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Mayhem detail new album

Monday, August 12, 2019 8:10 PM PT
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Official press release:

True Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem will release their sixth studio album, entitled Daemon on October 25th. By the power of darkness and with the might of black-hearted will no two Mayhem albums have been or will ever be the same. Over the course of Mayhem's groundbreaking 35-year career, from Deathcrush (1987) to Esoteric Warfare (2014), the Norwegians have continuously challenged the orthodoxy of the genre they helped create. Originally informed by greats Hellhammer, Venom, Bathory, and Sodom, Mayhem eventually imbued their damnable attack with influences from all over the extreme music spectrum, indicated first on the harsh and angular Wolf's Lair Abyss (1997) EP and foremost on the enterprisingly brutal and revolutionary Grand Declaration of War (2000). In 2019, Mayhem will yet again leave holy earth scorched on new album, Daemon.


Mayhem Daemon cover art


Daemon isn't a direct follow-up to Esoteric Warfare. Like all Mayhem albums of their time, Daemon is unto itself. The wolf solitary and singular. Indeed, Daemon also isn't a new chapter in Mayhem's storied career. Rather, it's a new tome, authoritative yet wild in character. Composed and decomposed by the same lineup that handled Esoteric Warfare and performed De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety over the last few years, Daemon isn't a retrofit of classic songs like "Freezing Moon," "Pagan Fears," or "Buried by Time and Dust" either. That's what the live album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive (2016), was for. Daemon is change, an opportunity for the maw of hell to open wider.

"Mayhem will always be Mayhem," says guitarist/songwriter Teloch (aka Morten Bergeton Iversen). "If we put the genre game aside a bit, no one else sounds like Mayhem. Even when 'De Mysteriis' came out, it was not at first considered to be a black metal album, if my memory serves me right. Tricky to label this band. Metal would be the most fitting; it's not pure black metal, in my opinion. Not sure it has ever been actually, despite what the general opinion is. People can call it whatever they want. If it's black metal to them, then fine. We don't really care. To me, it's important to keep some sort of black metal vibe at least."

Mayhem entered NBS Audio Studio (aka Necromorbus Studio) in Söderfors, Sweden to record drums and vocals with producer/engineer Tore Stjerna. Newly consecrated Studio A (Stjerna's Stockholm studio will continue to operate as Studio B) in an old church, Hellhammer and Csihar recorded their respective parts for Daemon. The band then had Ghul record his guitars in the Netherlands, while the bass was engineered by Teloch and performed by Necrobutcher at Lupercal Studio in Oslo, Norway. Teloch took his guitar tracking to SleikBallaMi Studio, also in Oslo. Daemon was then brought back to Stjerna for mixing and sent off to Thomas Johansson at The Panic Room for mastering. The whole affair took about three months to nail down. The result is extraordinarily intense.

Daemon track listing:

01. The Dying False King
02. Agenda Ignis
03. Bad Blood
04. Malum
05. Falsified And Hated
06. Aeon Daemoniun
07. Worthless Abomination Destroyed
08. Daemon Spawn
09. Of Worms And Ruins
10. Invoke The Oath




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