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Live In SarpsborgThe debut official release on black vinyl of Mayhem's 1990 appearance in Sarpsborg, featuring Dead, Euronymous, Necrobutcher & Hellhammer. Includes booklet with interviews & rare images.1. Deathcrush
3. Funeral Fog
4. Freezing Moon
6. Buried By Time And Dust
7. Chainsaw Gutsfuck
8. Pure Fucking Armageddon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Esoteric WarfareEsoteric Warfare is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
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. The A-side, Psywar comes with a different mastering than the album version. The B-side, From Beyond the Event Horizon is a rare track taken from the much rumoured Budapest Recording Sessions, which the band decided to scratch. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!1. Watchers
7. Throne of Time
8. Corpse of Care
10. Aion Suntelia$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Better Living'Better Living' features twelve brand new tracks including current single 'Country'/ 'Moonwalk' and their cover of Hellhammer's 'Crucifixion'.
The album marks a progression from the bands early material and takes influence from a wide range of 'heavy' guitar music with nods towards the likes of Black Sabbath, Napalm Death, Blue Cheer, Crass, Heresy, Saint Vitus, Darkthrone, Anthrax and Discharge.1. Foxtrot
10. Macabre Unit
12. Mambo$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mediolanium Capta Est (Out of Stock)Mayhem formed in Oslo, Norway, in 1984 & are infamous as one of the early Scandinavian
purveyors of black metal,made even more legendary after the well-documented murder of
original Mayhem guitarist Euronymous in 1993.
This live album was recorded at a performance at the Rainbow Club in Milan, Italy in November 1998. The line-up features original Mayhem vocalist Maniac, plus Hellhammer on drums,
Necrobutcher on bass & Blasphemer on guitar. The show also features a guest appearance
by now-current Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar on the track 'From
the Dark Past'.LP1
1. Silvester Anfang
3. Fall Of Seraphs
6. Ancient Skin
1. Freezing Moon
2. Symbols Of Bloodswords
3. From The Dark Past
4. Chainsaw Gutsfuck
5. I Am Thy Labyrinth
6. Pure Fucking Armageddon$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Live In Leipzig (25th Anniversary) (Out Of Stock)Marking 25 years since the now-legendary show, this new edition of Mayhem's 'Live in Leipzig' contains liner notes and recollections from band members Hellhammer & Necrobutcher, among others, as well as some rare images, sketches and letters surrounding the event. Also features the original iconic cover artwork from the album's first pressing in 1993.
Mayhem are one of the leaders of the black metal genre & an inspiration for many black metal bands worldwide today, having existed for 30 years, with an often dark and tragic history giving them unrivalled infamy. This classic Mayhem title includes a performance from the Leipzig show on November 26th 1990, featuring the seminal Mayhem line-up of Hellhammer, Necrobutcher, Euronymous & Dead.
This is one of very few releases to feature this line-up - vocalist Dead committed suicide the year after the show, and guitarist Euronymous was killed in 1993.
Contains live renditions of tracks from the 'Deathcrush' release (1987) such as 'Necrolust' & the title track, and 1994's landmark release, 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', with songs including 'Funeral Fog' & the ultimate black metal classic, 'The Freezing Moon'.1. Deathcrush
3. Funeral Fog
4. The Freezing Moon
6. Buried By Time And Dust
7. Pagan Fears
8. Chainsaw Gutsfuck
9. Pure Fucking Armageddon$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Eparistera Daimones (Out Of Stock)Limited Edition US Reissue Of 700 Copies
Gatefold Double LP
Pressed On White Vinyl
Created to further develop the darkness invoked by its immediate precursors, seminal black/extreme metal pioneers Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Triptykon evolved from a Celtic Frost side project initiated by Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior), the group's singer, guitarist, and main songwriter.
Both music and lyrics reveal a group immersed in themes such as history, occultism, human disintegration, religious fanaticism, and nihilism. Songs such as "Abyss Within My Soul", "A Thousand Lies", and, particularly, "The Prolonging" bear witness to wastelands of eternal night. The transcending and mergence of seemingly distinct forms of imagination, a hallmark long prominent in Celtic Frost's efforts, is naturally also abundant within Triptykon's sphere of inspiration.LP 1
2. Abyss Within My Soul
3. In Shrouds Decayed
5. A Thousand Lies
2. Myopic Empire
3. My Pain
4. The Prolonging$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Too Old Too Cold (Out of Stock)Darkthrone originally formed in the late 80's as a thrash/death metal act & progressed through a period technical death and doom metal experimentation to become legends of the black metal world & one of the leading bands of the Norwegian scene.
The 'Too Old Too Cold' EP had its original release at the dawn of 2006 and acted as a precursor to the band's triumphant Peaceville comeback album, the revelatory black and roll release, 'The Cult is Alive'. As a showcase for this sleek new incarnation of Darkthrone, and with the band firmly back in control of their sound courtesy of their new Necrohell 2 Studio set-up, 'Too Old Too Cold' showed that the band was here to stay, and lead the way. Commenting back then, Fenriz defined the shift in style as "probably something like MOTORHEAD meeting HELLHAMMER on a CRUST PUNK/ NECROTHRASH gig in '85".
