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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 suicide in 1991 (two years after joining the band) by shooting himself in the head; Hellhammer made a necklace using some of his skull fragments, and Euronymous reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead's brain. Euronymous, in turn, was stabbed to death while in his underwear on August 10, 1993, by the band's bass player, Count Grishnackh (born Christian Vikernes). Grishnackh's alleged motive was jealousy over the fact that Euronymous had a more evil reputation; he inflicted 23 separate wounds, it was also rumored, so as to outdo rival band Emperor's drummer, Faust, who was convicted in the stabbing death of a homosexual acquaintance. When police arrested Grishnackh, they found over 150 kg of stolen dynamite in his house, complete with a plan to blow up a large church on a religious holiday. Grishnackh went on to pursue his electronic-influenced project Burzum while in prison; meanwhile, Euronymous' parents requested that his bass tracks be erased from Mayhem's 1994 album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, (which featured session vocalist Attila Csihar). Still, thanks to growing world-wide interest in Norwegian black metal, Mayhem product has continued to appear on the shelves into the next century. Hellhammer also put together a new Mayhem lineup, which has toured sporadically. During one such tour in 2003, a concert-goer in Norway received a fractured skull as a sheep head flew from the stage while bandmember Blasphemer was cutting the head away from the torso. ~ Steve Huey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Freezing Moon
  3.   Watchers
  4.   Impious Devious Leper Lord
  5.   Whore
  6.   I Am the Labyrinth
  7.   My Death
  8.   Life Eternal
  9.   A Time to Die
  10.   Fall of Seraphs
  11.   Carnage
  12.   Visual Aggression
  13.   Trinity
  14.   Chimera
  15.   Dark Night of the Soul
  16.   Silvester Anfang
  17.   The Vortex Void of Inhumanity (Intro)
  18.   Slaughter of Dreams
  19.   Funeral Fog
  20.   From Beyond the Event Horizon
  21.   Aion Suntalia
  22.   Posthuman
  23.   Corpse of Care
  24.   Throne of Time
  25.   VI Sec.
  26.   MILAB
  27.   Pandaemon
  28.   I Am Thy Labyrinth / From the Dark Past
  29.   Blow
  30.   Key to the Storms
  31.   Psychic Horns
  32.   Deconsecrate
  33.   You Must Fall
  34.   Rape Humanity With Pride
  35.   Silvester Anfang/Fall of Seraphs
  36.   (Weird) Manheim/Pure Fucking Armageddon
  37.   Witching Hour
  38.   To Daimonion
  39.   Completion in Science of Agony
  40.   Crystalized Pain in Deconstruction
  41.   [Untitled Track]
  42.   View from Nihil
  43.   In the Lies Where Upon You Lay
  44.   A Grand Declaration of War
  45.   Cursed in Eternity
  46.   Pagan Fears
  47.   From the Dark Past
  48.   Buried by Time and Dust
  49.   Necrolust
  50.   Symbols of Bloodswords
  51.   Nasty Funk
  52.   De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
  53.   Deathcrush
  54.   Chainsaw Gutsfuck
  55.   Pure Fucking Armageddon
  56.   Among My Souveniers
  57.   Wall of Water
  58.   Illuminate Eliminate
  59.   Great Work of Ages
  60.   Tsunami
  61.   Psywar
  62.   A Wise Birthgiver
  63.   Jump, Shout, Boogie
  64.   Anti
  65.   Intro
  66.   A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun

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