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

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