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MAYHEM: European "Purgatorium" Tour News.

Added 02 October 2017, 1:29 PM
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MAYHEM are fanning the flames for the next leg of their European "Purgatorium"-tour that comes with the complete performance of their landmark debut album 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which is considered to be the manifesto of second wave black metal. The dark ceremony will commence at the Colombia Theater in Germany's capital Berlin tomorrow, September 29th. An updated list of all confirmed MAYHEM shows can be viewed below.

Legendary MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar commented: "The first time I ever heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that message was going to change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist to replace Dead on their debut album. Of course, I agreed to their offer and in 1993 we recorded 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which to me remains one of the most magical albums of all time. The music opened some unfathomable dimensions that reached beyond what we were able to handle and it unleashed a complete chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record, but when it finally came out under the sun in '94, it left a lasting impact on the whole metal scene. The so-called "2nd wave of black metal" was born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time MAYHEM collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes, the band had to rise again, when MAYHEM reunited with some old and new members. Yet that album always remained so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with MAYHEM in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live in full. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. In 2016 we suddenly felt that it was time to finally play the whole record in order to unleash That Beast after more than two decades. 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathans' will soon become alive!"

MAYHEM European tour:

29 Sep 17 Berlin (DE) Colombia Theater
30 Sep 17 Dresden (DE) Reithalle
02 Oct 17 Stuttgart (DE) Wizeman
03 Oct 17 Graz (AT) Orpheum
04 Oct 17 Nilvange (FR) Le Gueulard
05 Oct 17 Köln (DE) Essigfabrik
06 Oct 17 Avelgem (BE) Hardrock Fest
07 Oct 17 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje (Soulcrusher Fest 2017)
08 Oct 17 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection
09 Oct 17 Colmar (FR) Le Grillen
11 Oct 17 Bilbao (ES) Santana 27
12 Oct 17 Lisbon (ES) Corroios
13 Oct 17 Madrid (ES) BAT
14 Oct 17 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
15 Oct 17 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
17 Oct 17 Rome (IT) Orion Live Club
18 Oct 17 Maribor (Sl) Stuk
19 Oct 17 Bratislava (SK) Randal
20 Oct 17 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
21 Oct 17 Warsaw (PL) Progesja
22 Oct 17 Riga (LT) Melna Piektdiena
23 Oct 17 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
24 Oct 17 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi
25 Oct 17 Tampere (FI) Klubi
27 Oct 17 Göteborg (SE) Brewhouse

"Esoteric Warfare" Tracklist:

1. Watchers
2. PsyWar
3. Trinity
4. Pandaemon
5. MILAB
6. VI.Sec.
7. Throne of Time
8. Corpse of Care
9. Posthuman
10. Aion Suntelia

It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and last full-length "Ordo ad Chao". Founded as early as in 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, and Kjetil "Manheim" Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song "Mayhem with Mercy". Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre. The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin. The murder of Euronymous by guest bass player "Count Grishnakh" alias the notorious Varg Vikernes. Church burnings, drugs and prison sentences, MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after the other. The incredible rawness of the "Deathcrush" EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik "Maniac" Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the "Wolf's Lair Abyss" EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, who scored a massive success with the highly controversial "Grand Declaration Of War" (2000). Those were followed by the more classic "Chimera" (2004) and a masterpiece of utter darkness called "Ordo Ad Chao" (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks. MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten "Teloch" Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon. Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!

Line-up:

Attila: vocals
Teloch: guitars
Necrobutcher: bass
Hellhammer: drums
Ghul: live guitar

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Edited 12 December 2017
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