Inspired by groups such as Venom, Slayer, Motörhead and Celtic Frost, Mayhem was founded in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), bass guitarist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher), and drummer Kjetil Manheim (aka Manheim). The band name is taken from the Venom song, “Mayhem with Mercy”. This lineup recorded and released the demo Pure Fucking Armageddon. After its release, Euronymous concentrated solely on guitar after recruiting first Eirik Nordheim (Messiah), then Sven Erik Kristiansen (aka Maniac) as vocalists in 1986. With Maniac, Mayhem recorded the band’s first EP, Deathcrush in 1986 and 1987, and released it through Euronymous’s newly formed label Posercorpse Music.
Live in Leipzig – 25th Anniversary Edition Coloured Vinyl & 2CD Sets
Marking almost 25 years to the day since the now-legendary show, and to be released on November 27th on Peaceville Records, this new 25th anniversary edition of Mayhem’s ‘Live in Leipzig’ will come on 2CD and vinyl formats, including liner notes and recollections from band members Hellhammer & Necrobutcher, among others from the scene, as well as some rare pictures and letters surrounding the event. The CD edition notably contains a bonus disc featuring the official release of the band’s performance in Zeitz, Germany as part of the same tour in November 1990. Also features the original iconic cover artwork from the album’s first pressing in 1993.
The first vinyl pressing will be limited to 1000 copies on coloured vinyl.
Mayhem are one of the leaders of the black metal genre & an inspiration for many black metal bands worldwide today, having existed for 30 years, with an often dark and tragic history giving them unrivalled infamy. This classic ‘Leipzig’ performance took place on November 26th 1990, featuring the seminal Mayhem line-up of Hellhammer, Necrobutcher, Euronymous & Dead, and contains live renditions of tracks from the ‘Deathcrush’ release (1987) and 1994’s landmark album, ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’, including the ultimate black metal classic, ‘The Freezing Moon’.