Jumat, 10 April 2009

Mayhem (band)

Mayhem is a black metal band formed in 1984[2] in Oslo, Norway. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the influential Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem's career has been highly controversial, primarily due to the suicide of vocalist Dead, murder of guitarist Euronymous, and their violent stage performances.

Over time Mayhem has evolved through a variety of black metal styles, delving at times into areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica.[3]

Live at Hole In The Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007
Live at Hole In The Sky, Bergen Metal Fest 2007
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genre(s) Black metal
Years active 1984–1993[1]
Label(s) Posercorpse Music (1987)
Deathlike Silence (1993–1994)
Misanthropy (1997)
Century Media (1994–1996)
Season of Mist/Necropolis (2000–present)
Website www.thetruemayhem.com
Attila Csihar
Former members
(see below)

[edit] Biography

Early years (1984–1987)

During 1986, Mayhem recorded their first demo, entitled Pure Fucking Armageddon

Inspired by groups such as Venom, Slayer, and Celtic Frost,[4] Mayhem was founded in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), bass guitarist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher), and drummer Kjetil Manheim (aka Manheim). The band name is taken from the Venom song, "Mayhem with Mercy."[5] This lineup recorded and released the demo Pure Fucking Armageddon. Euronymous concentrated solely on guitar following the hire of a vocalist in 1986. During 1986 and 1987, Sven Erik Kristiansen (aka Maniac) and Eirik Nordheim (aka Messiah) were recruited as vocalists. This lineup recorded the band's first album, Deathcrush, and released it through Euronymous's newly formed label Posercorpse Music.

The initial 1,000 copy release of Deathcrush quickly sold out. It was later repressed in 1993 by Posercorpse Music, which was renamed Deathlike Silence Productions as a joint venture with Euronymous's Oslo specialist record shop Helvete. Euronymous's plans for this new outlet included that it was to be "...like a black church in the future. We've thought about having total darkness inside, so that people would have to carry torches to be able to see the records."[citation needed]

By mid-1988 both Manheim and Maniac had left the band: Manheim left to find a mainstream job, and Maniac left due to depression.[citation needed]

[edit] With Dead (1988–1991)

After two brief replacements, their positions were filled by Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (aka Dead) and local drummer Jan Axel Blomberg (aka Hellhammer). According to Bård Eithun of the band Emperor:

He (Dead) wasn't a guy you could know very well. I think even the other guys in Mayhem didn't know him very well. He was hard to get close to. I met him two weeks before he died. I'd met him maybe six to eight times, all in all. He had lots of weird ideas. I remember Aarseth was talking about him and said he did not have any humor. He did, but it was very obscure. Honestly, I don't think he was enjoying living in this world.[2]

With Dead as vocalist, the band's concerts became notorious. Whilst performing, Dead would often cut himself with hunting knives and broken glass.[6] Additionally, the band often had pig or sheep heads impaled on stakes and planted at the front of their stage.[6]

At some point in 1990, the members of Mayhem moved to "an old house in the forest" near Oslo.[7] They began writing songs for their next album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. On 8 April 1991, Dead committed suicide in the house owned by the band. He was found by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun round to the head. Dead's suicide note read "Excuse all the blood" and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Instead of calling the police, Euronymous went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items.[8] One of these photographs was later stolen and used as the cover of a bootleg live album entitled Dawn of the Black Hearts.[9]

Eventually, rumors surfaced that Euronymous made a stew with pieces of Dead's brain, and made necklaces with fragments of Dead's skull. The band later stated that the former rumor was false, but the latter was true.[7] Additionally, Euronymous claimed to have given these necklaces to musicians he deemed worthy.

According to Stian Johannsen (aka Occultus), who briefly took position as vocalist after Dead's suicide:

He (Dead) didn't see himself as human; he saw himself as a creature from another world. He said he had many visions that his blood has frozen in his veins, that he was dead. That is the reason he took that name. He knew he would die.[3]

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1991–1994)

Dead's suicide affected Necrobutcher so much that he left Mayhem, thinning the band's ranks down to two. In 1993, Live in Leipzig was released as the band's tribute to Dead.

