MAYHEM — De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (review)

MAYHEM — De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive album cover Live album · 2016 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Kev Rowland


There is no doubt that ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ is one of the most important black metal albums ever released, and was awarded the #40 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time, where it stated “…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 pummelling drums of Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg).”

Captured 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, and luckily even if we weren’t there we can now share the experience. It was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tore Stjerna and NBS Audio and produced by vocalist Attila Csihar and guitarist Teloch. I was lucky enough to catch Mayhem at their first ever NZ gig a few years ago, and Attila has lost none of his power to shock and control an audience, and that is very much in evidence here. The album has not been over-produced, so it is still full of the raw and bleak sound that has made them so many fans. Available in digital and streaming formats as well as vinyl, this is a truly essential release for any fans of the genre.
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Vim Fuego wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I wasn't overly impressed with this.
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I´ve seen Mayhem twice, an they were awful both times. Not an artist I´m likely to see ever Again if I can help it. First time the lead vocalist (I´m pretty sure it was Maniac at the time) was so drugged out and drunk that he fell unconscious to the stage floor and had to be dagged off the stage by roadies,,,never to return...The second time was just noisy, loud, and untight.

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