MAYHEM performs ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ live in Haarlem

One last look at the stage while it is still well lit, with a prominent place for Hellhammer’s huge drumkit. The lights go down, Patronaat Haarlem fills up with smoke, a church bell rings slowly and eventually the band sets in ‘Funeral Fog’. Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM has started their full performance of their first album and masterpiece ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’, released in 1994.
The events around the conception, recording and release of the album definitely drew attention, to say the least. The suicide of singer Per Yngve “Dead” Ohlin in 1991 and the murder of guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth in 1993, the rumors about Euronymous’ actions after Dead’s suicide and the band’s alleged ties to the series of Norwegian church burnings which were credited to the black metal scene. Possibly enough to be the end for any band, but not for Mayhem.
Since those days the band has reformed in different settings around Hellhammer (drums) and founding member Necrobutcher (bass) and has since 2004 reunited with Attila Csihar (vocals), who also had been the vocalist on the album.
It was not until December 2015 that MAYHEM felt they were ready for a live performance of the entire album, but man are they ready now! What we witnessed at Patronaat end March was a brilliant performance of an album that is the absolute classic in the black metal genre, in an great athmosphere.
MAYHEM are Attila Csihar (vocals), Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud (bass), Jan Axel ‘Hellhammer’ Blomberg (drums), Morten ‘Teloch’ Iversen (guitar) and Charles ‘Ghul’ Hedger (guitar).

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