Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas


5.0
classic

Review

by pilumneer USER (6 Reviews)
July 1st, 2007 | 47 replies | 4,758 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The other reviews simply don't do this album justice.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

This album is most known for the events surrounding it's release. Mostly everyone is familiar with the story already, not going to write about it. But judging by those who created this and all that happened, it is surprising this was even finished and released. With all considered, this is truly a landmark in black metal and extreme metal in general. The album is almost perfect in my opinion, and is a remarkable improvement from the material on Deathcrush.

This album can be best described as cold black metal with hints of death metal (Those, mainly being on vocals in certain parts). After Dead's suicide in 1991, Hungarian black metal vocalist Attila Csihar from Tormentor was invited to do vocals. Dead, for me, was the best vocalist for the band. I am still happy with Attilas' performance here. Despite his Hungarian accent that is sometimes noticeable, Attila is a great vocalist. Unlike most black metal vocalists, he incorporates much in his vocals. He growls, drones, grunts, screams, and even chants. His vocals are very interesting and are not of one single pitch or style like most black metal vocalists. His vocals adds a lot to the music, Although this album would be even more amazing if Dead was alive for its recording.

The actual music is excellent. Euronymous puts on a great performance on guitar. As I've said, he was always able to create simple, yet catchy, hypnotic riffs. The songs all vary in tempo, and all tend to be very atmospheric. In many of the songs, there are extended periods without any vocals, which works in their favor here. Freezing Moon is a slow, heavy track, while, Pagan Fears is fast paced and vicious. The drumming here is also superior, Hellhammer showcases a lot of talent. His best performance being on the tracks Buried By Time And Dust and Freezing Moon in my opinion. Varg Vikernes does good on bass as well, although it seems to be lowered, I'd still prefer him to Necrobutcher as a musician anytime. The entire line up here was very talented and all seemed to work very well together. Just about every song on here is a highlight, although the best in my opinion would be Freezing Moon, Pagan Fears, Life Eternal, and the title track. The title track is especially a highlight, being the most epic, enhanced with Attila chanting in certain parts. I would say this is the best track on the entire album. The production is much better then on previous releases yet still retains the primitive, cold atmosphere intended.

As opposed to Deathcrush, I really enjoy the lyrics on this album as well. All written by Dead before his death, are very cryptic and dark. They mainly focus on depression, death, ancient times, and the occult. Very few bands can compare in this department. The lyrics are just perfect and fit the music very well. A great example of lyrics can be found on the song Life Eternal, "I am a mortal, but am I human? How beautiful life is now when my time has come A human destiny, but nothing human inside What will be left of me when I'm dead?"

Overall, this is easily Mayhem's greatest work and it's just too unfortunate that such a line up that was present on here will never get the chance to work together again. It was very original for the time it was being produced, and influenced countless bands in black metal and metal in general. It was unique from anything released prior and still stands out in quality when compared to most that was released after. I would reccommend this to any fan of black metal, although any real fan has already heard it most likely. No one's black metal collection is complete withou



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pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah thats right, take that rating 3 review.

Nostalgia
July 1st 2007



64 Comments


Good review, average album. Definitely not Mayhem's best.This Message Edited On 07.01.07

pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh poo

Nostalgia
July 1st 2007



64 Comments


Check my edit, haha.

pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh i see, thanks, what do you think is their best?

Cravinov13
July 1st 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think musically it is but the vocals are horrid as always.

pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Attila rules though. Dead will always be their best though.

Cravinov13
July 1st 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dead was good, Attila is not.

Nostalgia
July 1st 2007



64 Comments


Dead's my favorite vocalist by far, so their Out From the Dark rehearsal is my favorite... by far. I'll hook you up with a link if you haven't heard it.

pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have not heard that, you should hook me up for sure.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is really good, my favorite Mayhem album.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

rattlehead42147
July 1st 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

out from the dark is great so far, though i really think attila is not so bad on here. the review is good. this is a classic black metal album but in no way a 5. ABITNS by darkthrone or DMT from satyricon are examples of much better BM releases.This Message Edited On 07.01.07

pilumneer
July 1st 2007



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like Darkthrone a lot, but have not hear Satyricon.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2007



16310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Satyricon is a great band, I like them a lot better than Mayhem. Check out Dark Medieval Times by them, its fantastic.

Cravinov13
July 1st 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Satyricon are good but they suffer from the 'mainstream success' that taints black metal's 'trueness'. Still not bad. I still prefer my Deathspell Omega or Nokturnal Mortum to any other black metal band.

rattlehead42147
July 1st 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crysis speaks the truth. yes new satyricon i consider "black n roll" and i hate it but i love the first 3-4 albums which were true unadulterated black metal.

Wizard
July 1st 2007



19333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A solid review on this fine album!

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TheHamburgerman
July 2nd 2007



1286 Comments


Change the summary, then I'll vote

Altmer
July 2nd 2007



5652 Comments


good review but I do not like Mayhem

Abaddon2005
July 2nd 2007



684 Comments


I saw these guys in an interview stating they were ''the best metal band in the world'' ugh. I don't even want to check out their music after that.



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