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

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