Mayhem
Dawn of the Blackhearts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Steven Moore USER (24 Reviews)
February 6th, 2007 | 181 replies | 27,559 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most infamous bootleged performances in history end up an enjoyable live performance for the first 8 songs. Sadly the last 4 dont offer as much.

I am sure many of you know the story of Mayhems Dawn of the Blackhearts. For those of you who do not know I will recap. Mayhem vocalist Dead committed suicide, after doing so they put a depiction of the scene of his death on this album cover. Whatever the reason is for doing so, the album cover certainly has made it famous and raised all kinds of controversy for Mayhem. Original the performance was released as an LP and only 300 copies at the time were. Later in time it was re-released, although still very hard to find.

Dawn of the Blackhearts was made when Mayhem had its most well known and legendary line up. With the deceased vocalist Dead and the extremely skilled Hellhammer on drums the band was at their prime. After releasing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas the band had acquired a large fan base. Throughout the performance just by listening you can tell the crowd is really getting into it. After all the atmosphere this album provides is unlike any I have ever heard. The poor production quality seems to fit in with the dark music making everything sound very dark and evil.

Performance wise Mayhem does not disappoint. Dead’s brutal vocals sound even more raw and brutal then they ever did in past performances. Hellhammer’s drumming is also extremely impressive, despite being a bit overdone due to the poor production quality. The set list for this show is also extremely good. There are many Mayhem classics such as “Freezing Moon”, “Funeral Fog” and “Pure ***ing Armageddon”. All these songs are performed very well despite the very bad production quality.

Like I said before, the performers play very well together. Dead’s vocals fit together very well with guitarist Euronymus and the rest of the band. Many of the songs played were taken from earlier released EP’s and demos from the band. Despite these songs not being as well known most of them are still very decent tracks. One thing I found on Dawn of the Blackhearts was the bass was not very audible. Not including a few parts on this album like “Freezing Moon” Necrobutcher’s bass playing is hard to decipher.

Unlike the first 8 tracks on Dawn of the Blackhearts the last 4 are all cover songs played in a completely separate performance. Unfortunately these cover songs have even worse production quality then the first 8. The final songs include 2 Venom covers and 2 Celtic Frost covers. Songs are very inaudible at times only hearing the vocalist who has not yet utilized the famous rasp in his voice. These songs I don’t like to look at as part of the album due to them being completely separate performances and the shear low quality of them.

Dawn of the Blackhearts is an album that will most likely be enjoyed only by hardcore black metal heads. There is nothing really accessible about this performance; the production is bad, the music is very raw and heavy, and the music never really lightens up. If you really wish to add this to your collection of black metal I say go ahead but be forewarned that this will cost you a lot of money when you find it, and finding it will also be a very hard task. On the other hand if you are not about owning this for collecting you can download it like I did and enjoy the great atmospheric music Dawn of the Blackhearts puts out.

What I liked about this album
+The music is enjoyable especially if you are a black metal head.
+Atmospherically this album is amazing, the fact that your listening to two dead people in the band even adds more to the ambiance.
+The set list is very good in the first 8 songs, including some great Mayhem classics.
+The band members play very well together and are all very talented live.

What I did not like about this album
-The Production in the last 4 tracks is so bad it makes the music nearly impossible to enjoy.
-There aren’t very many accessible features, if you are not a true black metal fan you will probably not enjoy this.
-The album is not very long and is only about 36 minutes of the good performance.

Final Rating 4.2/5



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Angmar
February 6th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah some of you may notice this is the same review that was deleted, but this is rightfully my review so please enjoy it and if you were in on that whole scam ide just rather you stay out of this.

JumpTheF**kUp
February 6th 2007


2710 Comments


You should probably change liver to live-r, otherwise it's an organ required for bodily function. Or you could just get rid of it seeing as it is a retarded word tbh. No offence, but there are far better ways of wording that.
Or maybe it's just a typo, seeing as it doesn't make sense at all even with the colon.
I'll read / rate the rest tomorrow morning, sorry man.
This doesn't sound to my tastes, especially with tracks with names like chainsaw gutsfuck.

Bron-Yr-Aur
February 6th 2007


4405 Comments


Decent work. You say everything that needs to be said, and in a thought out and coherent manner. However, the writing wasn't as fluid or concise as it could have been.


Just dandy.

Angmar
February 6th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback, I would edit it but sadly my computer/internet is being retarded and doesnt want to open the edit page so ignore the word liver in the summary heh.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2007


16088 Comments


Probably your best review. Too bad Mayhem kind of suck.

TheHamburgerman
February 6th 2007


1289 Comments


Liver lol. Decent review, but I don't really like Mayhem. Their vocalist is ugh

Angmar
February 6th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=burgerboy]Their vocalist is ugh[/quote]He is not the best vocalist thats for sure but i dont mind him. Thanks for the feedback everyone i fixed the liver thing

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2007


17920 Comments


lol

Tyler
Emeritus
February 6th 2007


7926 Comments


I'm so confused. Didn't someone else post this earlier? Huh? What did I miss?

Angmar
February 6th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ill explain again, I gave this to chan on AIM to proofread it because he is good with grammar and stuff. So he gave it to eliminators alt. and the he posted it. So bassically chan and eliminator got a bunch of people in on it and thought it was funny. Then a mod deleted it and now i have reposted my rightful review.

Intransit
February 6th 2007


2797 Comments


Dude why did you have to plagiarize Nostradamus' review? Thats not cool around these parts.

Nice work though.

TheHamburgerman
February 6th 2007


1289 Comments


Nostradamus?

TojesDolan
February 6th 2007


271 Comments


The only Mayhem I know is "Mysteriis..." and I like it. I'll check this out if I have the resources.

Angmar
February 6th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=cayoneer]Dude why did you have to plagiarize Nostradamus' review? Thats not cool around these parts.



Nice work though.[/quote]Yeah haha very funny.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2007


16376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually I believe the album cover is a real picture of Dead after he killed himself, taken by Euronymous after he found him.

Anyway, this is a fairly good CD, the vocals really aren't to my liking but its still a good listen, although the sound quality really is bad, but that's what I expected.This Message Edited On 02.24.07

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

LifeInABox
March 29th 2007


3708 Comments


...This Message Edited On 10.06.07

rattlehead42147
May 21st 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how can i find this album? anyone willing to upload is a friend indeed This Message Edited On 05.21.07

Angmar
June 3rd 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you give me your email, i can send a link to you, or just rep it, whatever you want.

rattlehead42147
June 3rd 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wait, nevermind i got this on search.blogger.com
thanks though great review

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2007


16376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really, really, really want a real copy of this album, not a downloaded one.



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