Later that year, the recording of Mayhem's upcoming album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas resumed. In Dead's and Necrobutcher's absences, Attila Csihar of Tormentor handled vocals, and Varg Vikernes of Burzum handled bass guitar. Due to adverse media and police attention, Euronymous was forced around this time to close his scene focal point record shop Helvete. Much of the album was recorded during the first half of 1993 at the Grieg Hall in Bergen. To coincide with the release of the album, Euronymous and Vikernes had conspired to blow up Nidaros Cathedral, which appears on the album cover. Euronymous' murder in August 1993 put an end to this plan and delayed the album's release.[10]

On 10 August 1993, Varg Vikernes murdered guitarist Euronymous. On that night, Vikernes and Snorre Ruch travelled from Bergen to Euronymous’s apartment in Oslo. Upon their arrival a confrontation began, which ended when Vikernes fatally stabbed Euronymous. His body was found outside the apartment with twenty-three cut wounds – two to the head, five to the neck, and sixteen to the back.[11] It has been speculated that the murder was the result of a power struggle, a financial dispute over Burzum records, or an attempt at "out doing" the stabbing in Lillehammer.[12] Vikernes claims that Euronymous had plotted to torture him to death and videotape the event – using a meeting about an unsigned contract as a pretext.[13] On the night of the murder, Vikernes claims he intended to hand Euronymous the signed contract and "tell him to fuck off", but that Euronymous attacked him first.[13] Additionally, Vikernes defends that most of Euronymous’s cut wounds were caused by broken glass he had fallen on during the struggle.[13] Regardless of the circumstances, Vikernes was arrested within days, and a few months later he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for both the murder and church arsons.[13] With only Hellhammer remaining, Mayhem effectively ceased to exist.

In May 1994, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas was released and formally dedicated to Euronymous. Its release had been delayed due to complaints filed by Euronymous' parents, who had objected to the presence of bass guitar parts played by Vikernes. Contrary to contemporary reports these were not re-recorded by Hellhammer and appear unblemished.[citation needed]

With Maniac and Blasphemer (1995–2004)

Blasphemer (left) and Maniac (right) performing live

By late 1995 Hellhammer had decided to reform the band with the help of new guitarist Rune Eriksen (aka Blasphemer) and two previous Mayhem members - Maniac and Necrobutcher. The first release of this new lineup was a 1997 EP titled Wolf's Lair Abyss, and was followed by some live European shows. One of these took place in Milan, Italy, guest starring Attila Csihar, and was recorded for the Mediolanum Capta Est live album of that year.

There has been controversy about the re-united Mayhem: some praise this re-union and are glad that the focus now rather lies on the music whereas others see this as a purely commercial product[14][15] betraying the spirit of black metal[16] or “believe that the true Mayhem are dead without Euronymous”[17] and critisize the continuation of the band without him[18], who had once said Mayhem would “never get commercial”[19] he would dissolve the band if it would enter mainstream.

In this new phase, racist statements made by Hellhammer (who spoke out against race mixing and foreigners in Norway[20]) and the use of nazi imagery such as swastika flags in the rehearsal room[21], the Totenkopf emblem[22][23] and band merchandise featuring the symbol of the military branch of Nasjonal Samling led to controversy and accusations of Neo-Nazism.

In 2000 the band's second full-length CD, Grand Declaration of War, was released. Strongly influenced by progressive and avant-garde metal, the album was concept-based, dealing with themes of war and post-apocalyptic destruction. Maniac largely abandoned the traditional black metal rasp for dramatic spoken-word monologue, with most of the songs sequencing seamlessly into one another. Reaction to the album was polarized. Some criticised the album for its avant-garde and electronic elements, which they perceived as pretentious, and for Maniac's vocals, which they perceived as inferior to Dead's and Attila's. Others saw it as a laudable attempt to recreate and redefine black metal, with critic Brian Russ of BNR Metal going so far as to call it "really the first cohesive work the band has ever done" and "a fitting culmination to their career thus far." In retrospect, the electronic elements of the album were often heavily overstated by its detractors, appearing notably in only a single track, "A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun." It should also be noted that from Wolf's Lair Abyss up to the present, Blasphemer has written all of the music for Mayhem's releases. Maniac wrote the lyrics from the reformation of the band until his departure in 2004.

In May 2003, Mayhem made headlines again when a Mayhem fan, Per Kristian Hagen, landed in the hospital with a fractured skull after being hit by a severed sheep's head that had been thrown into the audience from the stage. Assault charges were filed, but the band considered it to have been entirely accidental.[24][25][26]

In 2004, Mayhem released Chimera. It showed a return to their earlier raw and brutal style, but with considerably better production values than earlier releases. Chimera still maintained a progressive edge. In 2004, Maniac was forced out of the band, according to Necrobutcher, because of stage fright-induced alcoholism.[citation needed] Necrobutcher also stated that because of this, a violent encounter ensued between the singer and Blasphemer, during which the guitarist kicked Maniac down a flight of stairs and smashed his head facefirst twice into a wall. [4] Attila Csihar was reinstated as his replacement.

[edit] Ordo Ad Chao (2004–2008)

The band's fourth album, titled Ordo ad Chao (Latin for "Order to Chaos"), was released in April 2007. Ordo ad Chao contains a much rawer sound than the rest of the band's recent work; the drums are not equalized and the mix is notably bass-heavy (black metal typically lacks bass). The album continues the band's experiments with unorthodox song structures, with "Illuminate Eliminate," at 9:40, being the band's second longest track to date (behind Grand Declaration of War’s "Completion in Science of Agony (Part I)" at 9:44). The album received strong reviews and was the band's highest-charting album to date, peaking at #12 on the Norwegian charts. In early 2008 Ordo Ad Chao won the Spellemann (Grammy) award (the largest and oldest of Norway's music awards shows) for Best Metal Album of 2007.

In April 2008, Blasphemer decided to leave the band. He issued the following statement regarding the matter:

The main reason behind this conclusion lies in the fact that I simply don't see any future for me in the band anymore, at least not a future I'd like to participate in over the coming years. I've been playing my part in the band now for more than 13 years already, having composed, produced and released several albums with great vision, dedication and craftsmanship, to arrive at this crossroad of opposites. Sooner or later, all things comes to an end, and in my case, this circle is complete.[27]

Blasphemer played European festival dates with the band through the summer months of 2008, playing his last gig with the group in August. This marked the departure of the musician credited with the bulk of the musical composition of the band's three most recent studio albums.

After Blasphemer's departure (2008–present)

Statements of touring plans for late 2008/early 2009 were announced on the band's web page a few weeks after their final dates with Blasphemer, prior to any word on new members. In October 2008, it was announced that a musician named Morfeus (Dimension F3H/Limbonic Art) had "joined forces" with Mayhem as guitarist for their upcoming South America Fucking Armageddon tour, replacing Blasphemer.

The band toured through late 2008 and 2009 with this lineup, prior to announcing Summer 2009 dates with a French metal musician calling himself Silmaeth on second guitar. Both Morfeus and Silmaeth are presently considered touring (as opposed to full-time) members.

[edit] Members

Role Year
1986–1988 1988–1991 1992–1993 1995–2004 2004–2008
Vocals Maniac Dead Attila Csihar Maniac Attila Csihar
Guitar Euronymous Blasphemer
Bass Necrobutcher Grishnackh Necrobutcher
Drums Manheim Hellhammer
  • Note: Mayhem was inactive during 1994.


  • Necrobutcher – bass guitar (1984–1991, 1995–present)
  • Hellhammer – drums (1988–1993, 1995–present)
  • Attila Csihar – vocals (1993, 2004–present)
  • Morfeus – guitars (2008–present)
  • Silmaeth – guitars (2009-present)


  • Messiah – vocals (briefly in 1986)
  • Manheim – drums (1984–1988)
  • Torben Grue – drums (briefly in 1988)
  • Kittil Kittilsen – vocals (briefly in 1988)
  • Dead – vocals (1988–1991) (deceased)
  • Occultus – vocals, bass guitar (briefly in 1991)
  • Count Grishnackh – bass guitar (1992–1993)
  • Blackthorn – guitars (1992–1993)
  • Euronymous – guitars (1984–1993), vocals (1984-1986) (deceased)
  • Nordgaren – guitars (1997–1998)
  • Maniac – vocals (1986–1988, 1995–2004)
  • Blasphemer – guitars (1995–2008)


Studio albums

Live albums

Demos and singles

  • 1986: Pure Fucking Armageddon
  • 1987: Deathrehearsal
  • 1996: Freezing Moon/Carnage (recorded in 1990)
  • 1997: Ancient Skin/Necrolust
  • 2009: Life Eternal (demo versions of songs from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas)

Compilation albums

  • 2001: European Legions and U.S. Legions (live songs and outtakes from Grand Declaration of War)
  • 2002: The Studio Experience (contains all previous albums)
  • 2003: Legions of War (contains Grand Declaration of War and European Legions)


  • 1998: Live In Bischofswerda
  • 2001: European Legions: Live In Marseille 2000
  • 2002: Mayhem - Cult of Aggression (Norweigan/Swedish documentary by Stefan Rydehed)
  • 2005: Appearance in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
  • 2005: Appearance in BBC One World episode Death Metal Murders
  • 2008: Pure Fucking Mayhem (English documentary by Stefan Rydehed)

Behemoth (my favourite band)

Behemoth (Pronunciation-Behemoth.ogg pronunciation ) is a Polish blackened death metal[1] band. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground[citation needed], alongside bands such as Vader, Decapitated, Vesania and Hate.

Behemoth circa 2004 – Orion, Nergal, and Inferno
Behemoth circa 2004 – Orion, Nergal, and Inferno
Background information
Origin Gdańsk, Poland
Genre(s) Blackened death metal
Black metal (early)
Years active 1991–present
Label(s) Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, Wild Rags, Pagan, Avantgarde Music, Regain, Century Media
Website www.behemoth.pl
Adam Darski
Tomasz Wróblewski
Zbigniew Robert Promiński
Patryk Dominik Sztyber
Former members
(see below)

Until the late 1990s, the band played traditional black metal with heathen lyrical content, but soon changed to that of occult and thelemic themes written by their lead vocalist Nergal and Krzysztof Azarewicz. With the 1999 release of Satanica, the band showed their presence in the blackened death metal scene, while retaining their own signature style characterized by the drum work of Inferno, multi-layered vocals and Nile-style Middle-Eastern influences. Even though Behemoth has been labeled as death metal, black metal or thrash influenced, Nergal has mentioned that he doesn't like the band to be labeled[2].



[edit] History

Behemoth was formed in 1991 as a trio, starting with raw and primitive black metal rehearsal tapes (Endless Damnation) and demos (The Return of the Northern Moon), the most significant of which was the second one—...From the Pagan Vastlands (1993)—showing the growing potential of the then teenage Nergal.[citation needed] Tomasz Wróblewski likes to announce that his metal influences sprung from Black Sabbath for giving him his ideas of "demonic" chords.

This tape was released by Polish label Pagan Records and later on by the American Wild Rags. Signing with a little-known black metal bands from mid-eastern Europe with enormous potential. Consequently, stepping forward, the band (as the three piece with Nergal, Baal, and Les) recorded their second album Grom.

Grom has been the most discussed release thus far, due to its many different influences and musical styles, using female vocals as well as acoustic guitars and synthesizers. At the same time, Behemoth finally got a chance to play live shows in its native country and finally tour around Europe, gaining stage experience as well as positive feedback from the audience. Two years later, the band recorded a third album, titled Pandemonic Incantations which was a "breakthrough moment" in Behemoth's short career. The reactions of their ever-increasing fanbase and metal media set a new standard for them.[citation needed] However, due to a lack of promotion, the album was not well-publicized. After another extensive tour, Behemoth signed a two-album deal with Italy's Avantgarde Music in the fall of 1998. The first result of this new collaboration was the successful[citation needed] album Satanica, on which the black metal sound had evolved into blackened death metal.

The label also secured two European tours for the band in support of Deicide and Satyricon respectively. During that period, Behemoth had to go through some line-up changes and problems with their ex-Polish label. The new members then were Novy (formerly known from Devilyn, now in Vader, Dies Irae) who handled the bass duties and Havok who became the band's guitarist. The new line-up resulted in Behemoth signing with Mystic, a Polish label. The next follow-up release to Satanica was Thelema.6. Massive guitar parts and precise drumming, with influences from different sources, showed that Behemoth were there to offer something really varied and innovative once again[citation needed], complete with characteristic fierce brutality and speed. Arrangements and technical invention on individual compositions made the album an ultimate one[citation needed] for the blackened death metal genre.

Thelema.6 has been supported by the worldwide press and media[citation needed], including having their album being officially released in Russia and Brazil for the first time. Continuing the support for Thelema.6, Behemoth appeared in several prestigious live events like Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Inferno Metal Festival, Mystic Festival, and Mind Over Matter Autumn. They started first headlining tour alongside with Carpathian Forest and Khold, followed by festival tour in Poland (Thrash em All Fest. with Vader and Krisiun, among others).

In 2001, Behemoth focused on writing new material for a sixth studio album. Meantime, they completed their second headlining tour in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Having completed the recording of their new songs, Behemoth entered Hendrix Studio for the second time, with help of their friend and sound engineer Arkadiusz Malczewski, and produced Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond). The result was impressive and overwhelming for their detractors who thought that the band couldn't reach newer heights following Thelema.6.[citation needed]

Behemoth live in 2007

In February 2003, the band started their first tour in Norway, playing in cities such as Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger. On March 11, 2003, the American premiere, scheduled by Century Media Records, headlined Behemoth's first appearance in the US continent. The tour started on the 9th of March at the New Jersey's Metalfest and continued with a decent amount[citation needed] of shows across America and Canada, with the company of Deicide, Revenge, Vehemence and Amon Amarth. Shortly after doing their first US tour the band was invited to join the Blackest of the Black Tour by Glenn Danzig. The already legendary festival included acts like Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Nile, and Opeth. In the fall of 2003, Behemoth flew over to US to complete their third tour with Six Feet Under, Skinless and Black Dahlia Murder. The band did their Finnish debut appearance on the famous Tuska Festival with Ministry, Soulfly, among others. At that time, due to some line up difficulties, Nergal parted his ways with Havok and Novy, who decided to focus on activities with their own bands. Eventually, the band resumed touring in the UK and Europe.

In 2004, their seventh studio album, Demigod was released to good critical response. Recorded at the Hendrix Studios, the album debuted at number 15 on the national Polish album charts. Music videos for the songs "Conquer All" and "Slaves Shall Serve" were also shot. In fall 2005 the band headlined the Demigod supremacy Canadian tour 2005 with Necronomicon

In 2007, the band toured Europe alongside Napalm Death, Moonspell and Dew-Scented. Behemoth released their eighth studio album The Apostasy in July of that year. It was recorded at Radio Gdańsk studio in December, 2006. Shortly after the release of The Apostasy, the band was featured as one of Ozzfest 2007's second stage headliners, one of the four non-US bands playing that year.[3] In October/November 2007, they played their first US headlining tour alongside Job For A Cowboy, Gojira, and Beneath The Massacre.[4] In October/November 2007 the band toured Europe alongside Canadian death metal combo Kataklysm and Belgium's Aborted.

Live at Hole In The Sky 2008

In February 2008 Behemoth toured Europe headlining over Suicide Silence. In April/May 2008 the band toured North America as part of "The Invaluable Darkness" tour with Keep of Kalessin and headliner Dimmu Borgir. Behemoth spent the summer playing a number of prominent festivals all over Europe.

In October 2008, Behemoth released their first live album, At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy. Also, an EP called Ezkaton was released featuring a re-recorded version of Chant for Eschaton 2000, one new song, two covers, and three live songs. The EP has been released in North America on November 11.

In July and August of 2009 Behemoth will be participating in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival alongside Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, All That Remains, Job For a Cowboy and more. In March 2009, the band suggested that the new album, due in the summer, would be produced by British producer Colin Richardson.[5]

[edit] Controversy

Behemoth may at some point become banned from playing in their native country, Poland. In July 2007 the All-Polish Committee for Defense Against Sects distributed a list of bands that allegedly promote Satanism and murder to many Polish officials. Critics of this policy primarily see this as a violation of free speech, with the most scathing criticism generally eminating from within the metal community. As of present, the list has not gone into effect, and Behemoth is still allowed to play in Poland freely, but the band provoked further controversy in February 2008 when an official complaint had been registered by the committee, which cited a bible-tearing incident on behalf of frontman Nergal at a concert in September 2007.[6][7]

[edit] Band members

[edit] Current members

[edit] Former members


  • Leszek "L.Kaos" Dziegielewski (1995-1996, 1998-1999)
  • Adam "Desecrator" Malinowski (1991-1992)
  • Mateusz "Havoc" Smierzchalski (2000-2004)


  • Rafał "Frost / Browar" Brauer (1992-1993)
  • Mefisto (1997-1998)
  • Orcus (1993)
  • Marcin "Novy" Nowak (2000-2003)


  • Adam "Baal" Ravenlock (1991-1997)

Session Keyboard

  • Piotr Weltrowski
  • Maciej Niedzielski

[edit] Guests

[edit] Discography

Studio albums
Live albums
Box set

Selasa, 07 April 2009

1st Project has Steped so Far

Yesterday, i had finished my 1st song's aransemen. Since 3 weeks ago, i got hard day in song procces. I got to work hardly for my first song which spend my stamina and mind. I'm very happy of it. The sound of my song heared like some Dimmu Borgir's own, but in other part, Behemoth keeping control. Next job is make a lyric and giving a title for it. It's not easy, but i dont want to surrender, im keep survive. Sometimes i think, i'll not get done. But after i tried, i can did it. After im finishing my song, i'll upload it in youtube.com and myspace.com. So, everyone can get it free. I want everybody know about me." Who i am, Where i am, and many more "
i hope everybody get interest for me. Wish me Luck
cheers and regrad from Morgoth

enjoy your life,follow ur true way
keep on metal

Sabtu, 04 April 2009

First Song Aransemen Part. I

Yesterday, i had finished my opening first song. I'm not yet give the title for it. Dark symphony style has still dominant. With powerfull distortion and some melodic string. At procces of it, i'm hear much song for my preference. Such as, Qonquer all, As above as below, Demigod, Anticristian Phenomenon (Behemoth), In sorte diaboli, Absolute Sole Rite(Dimmu Borgir).
To be continued

Morgoth Heathendoom Begin

Born in the world,that full of fuckin lie. Humans is the art ov God, whose got an perfectly created. But sometime they can change as ugly as animal. Forgot ov everything whom God gave. Lost the light, following their egosentrism. Many people made ego to be their god. Worshiping for the hedonism. Morgoth Heathendoom is just a name ov black metal musician. Yeah,its me. I'm build a solo project ov black metal music. With Influence from Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Mayhem, Marduk, Dark Funeral, and many more. But, i'm not a satanist. I believe in god,my only god, not the other. But, satan has importent for me. He give inspiration for me. Beside it, Behemoth's main man, Nergal, also has been my inspirition. But i didnt make a lyric theme like him. Because i can't and dont have much knowledge about lyric theme ov Behemoth. My first favourite person, is my prophet, Mohammed. I call him MOGSAW( messanger ov god solallahu a'laihi wassallam )
So, i take the holy qur'an for my song. Morgoth Heathendoom begin now, don't miss it.