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one of my fav Black metal albums in its effective simplicity. Euronymous's buzzsaw riffs are nicely complimented by Hellhammer's thunderous drum cavalcade, and that fucker Varg actually plays some tasteful, simple bass that isn't merely doubling. Attila sounds like a combination of Popeye, Marlon Brando, and Darby Crash if he was going through a windshield. "Funeral Fog" and "Pagan Fears" are all time to me. and it was dope seeing them do this alb live. so anyway vote this fucker up...

1. "Funeral Fog"
2. "Freezing Moon"
3. "Cursed in Eternity"
4. "Pagan Fears"
5. "Life Eternal"
6. "From the Dark Past"
7. "Buried by Time and Dust"
8. "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas"

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 02:24 (two weeks ago) link

the best album ever

life eternal

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 July 2020 02:25 (two weeks ago) link

I love that manic riff that just shows up in the middle after minutes upon minutes of the same slow droney thing, and then kind of disappears.

no weak tracks. "From the Dark Past" now piquing my interest...again due to Hellhammer just driving that beat.

the guitar solo is so hilariously out of tune but I love that Blasphemer, Teloch, every guitarist since Oystein died has left it intact.

and yet still the most dangerous the pit ever got wasn't during any of DMDS songs but fuckin' "Deathcrush".

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 02:30 (two weeks ago) link

where's that people who should've been cancelled a long time ago but weren't for some reason thread

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:01 (two weeks ago) link

it's not like there's a shortage of non-neonazi metal around to toughen up to

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:02 (two weeks ago) link


hellhammer's a total shithead. i really love mayhem and this makes them much harder to listen to. idk what to tell you

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 July 2020 03:09 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty sure people in this band have been thoroughly cancelled in one form or another

circa1916, Saturday, 25 July 2020 05:52 (two weeks ago) link

Furthermore, it is not a neo-nazi band

Mule, Saturday, 25 July 2020 11:28 (two weeks ago) link

the solo in "Freezing Moon" will never not be hilarious, like Euronymous saw someone he wanted to impress walk by in a Sam Ash, but realized he didn't know any scales or music theory, so that's all he could come up with.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

That solo absolutely pwns and I may vote for 'Freezing Moon' just to underscore that FACT.

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

I mean i still love it, it's the kind of goofy thing that made Euronymous who he was.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

Listened to the whole thing again just now and am tempted to vote for 'Buried by Time and Dust' based on the middle section alone. Otherwise, 'From the Dark Past'. Or the title track for its showcase of Attila's higher register. Or…

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

I really love the live album that came out in 2018 as well when they toured this album. modern Attila putting new touches on some of his vocals, clarity that allowed me to hear parts I wasn't able to hear on the disc etc.

not a big live album person, but I played that one a lot after the tour.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Freezing Moon, I think, but I shalt listen again before voting

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

really wish we'd gotten a version of this album with Dead too.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

not 'instead of', but in 'addition to'...alternate history fantasies

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

i love to get very stoned and watch this

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

I saw that tour on two legs - one headlining with Inquisition (cringe, but we didn't know yet) and Black Anvil in ATL, the other with Immolation and Black Anvil in both Tampa and Jacksonville. ATlanta was the best - was drunk, sound was louder, band members were all shrouded, creepy-awesome atmosphere. lifer fans.

second and third shows were good, but I was a bit more excited about Immolation both times, who I hadn't seen in a few years, and were touring behind a great new album. not as many crazed Mayhem fans at those shows, but I did get to treat my friend, who'd never see them, to the Jax show, and she had a great time.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:52 (two weeks ago) link

only bummer is no 'greatest hits' set after. Mayhem sets without "Deathcrush" material kinda lose a little. i'd never seen a pit get as violent as I did when "Chainsaw Gutsfuck" or "Deathcrush" got played.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:54 (two weeks ago) link

lol Mayhem are selling their own facemasks. i'd get one if I hadn't already gotten a King Diamond one

