Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are celebrating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with tours across the globe. This coming January, the band will march their way across North America performing the record in its monumental entirety.
In conjunction with their many live appearances, MAYHEM will also release De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive on December 15th, 2016. The album was captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival. The show marked the band’s first time ever playing the album in full.
Check out live footage of “From the Dark Past” and “Life Eternal“:
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Teloch with light production by Anne Weckstrom, stage design and production by Jonas Svensson, video recording by Thornfields Production and video editing by Tamàs Tarczi. The celebratory release will come available on CD, LP, and DVD (the first 1000 copies are numbered) as well as digitally on December 15th, 2016. For physical preorders, point your browser here. For digital orders go here.
Catch the band performing the album in its entirety on their upcoming North American tour with BLACK ANVIL and INQUISITION, which starts January 20, 2017.
The last time ARCTURUS released new music, they were not at the top of their game. Sideshow Symphonies was simply not on par with the band’s previous releases. Ten years later, we have Arcturian and a band that sounds creatively refreshed. Arcturian is unequivocally better than its predecessor and brings ARCTURUS back on track with some of their best material to date.
The album is sharp, direct, and wastes no time with meandering. The symphonic elements, the space/prog rock elements, subtle dark electronic influences, and the black metal roots meld together wonderfully. There are song sections and entire songs that exemplify the band’s previous albums as well as new elements brought to the table.
“Crashland” sounds like the stepchild of La Masquerade Infernale with its string arrangements and atmosphere. “Angst” has the glacier-sized keyboards of the band’s early releases with a ferocity not heard since “Radical Cut” featuring Ihsahn. “Warp” is archetypal ARCTURUS with spacey synth, solemn pianos, and non-stop pulsing energy. “Demon” sounds like DEPECHE MODE – in a good way. “The Journey” is new territory with its new age feel. It starts out with electronic beat and violins before segueing with acoustic guitars and ghostly vocals sweeping in and out. “Bane” closes out Arcturian with a strange space carnival caravan, which fits their onstage presentation. It’s also one of the weakest songs on Arcturian.
As far as performances go, the band are at the top of their game. Co-founding member Hellhammer is as godly as he always is. Other co-founding member Sverd dazzles and shows why he is the most legendary synth player in the Norwegian metal scene. Knut Magne Valle‘s first take-improvised guitar solos are perfect. ICS Vortex may be the only one to take a hit for some of his vocal lines. They can come off as off key here and there. But to his credit, he does sing his ass off and sounds good for the most part.
Arcturian is not perfect but overall, it’s a strong return to form. There is a lot to love about it. Welcome back, ARCTURUS. (Prophecy Productions)
Former BATHORY drummer turned film and music video director, Jonas Åkerlund, is set to direct the film based on the 1998 book, Lords of Chaos, which covered MAYHEM‘s history and the infamous deaths and church burnings in Norway in the early 90’s. The book is interesting but is by no means the be all end all of that era of the Norwegian black metal scene.
Rolling Stone spoke with MAYHEM co-founder/bassist Necrobutcher to get his reaction to the announcement:
“This book Lords of Chaos is fucking crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK…I will do everything I can to stop this film…. Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go fuck themselves.”
Unlike everyone else, we waited until 2014 was actually over to recount our favorite albums. It’s been a great year for extreme music with a healthy amount of excellent releases. We saw the return of legends in GODFLESH and AT THE GATES as well as welcome returns from long recording breaks in BEHEMOTH and MAYHEM. And who can deny the GHOST B.C.-like popularity explosion of Japan’s BABYMETAL? Crazy shit. Metal is certainly a diverse genre.
For 2014, the APESHIT goons did not have any unanimous or semi-unanimous album of the year (i.e. 2013’s CARCASS‘ Surgical Steel). But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks. Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.
Three years subsequent to the formation of elite metal project, NADER SADEK, and the release of the collective’s debut album, In The Flesh, the final video from the album has been released.
“Re:Mechanic” was re-recorded with vocals by Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION), backing vocals by Mike Hrubovac (MONSTROSITY, VILE) and Tim Rocheny (MAUSOLEUM), drums by Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY), main guitars from Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, ex-MAYHEM), leads from Orestis Nalmpantis, and bass by Kelly Conlon (PESSIMIST, ex-DEATH, MONSTROSITY). Yet in the ever-morphing fashion of the NADER SADEK entity, the video hosts an altered cast. While Eriksen and Mounier are featured, the rest of the filmed lineup is rounded out with bassist and vocalist Novy Nowak (CONDEMNATION, ex-VADER), as well as SADEK himself not only directing the video but also appearing as the Desert Druid.
The video was filmed on multiple continents, in both underground NYC locations as well as at the ancient Crystal Altar in Egypt.
Visual/performance artist NADER SADEK, who conceptualized the 2011 blackened death masterpiece In the Flesh and its live follow-up Living Flesh, will return to the stage in late May with a string of Canadian and European dates.
The band also has a new line up of all-stars for the tour:
Vocals – Travis Ryan (CATTLE DECAPITATION)
Guitars – Rune Eriksen (AURA NOIR/ex-MAYHEM)
Guitars – Bobby Koelble (DEATH TO ALL/ex-DEATH)
Bass – Martin Rygiel (ex-DECAPITATED)
Drums – Flo Mournier (CRYPTOPSY)
Concepts and Direction – Nader Sadek
Tour dates are as follows:
5/20 Montreal, Quebec @ Petit Campus
5/23 Rome, Italy @ Traffic Live Club
5/24 Florence, Italy @ Cycle Club
5/25 Novara, Italy @ Rock’N’Roll
5/26 Martigny, Switzerland @ Sunset Bar
5/27 Paris, France @ Glazart
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will release their long-awaited new album on May 23rd (May 27th in North America). Entitled Esoteric Warfare, MAYHEM’s fifth full-length will be the follow-up to 2007’s excellent Ordo Ad Chao. Esoteric Warfare will be preceded by the release of new single Psywar as a 7” vinyl on April 25th (April 29th in North America). A lyric video of the song is below:
The B-side of the Psywar 7″ vinyl is made of the From Beyond the Event Horizon demo, a non-album track taken from the band’s 2012 Budapest sessions. The single will come in different editions featuring art from Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, GHOST, BEHEMOTH) and Costin Chioreanu (ULVER, VADER, IHSAHN). It is available for pre-order at Season of Mist’s e-shop. Here are all four versions:
In other news, the reissue of the iconic and controversial Grand Declaration of War, originally released in 2000, will be released this April. The album will a second CD, which includes 2001’s European Legions, made of live tracks and pre-production versions of songs from Grand Declaration of War.
After releasing his latest full length solo album Incomprehensible on The End Records in January 2013, ANDY WINTER (WINDS, AGE OF SILENCE, SCULPTURED) now returns with his first ever music video; an artistic collaboration by various talents in the realm of music, film and fashion.
Musically speaking, “Uncountably Infinite” is a stylistic departure from Andy Winter’s usual style of subdued and progressive art-rock. The sound takes on a more metallic edge with harsher and rougher tones, featuring a crunchy wall of guitars courtesy of Andy Winter himself, complimented by the vocals of Mirai Kawashima (SIGH), bass playing of Jason William Walton (AGALLOCH, SCULPTURED), drumming of Jan Axel von Blomberg AKA Hellhammer (WINDS, MAYHEM, ARCTURUS), and guitar solo by Donald Anderson (AGALLOCH, SCULPTURED).
Starring in the video is actress and burlesque dancer Tristan Risk, most recently featured in the cult horror film “American Mary” by The Soska Sisters.