YMMV / Mayhem

  • Awesome Music: De mysteriis Dom Sathanas is the most frequently cited contender, obviously. Where you should go after that depends on your musical inclinations. If you want raw, old-school black metal, your best bets are Deathcrush, Wolf's Lair Abyss, and Ordo ad chao. If you want more experimental, avant-garde material, Grand Declaration of War is probably what you're looking for (although you should check out Wolf's Lair Abyss in this case as well... and then check out Chimera and, again, Ordo ad chao).
  • Becoming the Mask - Arguably what happened with Euronymous.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The outro to original version of Deathcrush EP .
    All the little flowers are singing
    All the little birds are too
    They are very happy
    And we hope you are too
  • Broken Base - One of the biggest and most notorious examples in black metal. Dead vs. Maniac vs. Attila, Euronymous vs. Blasphemer vs. Teloch/Ghul, the avant-garde style vs. the old-school style, whether the band should even have continued after Euronymous' death, the list goes on and on and on.
  • Epic Riff - A lot of the time, most notably on De mysteriis Dom Sathanas.
    • Euronymous' status as a Decent Human Being is highly debatable...his prowess on a six-string is not.
    • His successor, Blasphemer, was if anything even more skilled on guitar. Pretty much all the recordings he made with Mayhem (specifically, Wolf's Lair Abyss, Grand Declaration of War, Chimera, and Ordo ad chao) have their share of Epic Riffs as well.
  • Evil Is Cool - Arguably part of the reason some fans like them.
  • Epileptic Trees: Was Euronymous really a Satanist? Was he really the evil sociopath that he made himself out to be? It's debated as to whether his twisted acts (such as using the photo of Per "Dead" Ohlin's dead body after his suicide as a cover for a bootleg album) were because he was like that, or was it just part to build an image. Varg of Burzum keeps stating this, but due to Varg being Varg, it's debated.
    • Whether Euronymous actually believed his own hype is indeed debatable. But, considering he took pictures of Dead's dead body and kept pieces of his broken skull...it's safe to say that he was The Sociopath.
  • Face of the Band - Dead and Euronymous, due to their untimely demises giving them a sort of evil mystique.
  • Growing the Beard - Varg Vikernes claims that this happened when Hellhammer and Dead joined the band: "Until Hellhammer and Dead joined the band in 1989, Mayhem was a shitty, ‘fun’, hobby-band. If you read the lyrics on their Deathcrush album you’ll know what I mean". Others may have their own opinions on when this happened, though in any case DMDS is almost universally considered to be better than Deathcrush.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The band used weird names for their instruments on the credit lines to their earlier releases. On Deathcrush, their original drummer Manheim is credited for playing "hellhammers".
  • Hype Backlash: By some variation, some listeners will be put off with how hyped Mayhem is as a band and/or how praised De mysteriis Dom Sathanas is considered. The only thing people will pin point and somewhat agree on is that Maniac/Dead made the sound, Euronymous built the band's image, and Attila solidified their debut.
  • The Scrappy: Hellhammer is immensely disliked by some due to suffering heavy Small Name, Big Ego and literally praising Bård Faust for "killing that fucking faggot". note  Even people who respect his musical abilities tend to acknowledge that he's also a severe Jerkass.
  • Signature Song: "Freezing Moon," which, along with "Transilvanian Hunger", is often considered the signature song of all of Black Metal. Earlier, their signature song was "Pure Fucking Armageddon."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks - Grand Declaration of War and Chimera received this reaction from many of Mayhem's fans. However, the former at least is arguably becoming somewhat Vindicated by History as its stature among fans seems to be improving.
  • Vindicated by History: Grand Declaration of War seems to be a case of this. When it came out in 2000 it was almost universally despised, but these days most online discussions of it garner far more praise than criticism.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Some of Attila's stage costumes are rather weird, to say the least. You don't usually go to a black metal show expecting the lead vocalist to be dressed in Bugs Bunny's costume. Or whatever the hell this is supposed to be.
  • The Woobie: Yes. Even for this band.. Arguably Dead. He suffered sleep apnea as a child and internal bleeding, which resulted with his obsession with death and the occult. Old band members that knew him (Fellow band member Hellhammer and Faust of Emperor) stated he didn't seem happy with life and Euronymous just kept adding and add more psychological problems and causing fights with him (at one point, Dead had to sleep freaking outside because Euronymous was tormenting him), until he finally killed himself. And what did Euronymous do? TAKE FRIGGIN' PICTURES OF HIS DEAD BODY.
    • There is a bittersweet thing about Dead in that despite his death, fans and old members still consider him a fun guy, just a bit into the dark humor.