Mayhem have shared a new clip from the studio, which contains a snippet of a new song. You can check that out below. The band’s new album will be released through Century Media on October 25.
Mayhem have signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band are planning to release their new album through the label on October 25.
The group commented:
“Once again Mayhem is writing a new chapter in its 35 year history. We are excited to now have joined forces with Century Media and are eager to see what this partnership can do for us both in the future.”
In other news, Mayhem have also announced a European tour with Gaahls Wyrd and GosT:
10/31 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
11/01 Leiden, NET – Gebr De Nobel
11/05 Paris, FRA – La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
11/06 Rennes, FRA – L’etage
11/07 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
11/10 Lyon, FRA – CCO
11/12 Milano, ITA – Magazzini Generali
11/14 Vienna, AUT – Szene
11/15 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/16 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/17 Lille, FRA – Tyrant Fest
11/19 Kassel, GER – Musik Theater 130BPM
11/21 Mannheim, GER – MS Connextion Complex
11/22 Antwerpen, BEL – Trix
11/23 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinehalle
11/24 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/26 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
11/27 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
11/29 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Klubben
11/30 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
Mayhem have shared footage of their full “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” set from the 2015 Black Christmass Festival in Sweden. You can check that out below. In other news, the band have also confirmed that a new album is in the works.
A piece of late Mayhem vocalist Per “Dead” Ohlin’s skull recently went up for sale via Serial Killers Ink, along with a letter that late Mayhem founder Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth sent to manager and label rep Tamas Vamosi five days after Dead’s suicide. Euronymous infamously photographed Dead’s body and collected fragments of his skull after finding him. He then sent the skull pieces to people he considered to be “true.” The letter ends with the oddly causal statement: “OK! That should be all. I’m enclosing a little piece from Dead’s cranium in case you’d like to have it. Hear from you soon!” The morbid collectible was available for $3,500, but has since gone out of stock, so it appears someone was crazy enough to buy it.
Mayhem will be reissuing “Grand Declaration Of War” on December 7 via Season Of Mist. The effort has been remixed and remastered by Jamie Gomez Arellano (Primordial, Cathedral) under the supervision of Hellhammer and Blasphemer and it will feature new artwork by Glyn Smyth. Pre-orders can be found HERE in the following formats: vinyl, CD, cassette, and limited edition “A Season In Blasphemy” box set (limited to 1000).
The box set will include all of the following in a leather box:
– the original recording of ‘Grand Declaration of War’ on black heavy weight 12” vinyl in gatefold +
– the completely remixed and remastered recording of ‘Grand Declaration of War’ on black heavy weight 12” vinyl in gatefold +
-‘Chimera’ on black heavy weight 12” vinyl in gatefold +
-‘Ordo Ad Chao’ on black heavy weight 12” vinyl in gatefold +
-‘Wolf’s Lair Abyss’ on black 10″ vinyl in jacket +
-‘Ante Bellum’ (5 pre-production tracks from ‘Grand Declaration of War’) on black 10″ vinyl in jacket +
-‘Chaos Reborn’ (5 bonus tracks: “Ancient Skin”, “Necrolust”, “Visual Aggression”, “Anno Vampyr”, “Pagan Fears”) on black 10″ vinyl in jacket +
-‘Live in Marseille’ on DVD in carton wallet +
-32 page booklet size 30cm x 30 cm incl. liner notes, handwritten lyrics and rare pictures + hand-numbered art print on creative black paper w/ silver seal + back patch with MAYHEM logo.
Arellano said the following about remixing and remastering the album:
“It was a challenging remix to do, starting with the now obsolete format it was recorded in (ADAT). When we got the tapes, they were sent to a transfer specialist here in the UK and they were in an incubator for a couple of days to ensure they weren’t destroyed when played back on the ADAT deck (tape doesn’t age well if not stored correctly).
Although the overall recording of GDoW was done to a very high standard, the main two things that bugged me was the drum sound and the overall crispiness/digital thin-sound of it (ADAT’s don’t sound very good IMO). The biggest challenge (you guessed it) was the drums.
Hellhammer recorded on an early Roland Vdrum kit with real cymbals. Back then those clicky, super compressed drum sounds were cool, but I think most of us agree these days that it’s an unnatural sound and the samples themselves weren’t that good. I had to split each tom hit into a separate track, which was very time consuming.
I literally had to go pretty much though every drum hit to make sure the new samples were triggering correctly and believe me, there are A LOT of drum hits on this album. My goal was to make it sound more like a real kit. After much work and refining, Hellhammer came to visit me at my studio for a few days where we went through every drum track to ensure it was accurate to his performance.
The bass guitar pretty much didn’t exist. After bringing it it forward and beefing it up, I was surprised to hear some very cool bass lines that I’ve never noticed before. The recorded guitar sounds were killer actually, they were just a little thin and crispy so I gave them more “body” and a bit more “warmth” without hindering Rune’s quantum precision.
Maniac didn’t want any changes to his voice and I totally respect that. I painstakingly compared the original album vocal effects and levels to preserve it as close as I could. I ended up mastering the album to analogue tape to get a bit more warmth, depth and bottom end. I hope you all enjoy the new mix of this legendary album!”
A new limited edition deluxe Mayhem set called “Cursed In Eternity” will be made available on November 16 via Peaceville. The release, which covers the Dead era of the band, will come with six picture disc LPs, a seven inch single, a 92-page book, posters, and a DVD featuring the never-before-seen Jessheim and Sarpsborg live shows, along with the Henhouse rehearsals. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
The picture discs will include the group’s 1990 live dates in Norway, their short German tour and the “Out from the Dark” and “Henhouse” rehearsal sessions. The seven inch will feature “Freezing Moon” and “Carnage,” which were originally recorded for the CBR compilation “Projections of a Stained Mind.” The book will contain various stories from members of the band and others from the scene. It will also include letters and previously unseen photographs.
Here’s a list of contents:
– 92-Page Perfect Bound Book
– LP 1 – Henhouse Rehearsals
– LP 2 – Out From The Dark
– LP 3 – Live In Jessheim
– LP 4 – Live In Sarpsborg
– LP 5 – Live In Zeitz
– LP 6 – Live In Leipzig
– 7” – Freezing Moon / Carnage (Studio)
* Live In Jessheim
* Live In Sarpsborg
* Henhouse Rehearsals
– 4 Posters
Necrobutcher and Hellhammer commented: “We are glad to be able to honor the Euronymous and Dead era in this comprehensive box set that Peaceville and Finn Håkon Rødland put together for the band.”
Mayhem have announced some “Demon Anthology” shows around their appearance at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest. These dates will feature extended sets composed of the band’s “greatest songs from all their albums.” Incantation and Cloak will serve as support.
03/29 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
03/30 Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar and Music Hall
03/31 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
04/01 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (Decibel Metal and Beer Fest) (no Incantation and Cloak)