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

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