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

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