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

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