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

I only saw Mayhem once, Anaal Nathrakh were supposed to support but couldn't make it because of snow, thought it was kind of fitting that a band from Birmingham couldn't make it to London but Mayhem did

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

lol. that sounds like it would have been a fun pairing, shame.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

OMG hahahahaa

After Mayhem, Csihar continued to work in various bands, such as Plasma Pool, Aborym, and Korog; he also performed as Caiaphas in the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in Hungary. As he told in an interview in Hungarian Metal Hammer he felt honoured to sing "Jesus Must Die"

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

it was a shit gig really, lots of waiting around and when they did come onstage the sound was terrible

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

Was that ca. The Codex Necro? That album fucking slays – a shame they went down an industrial-inflected path afterwards, they never successfully pulled it off imho.

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

no it was about 10 years ago but agree, that album is amazing but their later stuff, I never would've thought to call it industrial, but they do a lot of clean vocal I suppose I'd think of it as symphonic black metal or something, and I hate that shit

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 25 July 2020 16:18 (two weeks ago) link

There's already a bit of that on Domine non es dignus, which is still a solid album overall, although hardly on par with the debut's no-holds-barred bloodbath. I also really like the EP they put out in between, When Fire Rains Down from the Sky, Mankind Will Reap as It Has Sown. Anyway, they're slated to release a new one this year – maybe I'll check it out just to get a better sense of where they've gone since the late 00s.

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

I I the only one who really likes metal and Mayhem in particular but stopped listening to them because they were, y'know, fascists?

Not trying to be accusatory, just... having a hard time understanding it.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:25 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like we've had this debate countless times in the rolling metal threads, and we're bound to rehash it over and over again, but my stance is simple: I'm not going to pay for music made by fascists or fascist sympathizers, nor will I attend their concerts, but if they make amazing albums, I sure as hell will listen to them, especially when the lyrical material itself is unobjectionable (this is the case here, if memory serves, quite unlike, say, Transilvanian Hunger). Conversely, I'm not going to automatically praise art made by someone who shares my political views if it sucks.

'A work of art is more than the ideological sum of its parts' makers' is a non-negotiable statement as far as I'm concerned because art has never been a 1-to-1 translation of an artist's intended meaning (assuming they even have one in the first place) and never will be – it's a lot more obscure and chaotic and impersonal and enigmatic than that. So when I'm listening to De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, I don't give a fuck about the human beings behind it: they are officiants tuned into something greater than their dumb-ass would-be politics, and that vague, potentially sublime 'something' is what I'm listening for.

I totally get where you're coming from, though, and am not blaming your rejection of the music in the least. There are recent black metal albums by fash pieces of shit I just can't listen to anymore (Nécropole being case in point and, since I looked up their lyrics, Caverne) because the racism is inextricably embedded into the music, and that's just… fuck that.

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks much for that response, makes sense. No need to rehash further, I'll look at metal threads.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 25 July 2020 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

We talked about this a bit in the 2018 metal poll noms, if you're curious:

ILX Metal n' Heavy Rock Poll 2018: NOMINATIONS thread - open till Jan. 19th, 2019!

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 21:56 (two weeks ago) link

*poll noms thread

pomenitul, Saturday, 25 July 2020 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks pomenitul.

I've thought about this issue a lot, and don't have much more to write about it at present, but during a lecture a few years ago, Fred Moten talked about how he couldn't disavow TS Eliot, even tho Eliot was a racist, anti-Semitic asshole. Eliot's cadences and rhythms helped Fred understand and inform his own.

