Arson: Varg Vikernes, bass guitarist during the “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” era, was planning this. There was found over 150 kilograms of stolen dynamite in his home and he had alleged plans to destroy Nidarosdomen, a large Christian church in Trondheim, on a religious holiday.
Blomberg, Jan-Axel: Third, and most recognizable drummer for the band. Mostly known for his preference in girlie shirts, his gay curly hair, porn mustache and his absolute insistence in having played, recorded and/or toured with every Norwegian (death, black, progressive, etc) metal band that lives within earshot of the Mayhem practice space at least ONCE, preferably more if there’s money involved.
Corpsepaint: Mayhem singer Per Yngve Ohlin (Dead) probably popularized it, along with Quorthon from Bathory.
Death metal: This is what “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” really sounds like, but we’re supposed to call this black metal for some reason. I dunno. Certainly doesn’t sound like it.
Euronymous: Øystein Aarseth, innovator of the second-wave black metal riff style, along with Snorre Ruch. It involved playing full chords using all the strings of the guitar in place of power chords using only two or three strings. It is presently unclear whether he got his name from the Latin scientific denomination of the spindle tree (which is called Euonymous).
Funeral fog: Opening song to the infamous debut album “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. There also is a rough demo recording with Dead on vocals around, before he was murdered by his band mate.
Helvete: A record store owned by guitarist/songwriter Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth and Stian Johansen, supposedly the gathering place for members of the Inner Circle. The venture that led to “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” ever finding funding. According to popular myth, a dank and dark place where one could hardly see the records being sold. The location is now a Vietnamese bagel shop called Vårt Daglige Brød (translation: Our Daily Bread)
Inner Circle: No, not that Inner Circle. A loosely but inter-connected assembly of Norwegian black metal musicians, or aspiring musicians. A bunch of frustrated adolescents that grouped together to support an ideology they found interesting. Øystein Aarseth supposedly was the ringleader, and much of the brains behind the operation. Rumored, and later confirmed, to have not existed in any meaningful capacity. A rumor started by Aarseth for extra publicity.
Just follow me: Øystein Aarseth was able to convince young and promising local death metal upstarts such as Arcturus, Immortal (the main duo fresh out of the formative Amputation and Old Funeral constellations), Emperor (still Thou Shalt Suffer at that point), Darkthrone and Enslaved to switch allegiance to the burgeoning black metal genre, which was at its infancy.
Knife: Øystein Aarseth met the wrong side of one in an altercation at his home with legendary nut job Varg Vikernes, who was a client of his label. Vikernes murdered Aarseth for a number of alleged reasons, some of which make sense: over a girl, jealousy of Euronymous’s position in the Inner Circle, Euronymous owing him money, Euronymous not releasing Burzum’s albums on time.
Legend: Mayhem, the entity that has allowed these men to make an earnest living, is more famous (and thus economically viable) for their non-musical activity than the actual records they put out. Maniac (Sven Erik Kristiansen), a self-admitted alcoholic and automutilator, spent time in a mental institution after the “Deathcrush” recordings. Say no more… As always, the stories of the people behind the band are far more interesting than the music they write.
Morrisound: Famed metal recording studio compound in the Florida region, mostly due to the works of Jim and Tom Morris, plus a maintenance guy who engineered by the name of Scott Burns. Mayhem famously claimed to be “anti-Scott Burns” on its debut EP “Deathcrush”, yet opted for a production job exactly like this on the album to follow…
Necro: This band is/was the embodiment of this very thing. If you can sit through “Deathcrush” without getting a splitting headache, you are a better man than I am… Fun fact: the engineer was expecting a reggae-band when Mayhem went to record “Deathcrush”.
Original members: Necrobutcher (Jørn Stubberud) is the only original member left in the band’s current constellation. Everybody else is a Mark II member at best, or a hired gun at worst. Also, Stubberud has no meaningful involvement in any of the songwriting.
Posercorpse Music: The original name of Øystein Aarseth’s label imprint, cos nobody in the Norwegian record industry would dare to touch the band. Mostly cos of its infamous legacy of arson, murder and, well, mayhem. Later changed name into Deathlike Silence Productions, and actually released one or two albums worth hearing/seeking out.
Question: Why is this fucken stupid band still around, let alone taken seriously? Why?!
Really fucken characterless: Mayhem were around for the first wave of black metal, and they took a good chuck of the early speed/thrash metal craze when they released 1987′s “Deathcrush”. “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” conveniently came out when death metal exploded in popularity, and 1997′s “Wolf’s Lair Abyss” hit when Norsecore became popular… “Chimera” and “Ordo Ab Chao” take copious influence from the “orthodox” black metal movement. The pattern is really fucken obvious. This terrible band has no individual sound to speak of.
Songwriting: There are several eras of this band, depending on who did the songwriting: Øystein Aarseth, Snorre Ruch, Rune Eriksen and now Morten Iversen. If you ever wonder why this band never manages to sound in any way consistent, this is why.
Tangerine Dream: ‘Silvester Anfang’, the intro to “Deathcrush”, is a song composed and performed by Conrad Schnitzler, a German experimental musician. He was most famous for his association with electronic music act Tangerine Dream, and its debut “Electronic Meditation”. Blomberg visited Schnitzler in his Berlin home in the summer of 1986, his persistence eventually paid off in getting the intro.
Ugh! An expression often associated with Tom G. Warrior, one of the genre’s forefathers.
Venom: Famous forefathers of the form along with Swiss band Celtic Frost. Noisy, brash and sloppy UK proto-black/death metal combo that was inspired by Motörhead, and sung jokingly about Satanic subjects cos of the shock factor. Mayhem took its name from a song of theirs called ‘Mayhem with Mercy‘.
Wolf’s Lair Abyss: The band’s 1997 reunion EP, and the name under which Mayhem performed a number of secret gigs during the EP’s international touring campaign. Surprisingly similar in construction to the notoriously primitive 1987 demo tape “Deathcrush”, which was released a decade earlier.
eXceptionally unexceptional: If this fucken god-awful band’s members hadn’t been killed, or incarcerated for things that have jack shit to do with the actual music – we wouldn’t be talking about this heap of overrated fucken manure right now. By Odin, this band isn’t nearly as good as many very impressionable people make themselves believe. Get some perspective. Geez.
You gotta be kidding?! A reaction often uttered in disgust/dismay when people see the promo shoot that Jan-Axel Blomberg did with Covenant/The Kovenant for the “Animatronic” album. For good reason, there are Demon Burger and DeathStars photo sessions that are less fucken openly gay.
Zero integrity: Again, mister Blomberg drums with any band as long as there is a paycheck involved. Who the fuck cares about artistic integrity? Despite being all true and necro with Mayhem, this douche had no trouble recording with genre whipping boys Demon Burger. Not that it improved their god-awful Hot Topic poser metal. Just fucken saying.