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

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