Featuring one of the undeniable highlights of 'The Cult is Alive', the catchy and soaring 'Too Old Too Cold' with its razor-sharp riffs begins proceedings here, followed by the exclusive track 'High on Cold War', featuring a guest appearance by Enslaved's Grutle Kjellson on vocals. Also featured is an alternate rendition of 'Graveyard Slut' plus an unexpected yet perfectly suited cover version of Siouxsie and the Banshees' 'Love in a Void'. This edition includes the bonus track 'Bad Attitude', originally by US punk rockers, Testors.1. Too Old Too Cold
2. High On Cold War
3. Love In A Void
4. Graveyard Slut
5. Bad Attitude$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Aspera Hiems Symfonia (Out Of Stock)
• 180 Gram Blue Vinyl
• 1000 Only Limited Edition
Aspera Hiems Symfonia is the debut studio album by Norwegian avant-garde metal band Arcturus
Arcturus was one of the first Norwegian black metal bands to incorporate a large dose of symphonic keyboards to their music, leaving behind the rawness and brutality of their contemporaries at an early stage of their career (there are four re-recorded songs from 1994's Constellation EP in here). In fact, their approach to the newly-born (by that date) symphonic black metal sound is less aggressive and more melodic than the one of Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Limbonic Art and similar bands, having some similarities with atmospheric black metal instead.
The music is mostly mid-paced, with blast-beats only being present briefly on the first track. The keyboards are at the forefront of the music, using symphonic arrangements and/or atmospheric effects. The guitar work is varied enough, playing melodic lines along with the keyboard ones, sometimes being more of a rhythmic instrument, playing either mid-tempo riffs or tremolo-picked ones, and with many songs featuring neoclassical-influenced guitar leads and blistering solos (like the ones on 'To Thou Who Dwellest in the Night' or 'Fall of Man'), where the guitars have their moments to shine.
The drumming is technical and precise, and even though the rhythms are quite basic, Hellhammer spices them up with his characteristic use of cymbals and double bass (to prevent the songs from sounding plodding and slow). Garm hadn't quite developed his charismatic baritone vocal style, and for most of the time in here, he goes for full-on harsh vocals. Actually, his best harsh vocal performance ever is on this record, surpassing (by little) even the one on Ulver's Nattens Madrigal. His screams sound passionate yet spiteful and angry, like the one on 'Raudt og svart', or the THROUGH THE WOOOOOAAAAADDDSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! section of 'Wintry Grey', to name a few. Nevertheless, his clean vocals are still present, but on choral, spoken or whispered sections, and doesn't sound as strong as the ones of posterior works.
Other feature of the record that makes it different from its contemporaries is the progressive approach to songwriting, something that can be evidenced in the frequent time signature shifts and the frequent changes in the structure of the songs, as well as some unusual sounds (like the reversed vocals of 'Whence & Whither Goest the Wind') and odd, quirky (yet not blatantly carnivalesque like the ones on 'La masquerade infernale') melodies, which give it an experimental edge that would be explored with more depth in the subsequent releases of the band.
The thin production (with the airy keyboards, the razor-blade guitars, the metallic, thumping drums, and the echoey vocals) gives the record a cold feeling, and it has this sort of winternight-esque atmosphere, like being in a forest while snowing, contemplating the northern lights (yes, like the ones on the cover) and the stars. This cosmic winter atmosphere gives the music a contemplative, calm and mellow feeling.
The glorious symphonic arrangements, the soaring guitar lines, the emotional but not straightforward or standard songwriting, and the atmosphere are the things that make Aspera Hiems Symfonia so special and one of the most remarkable achievements in the realm of symphonic black metal, an album that manages to be accessible enough to draw new listeners to the genre, but at the same time is one of their most forward-thinking and intriguing works.
- greywanderer7 (The Metal Archives)LP 1
1. To Thou Who Dwellest In The Night
2. Wintry Grey
3. Whence And Whither Goest The Wind
5. The Bodkin & The Quietus
6. Du Nordavnid
7. Fall Of Man
8. NaarKulda Tar (FrostnettenesProlog)
1. The Deep Is The Skies (bonus track)
2. Cosmojam (bonus track)
3. RaudtOgSvart (taken from Constellation promo CD)
4. Icebound Streams And Vapours Grey (taken from Constellation promo CD)
5. NaarKulda Tar (taken from Constellation promo CD)
6. Du Nordavind (taken from Constellation promo CD)
7. My Angel (taken from My Angel 7 EP)
8. Morax (taken from My Angel 7 EP)$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Live In Leipzig (Out Of Stock)This classic Mayhem re-issue includes a performance from the now-legendary Leipzig show in 1990, featuring the seminal Mayhem line-up of Hellhammer, Necrobutcher, Euronymous & Dead. This is one of very few releases to feature this lineup - vocalist Dead committed suicide the year after the show, and guitarist Euronymous was murdered in 1993. Contains live renditions of tracks from the Deathcrush release (1987) such as Necrolust & the title track, and 1994s iconic album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, with songs including Funeral Fog & the ultimate black metal classic, The Freezing Moon.1. Deathcrush
3. Funeral Fog
4. The Freezing Moon
6. Buried By Time And Dust
7. Pagan Fears
8. Chainsaw Gutsfuck
9. Pure Fucking Armageddon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock