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Mayhem

Ester Segarra

Mayhem, Inquisition, Black Anvil 

When: Mon., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $25
A few things synonymous with pioneering Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem: church burnings, suicide, murder. And that was all before their first official LP, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, saw the light of day. Though recorded between 1992 and ’93 with the lineup of founding guitarist Euronymous, Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar, maniac drummer Hellhammer, and Burzum’s Varg Vikernes on bass, the record was stalled until ’94 because of the murder trial of Vikernes, who fatally stabbed Euronymous. (And this was after former vocalist Dead committed suicide via a shotgun blast to the head, depicted in a crime-scene photo that was notoriously used as the cover of a live Mayhem bootleg.) The record’s dark mythology set the tone for black metal to follow while also musically sidestepping the usual lo-fi frenzy that defined the genre, instead favoring sweeping, dramatic, almost orchestral prog metal. Csihar is the star of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, his vocals ranging from inhuman gremlin growls to shrill shrieks to operatic beauty, and onstage he wears plenty of theatrical costumes and makeup, perhaps in tribute to Peter Gabriel’s Genesis era. The band will perform the record in its entirety on this tour with Csihar and Hellhammer firmly in place, bringing the darkness.
— Luca Cimarusti

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