I'm the same way with a few poets, too, as well as musicians.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 26 July 2020 00:20 (two weeks ago) link

"Funeral Fog" and "Freezing Moon" are timeless, but overall this record leaves me feeling empty. Which I guess is kind of the point of these boys' cornball nihilist play-acting? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A. Begrand, Sunday, 26 July 2020 01:07 (two weeks ago) link

... i mean v little about the music strikes me like that one way or the other regardless of the fact that at the time this was a band of edgelords

i get why ppl wouldn’t want to listen to mayhem because i certainly can’t listen to dissection at all anymore but i think they have a much more complicated ideological legacy than say varg does on his own (of course a lot of this is due to the band’s shifting lineup). i think of it much on the same terms of how much i love darkthrone and transilvanian hunger and yet even with fenriz’s apology feel pretty profound disgust at the liner notes of that record!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 July 2020 09:37 (two weeks ago) link

i’m also even wary of the arguments i’m making right now, like just bc i do not hear nihilism in this particular mayhem record does not mean it isn’t there and didn’t fuel its making and that i’m not somehow unconsciously supporting it by ignoring it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 July 2020 09:48 (two weeks ago) link

it's something I have spent a lot of time thinking about, I personally have no issue at all separating art from artists in terms of whether I can listen to music made by bad people without being repulsed by it, but I do not want to support those bad people either. at the time I went to the Mayhem gig, I didn't really know anything about what their political opinions are, in fact I still don't actually. I probably would've thought that Anaal Nathrakh being on the bill was a sort-of endorsement that they were OK, with Anaal Nathrakh being friends with Napalm Death I assumed they wouldn't be politically objectionable anyway.

I also went to see Marduk around that time, which I wouldn't do now.

I don't buy music by people I know to be shit people or go to their gigs, but I probably haven't always done due diligence on that, especially when it comes to metal bands, I suppose because I am more into punk than metal I don't really take metal imagery very seriously and assume it's all just posturing, except sometimes it isn't.

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 26 July 2020 10:18 (two weeks ago) link

The drum fills on this record sound like overdubs. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I'm not a drummer but this is how it sounds to me

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 26 July 2020 10:37 (two weeks ago) link

good discussion upthread. to add my own 75 cents, like most people, I can't lie that the "mythos" of Mayhem didn't draw me to them, largely due to morbid curiosity. I started with Wolf's Lair Abyss, and loved it so much, I took a bus back to that indie record store later and bought Dawn of the Black Hearts (with...yes...*that* cover).

I was militantly anti-Varg, anti-Rob Darken, anti-any NSBM, and admittedly, knowing he played on DMDS at the time would have likely stopped me from hearing it. Problem was, I believed Hellhammer's lie about re-recording the bass, and being pre-Wikipedia, never learned until later that Hellhammer was lying and that this was Varg playing bass.

Hellhammer was always hard for me to swallow, with his disgusting homophobia, "Black metal is for white people", the latter of which he's recanted, but I'll never trust him. Like mentioned upthread, the music not having that present is how I excused it, plus Varg essentially being a hired gun who was in jail by the time I was listening to the band. it helped of course that Necrobutcher seems a relatively normal dude who actually hated Euronymous for the insensitivity he displayed after Dead's death, and that Attila and Maniac were really mostly just showmen (sheep's head aside).

Interestingly enough, the friend I treated to the Mayhem show, who is bisexual, was quite drunk and ran up and hugged Hellhammer afterwards. she didn't know much about him or even who he was other than he played drums that night. I told my friend "you know he's a piece of shit, right?", and told her about his homophobia. she was like "oh..well, then he got a freebie, he'll never get one again".

I, like many, have weirdly, probably inconsistent lines I draw in the sand as to what I buy/support. I'm pretty much done with Proscriptor and his new post-Absu project after his transphobia lead him to kicking Melissa Moore out of the band.

Really, though, my main efforts are directed at driving homophobia and racism out of the scene entirely. That does include speaking with the wallet, but it also includes calling out the fanbase for toxic shit like that. I had a metal friend I cut out immediately for making transphobic comments at a bar about one of the touring members of Repulsion, and using a racial slur, and got into a heated argument after the Phil Anselmo "White power" incident with someone defending Phil and claiming it was PCness gone wild. But I have fortunately found a community of concert-going friends who are free of that shit.

it was definitely hard getting into the scene due to that. remember in my teens and early 20s being constantly abused on the internet for speaking up about any of it, especially in the heyday of, whose members actually seemed to be on every fucking message board. I remember being called "overly sensitive" as I called out someone for using a homophobic epithet in his review and basically everybody told me I needed to lighten up (granted, some were people who since have grown older and adopted much different views on the matter).

