“…a purposely gloomy and aggressive beast, and one that makes no concessions to outsiders, instead following its own willful and destructive path without any apology. Give it the time it deserves… and it will be with you forever.” — Team Rock on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM will embark on the second leg of their European live takeover this fall. The Purgatorium Europæ – Pars Duorum tour will commence September 29th in Berlin, Germany and ravage its way through twelve countries and nineteen cities, drawing to a close on October 27th in Gothenburg, Sweden.
MAYHEM is commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length with a worldwide tour performing the monumental record in its entirety. The cornerstone record recently earned the #40 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time, the prestigious publication noting, “…Mysteriis… remains a singularly potent document, its expressions of alienation and nihilism lent an icy severity by Aarseth’s lacerating guitar buzz, session vocalist Attila Csihar’s arcane croak and presentation of Dead’s lyrical gothic terror and the pummeling drums of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg).” See the full list at THIS LOCATION.
MAYHEM recently self-released De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive. Captured live in Norrköping, Sweden in 2015 during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival, the show marked MAYHEM’s first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full. 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 offering is available now on CD, LP, and DVD, as well as digitally. A second pressing of the vinyl edition will be released June 30th on various limited versions.
For CD orders, go to THIS LOCATION. For LP orders, visit THIS LOCATION. In Europe go HERE. For digital orders go HERE where you can also stream the record. The record is also available digitally via Amazon, Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and Tidal. For the full concert, video on demand, and download, visit MAYHEM on Vimeo at THIS LOCATION.
“Its lyrics speak of growing darkness, bottomless hellholes, pagan fears and the undead returning to recount their damnation. It’s pure Stoker with a side order of Poe, uniquely orchestrated to caterwauling gothic guitar and death-rattle drums and topped by Csihar’s avant-garde combo of growls, grunts, and operatic howling. And it set the tone for musical extremism for a generation, inspiring legions of disaffected headbangers to dress in black and hail Satan literally.” – Rolling Stone on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
“De Mysteriis… stands tall to this day. For one of the most prominent names in the black metal scene… it’s amazing how challenging and terrifying MAYHEM still feel and when channeling the energies of this record; the result is beautifully hellish.” – Distorted Sound
“MAYHEM are a band that remind us of the power of the live concert experience, morphing concert into macabre ceremony…” – BeatRoute
“On all ends of the stage, MAYHEM stood triumphantly in front of a sea of devil horns and thrashing fans. By the end of the night, nothing was left standing.” – Currently Streaming
“MAYHEM was nothing short of perfect. Any metalhead at the show who would tell you otherwise is not worth the weight in sweated out salt by the hundreds packed into the venue joyously rooting the savages on from MAYHEM.” – Vancouver Weekly
“In a sea of fog, this performance of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas realizes black metal as it was meant to be: an Impressionist’s rendering of damnation and the disavowal of organized religion’s dogmatic, style-over-spirit presumptions of authority in matters of faith on earth.” – Factory Worker Media
“When Csihar wasn’t delivering his haunting, horrific growl/gurgle/chant/scream vocals, he was gesturing and contorting wildly to the music or conducting ceremonial rites over a candle-laden altar set up before Hellhammer’s expansive drumkit. Add the banner of Nidaros Cathedral from De Mysteriis’ cover art behind it all, and it truly felt like black mass in the church of the damned.” – KNAC
“As the stage was lit a deep shade of purple, the eeriness and sinister energy promptly filled the Social Hall. Once all the instrumentalists of MAYHEM were on stage, the crowd rapturously responded with howls of ‘Fucking MAYHEM!’ and the sold-out crowd wouldn’t relent even in the end. A known showman, Attila Csihar made a rather chaotic entrance and made it impossible to be distracted during the performance.” – Heathen Harvest
“Frontman Attila Csihar put on amazing performance as frontman, laying down some of most depraved and unique screams I’ve heard in a while… Legendary extreme metal drummer Hellhammer breathed new life into each song, increasing the tempo and adding more chaos and complexity to the original drum parts that he recorded… MAYHEM put their all into it and as ominously as they appeared on stage, they exited off in similar fashion, regressing into the void of the pitch-black stage. Fans wanted more…” – Metal Assault
“MAYHEM’s entrance to the stage was ominous. By the light of two candles, the hooded guitarists appeared to the sound of a bell and some ritualistic chanting. The fast and high-pitched introduction to ‘Funeral Fog’ began, and lead singer Attila appeared fully cloaked and casting a massive, dark shadow on the crowd.” – Metal Wani