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

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