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Monday, 27 July 2020 01:09 (one week ago) link

back to the music, uhh....."Cursed in Eternity" has that really simple, evil sounding riff with the tremolo picked lead up top that almost makes me consider that one.

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Monday, 27 July 2020 01:09 (one week ago) link

Fred Moten talked about how he couldn't disavow TS Eliot, even tho Eliot was a racist, anti-Semitic asshole

I totally get that, and to me it points to the fact that the music of T.S. Eliot's poetry, to paraphrase the title of one of his essays, is not inherently racist, even as his words often were (see 'Gerontion', 'The Dry Salvages', etc.). I'm also reminded of Allen Ginsberg coming to grips with Pound's own anti-semitism, which in 1967, at the age of 82, he described to the younger poet as a 'stupid, suburban prejudice' (as though that had been the worst thing about it). Yet Pound was and will forever remain the guy who opened the field, way before Robert Duncan. To argue that the Cantos's fragmentary space of a form is inherently fascistic and thus best relegated to aesthetic oblivion would therefore be to close that field again, robbing others of its possibilities. Put differently (and this is my current mood speaking): fuck the author. (Sorry, getting a bit off-topic here.)

pomenitul, Monday, 27 July 2020 01:19 (one week ago) link

i certainly can’t listen to dissection at all anymore

I can't not listen to Dissection tbh, it's beyond my control.

pomenitul, Monday, 27 July 2020 01:20 (one week ago) link

well at least he's dead

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 27 July 2020 01:30 (one week ago) link

It definitely helps!

pomenitul, Monday, 27 July 2020 01:32 (one week ago) link

he can be warming the seat in Hell for Faust as well when he dies

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Monday, 27 July 2020 01:34 (one week ago) link

I started with Wolf's Lair Abyss, and loved it so much

― Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Monday, July 27, 2020 3:09 AM (eight hours ago)

That record is amazing, I had absolutely no hope this would be any good after the whole media circus (and a pretty crappy reunion concert in Bischofswerda) but it's right up there with De Mysteriis in my book.

"Life Eternal" for me, although the opening riff to Pagan Fears is probably the best bit on the album.

The drum fills on this record sound like overdubs. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I'm not a drummer but this is how it sounds to me

― Paul Ponzi, Sunday, July 26, 2020 12:37 PM

Yes this has been noted before, some of the fills seem to go straight through cymbals patterns. The producer Eirik Hundvin was no stranger to messing with drums, cf the sped-up drums on his Immortal albums.

Siegbran, Monday, 27 July 2020 10:22 (one week ago) link

Attila said he was freaked out by the animal heads because he's vegan. Is Hellhammer the fascist in the band or is it more of them?

Hasn't Faust pretty thoroughly regretted his crime? Gaahl said Faust was the first person to contact him and say encouraging words about coming out.

I was thinking about some of this stuff recently because I saw this young black woman squeeing about Abbath kissing her hand and celebrating lots of black metal bands and some of her friends were a bit wary of getting into the stuff for obvious reasons.

I know it's not simple re: thinking about who you support, but I think it's also a danger to let bigots have anything that is genuinely good to themselves. I think there's maybe more hope for black metal than there is for neo-folk. I remember that neo-folk blog with someone saying don't let the nazis have neo-folk, black metal and oi punk; I agree thoroughly with that, don't let them have anything. Ideally everyone would flood 4chan and post nothing but "that's racist".

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:34 (one week ago) link

Attila is a truly lovely person! I voted Freezing Moon

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 30 July 2020 23:10 (one week ago) link

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