Mayhem detail new album
2014-03-20 by Voivod STAFF | 21 Comments

Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem will release their new album Esoteric Warfare on May 23 through Season of Mist Records.

The album track list is as follows, whereas the album art can be viewed at the source link below.

1. Watcher
2. Psywar
3. Trinity
4. Pandaemon
5. Mylab
6. Six Seconds
7. Throne Of Time
8. Corpse Of Care
9. Posthuman
10. Aion Suntalia


Album bandcamp page: http://seasonofmist.bandcamp.com/album/esoteric-warfare




Source: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/mayhem-esoteric-warfare-album-details-revealed/

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Colliiiin
March 20th 2014

670 Comments


Blah blah blah something about classic Mayhem... new song was sweet, album cover is sweet, Ordo Ad Chao was sweet, new one should be sweet as well.

Digging: Mitochondrion - Archaeaeon

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16299 Comments


This should be interesting. Will either be awesome or suck.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

5985 Comments


^^Agreed, but the new song (heavily influenced by 2001-era Thorns) hints towards the first direction.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16299 Comments


Yeah Psywar was pretty cool I thought. New Mayhem isn't really my thing but I hope this changes that.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16134 Comments


I didn't really care for "Psywar" at all, and I love Ordo ad Chao. Probably the least impressive vocal performance Attila has ever given. The riffs weren't terribly interesting, either, and the production was pretty garb. Without Blasphemer, I don't really have high hopes for the album, but I'll still check it out regardless. Even though Attila and Hellhammer essentially are Mayhem at this point, they're still going to need a good songwriter to showcase their respective talents.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

5985 Comments


Yeah Attila's singing is of the typical black metal type in "Psywar", but then again, this singing style is atypical for him haha. He's never sung like this before.

As for the music, I humbly beg to differ, especially if Mayhem go all along the the 2001-era Thorns/Voivod path again.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16299 Comments


The production was abysmal on Psywar, I agree. The drums sounded like they were recorded a mile away. Hellhammer is firing double bass more or less the whole song yet you barely notice because the drums have no punch.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

5985 Comments


About the drums, I once read an interview of Dave Culross from Suffocation.

I don't remember his exact references to Suffocation discog, but I do remember him saying that whenever he used triggers, everybody was point a finger of scorn saying "Oh he used triggers, the drum sound is superficial". At Suffocation albums where the drum sound was all physical, people said then "We can't hear the drums, where are they?".

Personally, I like it all physical most of the time, even if I don't hear everything with crystal clarity.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16299 Comments


I like non-triggered drums better as well, but that doesn't mean they have to be obnoxiously quiet in the mix. If you listen to the new Morbus Chron, the drums aren't triggered yet they still have a lot of meat to them.

Spec
March 20th 2014

27102 Comments


If the new song is any indication this is gonna rule.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

16134 Comments


They sounded better on Ordo ad Chao, and everyone bitched about the production on that album. I liked it, personally, but then, I own the album on vinyl.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014

5985 Comments


Yeah I agree about the Morbus Chron album, but judging from "Psywar", the production of the new album is expected to be a much clearer, (but "muddy" altogether) version of the sludgy sound of Ordo Ad Chao.

emester
March 20th 2014

2592 Comments


May be the first mayhem i like

Digging: Demilich - Nespithe

hortanz
March 20th 2014

150 Comments


I'm excited. I really enjoyed Ordo Ad Chao back when I listened to it, I liked "Psywar" too

SputnikSweetheart
March 20th 2014

185 Comments


I'm one of those who liked Ordo ad Chao and I like how this new single sounds. I hope the other songs will be longer and more atmospheric too though. Excited to hear this.
On a (quite) unrelated note: Not a good marketing strategy to release an album like this in summer. Should've waited for fall

Makemebad35
March 20th 2014

741 Comments


Hopefully it comes with a side or murder.

PunchforPunch
March 20th 2014

6176 Comments


my 2.5 is ready

Wizard
March 21st 2014

19304 Comments


It will be entertaining but my word is this band so irrelevant these days.

Digging: Downer - Downer

hikingmetalpunk
March 21st 2014

1003 Comments


this will rape

Underflow
March 21st 2014

2531 Comments


Hopefully this isn't awful.

AdolfChrist
March 22nd 2014

1735 Comments


i liked Ordo ad Chao and Psywar, so ill probably like this.



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