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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.   I Am the Labyrinth
  5.   Impious Devious Leper Lord
  6.   Whore
  7.   My Death
  8.   A Time to Die
  9.   (Weird) Manheim/Pure Fucking Armageddon
  10.   [Untitled Track]
  11.   Pure Fucking Armageddon
  12.   Life Eternal
  13.   Anti
  14.   Slaughter of Dreams
  15.   Dark Night of the Soul
  16.   Crystalized Pain in Deconstruction
  17.   A Grand Declaration of War
  18.   Chainsaw Gutsfuck
  19.   The Vortex Void of Inhumanity (Intro)
  20.   Buried by Time and Dust
  21.   Fall of Seraphs
  22.   Carnage
  23.   Rape Humanity With Pride
  24.   You Must Fall
  25.   De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
  26.   Funeral Fog
  27.   Tsunami
  28.   Aion Suntalia
  29.   Posthuman
  30.   Throne of Time
  31.   MILAB
  32.   Pandaemon
  33.   Trinity
  34.   Psywar
  35.   I Am Thy Labyrinth / From the Dark Past
  36.   Intro
  37.   Blow
  38.   Psychic Horns
  39.   Illuminate Eliminate
  40.   Deconsecrate
  41.   Chimera
  42.   Silvester Anfang/Fall of Seraphs
  43.   Witching Hour
  44.   To Daimonion
  45.   Completion in Science of Agony
  46.   A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun
  47.   View from Nihil
  48.   In the Lies Where Upon You Lay
  49.   Silvester Anfang
  50.   Deathcrush
  51.   Cursed in Eternity
  52.   Pagan Fears
  53.   From the Dark Past
  54.   Visual Aggression
  55.   Necrolust
  56.   Symbols of Bloodswords
  57.   VI Sec.
  58.   Jump, Shout, Boogie
  59.   Nasty Funk
  60.   A Wise Birthgiver
  61.   Corpse of Care
  62.   Key to the Storms
  63.   From Beyond the Event Horizon
  64.   Wall of Water
  65.   Among My Souveniers
  66.   Great Work of Ages

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