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

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