMetal ("Completion" again), and TripHop ("A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun") in addition to the band's usual BlackMetal roots. This wasn't entirely unprecedented in their discography as ''Wolf's Lair Abyss'' had already begun deploying electronic elements, and even before his death, Euronymous had indicated an interest in electronic music, so it's possible Mayhem's music would have ended up using some of these elements even if he hadn't died.

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* EpicRocking: A few of their songs are quite long. The longest is "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" from ''Grand Declaration of War'', which is 9:44 in length. "Illuminate Eliminate", from ''Ordo ad Chao'', chao'', is close behind at 9:40. Their songs tend to be pretty long anyway, though; there is only one song on ''De Mysteriis mysteriis Dom Sathanas'' under five minutes in length, and half of them are longer than six.
* FriedrichNietzsche: Some of the lyrics on ''Grand Declaration of War'' are directly taken from his writings or inspired by him. The album's title is apparently his description of ''Twilight of the Idols'' („eine grosse Kriegserklärung“).
Kriegserklärung“). While Nietzsche was the FormerTropeNamer for StrawNihilist, the lyrics of ''Grand Declaration'' generally avert the trope and suggest that someone in the band may have actually read him.
* GenreBusting / GenreRoulette: ''Grand Declaration of War'' had more than a bit of this, experimenting with AvantGardeMetal (the whole album), ProgressiveMetal ("In the Lies Where Upon You Lay" and "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)"), II)" in particular), DoomMetal ("Completion" again), and TripHop ("A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun") in addition to the band's usual BlackMetal roots. This wasn't entirely unprecedented in their discography as ''Wolf's Lair Abyss'' had already begun deploying electronic elements, and even before his death, Euronymous had indicated an interest in electronic music, so it's possible Mayhem's music would have ended up using some of these elements even if he hadn't died.



* KillAllHumans: Virtually the entirety of ''Ordo ad Chao'' consists of this.

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* KillAllHumans: Virtually the entirety of ''Ordo ad Chao'' chao'' consists of this.



* SopranoAndGravel: Most of the time they use the traditional HarshVocals of black metal, but there are occasional examples of sung passages in their work, such as on "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" and "Symbols of Bloodswords". There is also a choir on "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" after the lengthy instrumental break.

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* SopranoAndGravel: Most of the time they use the traditional HarshVocals of black metal, but there are occasional examples of sung passages in their work, such as on "De Mysteriis mysteriis Dom Sathanas" and "Symbols of Bloodswords". There is also a choir on "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)" after the lengthy instrumental break.



* StylisticSuck: ''Ordo ad Chao''; while Mayhem's earlier work was quite lo-fi, their years since their reformation had crystal clear production and electronic drums. ''Ordo ad Chao'' had muddy guitars, a very low-end sound (unheard of in black metal), and had under-produced drums (no EQ, triggers only on the bass drums).

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* StylisticSuck: ''Ordo ad Chao''; chao''; while Mayhem's earlier work was quite lo-fi, their years since their reformation had crystal clear production and electronic drums. ''Ordo ad Chao'' chao'' had muddy guitars, a very low-end sound (unheard of in black metal), and had under-produced drums (no EQ, triggers only on the bass drums).
4th Jan '17 1:29:24 PM CassandraLeo
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* BreatherEpisode: "A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun" comes in between two of the heaviest songs on ''Grand Declaration of War'', "View from Nihil" and "Crystallized Pain in Deconstruction".



* StylisticSuck: ''Ordo ad Chao''; while Mayhem's earlier work was quite lo-fi, their years since their reformation had crystal clear production and electronic drums. ''Ordo ad Chao'' had muddy guitars, a very low-end sound (unheard of any black metal), and had under-produced drums (no EQ, triggers only on the bass drums).
** In his interview for Until the Light Takes Us, Vikernes stated that they went out of their way to use the shittiest possible equipment while recording to the point where the mic used to record vocals was a tiny, outdated and almost nonfunctional headset.

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* StylisticSuck: ''Ordo ad Chao''; while Mayhem's earlier work was quite lo-fi, their years since their reformation had crystal clear production and electronic drums. ''Ordo ad Chao'' had muddy guitars, a very low-end sound (unheard of any in black metal), and had under-produced drums (no EQ, triggers only on the bass drums).
** In his interview for Until ''Until the Light Takes Us, Us'', Vikernes stated that they went out of their way to use the shittiest possible equipment while recording recording, to the point where the mic used to record vocals was a tiny, outdated outdated, and almost nonfunctional headset.
4th Jan '17 1:18:45 PM CassandraLeo
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* UncommonTime: "Deathcrush", "Chainsaw Gutsfuck", and "Slaughter of Dreams" among other tracks.

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* UncommonTime: "Deathcrush", "Chainsaw Gutsfuck", and "Slaughter of Dreams" among other tracks. Some of their examples from their avant-garde era get much more complicated, such as "In the Lies Where Upon You Lay", which has several different time signature changes.
4th Jan '17 1:13:40 PM CassandraLeo
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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Several of their songs have these. In particular, it takes about two minutes before the vocals enter in both "A Grand Declaration of War" and "Funeral Fog".
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