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MAYHEM Reveal Name, Cover And Track List Of New Album

 

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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 storied and groundbreaking 35-year career - from “Deathcrush” (1987) through “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 music extreme 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”.

 

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 with the same lineup - Necrobutcher (bass), Hellhammer (drums), Attila (vocals), Teloch (guitars), and Ghul (guitars) - 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.

 

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Daemon” Track List:

 

The Dying False King
Agenda Ignis
Bad Blood
Malum
Falsified And Hated
Aeon Daemonium
Worthless Abomination Destroyed
Daemon Spawn
Of Worms And Ruins
Invoke The Oath

 

The pre-order for all formats will start on August 30th – detailed info on all different formats will be made available soon!

 

Certainly, the art of the album cover can be hit or miss. Not for Mayhem. The Norwegians have crafted an aesthetic that’s both harrowing and insidious. From the low contrast majesty of “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” and the blurry haunt of “Chimera” to the suggestive intensity of “Grand Declaration of War” and “Esoteric Warfare”’s retro-modern mind machine layout, the band have always been progressively inclined where it concerns image, message, and style. For “Daemon”, Mayhem enlisted Italian designer Daniele Valeriani (Lucifer’s Child, Dark Funeral) to understand, conceive, and deliver the cover art.

 

I think this album will be most pleasing for old and new fans,” says Teloch. “As most of our devoted fans know, Mayhem has never released two albums that sound the same. That’s the case this time around as well. As I said, we simplified stuff, but at the same time tried out some new stuff to keep it interesting for ourselves and, also for our fans that dig that we are doing something new on each album.

 

Soon after the release of “DaemonMayhem will embark on a EUROPEAN headline tour with special guests Gaahls WYRD and Gost. Please find the dates below:


31.10. Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje

01.11. Leiden, Netherlands - Gebr De Nobel

02.11. Leeds, UK - Damnation Festival

03.11. Dublin, Ireland - Academy

04.11. London, UK – The Electric Ballroom

05.11. Paris, France - La Machine Du Moulin Rouge

06.11. Rennes, France - L’Etage

07.11. Lyon, France - CCD

08.11. Toulouse, France – Le Metronum

09.11. Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra

10.11. Madrid, Spain - Mon Madrid

12.11. Milano, Italy - Magazzini Generali

13.11. Génova, Switzerland - PTR

14.11. Vienna, Austria - Szene

15.11. Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory

16.11. Berlin, Germany - Astra

17.11. Lille, France - Tyrant Fest

19.11. Kassel, Germany - Musik Theater 130BPM

20.11. Wetzikon, Switzerland – Hall Of Fame

21.11. Mannheim, Germany - MS Connexion Complex

22.11. Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinehalle

23.11. Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob

24.11. Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset

26.11. Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone

27.11. Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia

29.11. Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset Klubben

30.11. Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik

 

 


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