Mayhem
Live in Leipzig


4.0
excellent

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 72 replies | 12,548 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

This legendary, yet roughly produced live album is one of the cornerstones of Mayhem, featuring...
Euronymous - Guitar
Dead - Vocals
HellHammer - Drums
Necrobutcher - Bass
This album, recorded on November 26, 1990 (though released in 1993) is what is said to be the true Mayhem. Throughout the course of the show, pigs heads, and other meat were thrown into the audience as well as the band having bags with dead ravens in them so they could always smell death and decay.
As most of you know, vocalist Dead commited suicide before recording the second full length 'De Mysterii Dom Sathanas.' Soon after the recording of 'De Mysterii...' was finished, Euronymous was murdered by then bassist Varg Vikernes, leading to many issues about the bands fate...for more info visit www.thetruemayhem.com

The album starts off with DeathCrush which begins with it's slow almost doomy power chords and Dead's haunting screams after about a minute of audience cheer and sound checking. This song shifts between tremelo picking and the slower riffs very well. A good opener. The next track Necrolust picks the album a bit with some heavy riffing to start it off, before going into all out black metal mode. Intense drumming, fast music, and extremely fast vocals here. This song is pure speed all the way through. A nice, intense song.
Funeral Fog is probably the most melodic song on this album, the guitar riff here is very catchy, and even melodic. This melody is then shattered by chilling screams. This song continues to shift between catchy melodies, and evil black metal. This is one of the best mayhem songs, ever. This atmosphere leads perfectly into The Freezing Moon, one of the most recognizable Mayhem songs ever. From the intro to the solo, straight through to the end of this song it is pure evil. This is the best song on the album, and possibly one of the best black metal songs ever.
The next track Carnage opens with Dead almost taunting the audience, leading right into some typical black metal, this song has some heavy riffing but nothing special here. A solid track, nonetheless.
Buried by Time and Dust is defined by it's incredibley fast drumming, for the time this was recorded, drum beats like this one were very uncommon. This song is extremely fast. This song is almost reminiscent of a Darkthrone song in it's raw aggressiveness. This is one of the best songs on the album. The album keeps intensity with Pagan Fears which is upbeat, the opening riff is interesting, to say the least. This song blast into hyper black metal mode with some solid tremelo picking and chilling vocals. Good stuff here, at times this song can even be called catchy. Good track, solid riffs.
The next two tracks are taken to the extreme, this is what Mayhem is all about. At about this time in the concert there were pig heads and other assorted meat products scattered about the stage and floor, the people who remained at the concert would soon go onto form bands like Immortal, Darkthrone, and Emperor. This is a defining in black metal.
Chainsaw Guts*** is a slower song, defined by the vocals, Dead sounds like he is dying (ironic isn't it?) The song picks up and slows down throughout the song, but it's basically the same doomy riff for about 5 minutes.
The last track, Pure ***ing Armageddon starts with Dead tantalizing the crowd with chants of 'Join us in pure ***ing armageddon! Then the song blasts into chaos, everything is happening before returning a normal structure, this song continues to be very fast, as the title implies. I love this song, just for it's pure energy. Great song.

If you are into black metal, this album is an essential (even more so than De Mysterii Dom Sathanas in my opinion.) On that note i give this album 4/5, pure energy here, the music may not be top notch (at all really) but in this case it does not matter. Raw black metal energy, this album captures the energy of the show very well, i love it.



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Priestmetal
June 26th 2005



542 Comments


Dude... dead ravens. Thats hardcore.

ThePanicInNeedlePark
July 16th 2005



13 Comments


where were the raven bags? on there backs? they must have looked stupid with backpacks on

the2stranger
November 22nd 2005



130 Comments


only Dead had a bag with a raven on stage, and he inhaled air from the bag before each song.
he also burried his clothes in the ground for weeks, so that they looked terrible.
Dead was a bit obsessed with.....you can guess.

I haven't heard this, but Mayhem is a great band.
will buy this release sometime

Aakon_Keetreh
November 22nd 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol hes fucking weird

Killtacular
November 22nd 2005



1314 Comments


He was weird. He was a bit morbid, and quite enjoyed things associated with death. Odd one, that guy.

See my De Mysteriis review for the story of what happened to him, if you're not already aquainted.

Aakon_Keetreh
February 23rd 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol i am

Aakon_Keetreh
February 23rd 2006



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THis is a awsome cd 4.5/5

Foreskin Fondler
May 24th 2006



279 Comments


I've never heard any black metal what songs might you guys recommend

Killtacular
May 24th 2006



1314 Comments


I Am the Black Wizards, by Emperor.This Message Edited On 05.24.06

Volkanikamaster
May 13th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Mayhem - Freezing Moon
Classic song

TheStarclassicTreatment
May 15th 2007



2909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mourning Castle-Dimmu Borgir, though thats probably more symphonic doom than black metal

Deconsecrate off Mayhems 'Ordo Ab Chao'This Message Edited On 06.21.07

MoosechriS
October 17th 2010



4620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been hammering this for the last couple of days and absoloutley love it. Now i just need to get my hands on deathcrush as soon as possible

Digging: Durazis - Prayer Rehearsal

Hawks
October 17th 2010



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah you need Deathcrush.

eggsvonsatan
April 19th 2011



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Umm, why does this say released in 1997? Clearly 1993, even says so in the review.
Also, does anyone know if this is the only album featuring Dead on vocals? or is there another?

Hawks
April 19th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He's on Dawn of the Black Hearts and Out from the Dark as well.

eggsvonsatan
April 19th 2011



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Hawks.
Also, this should be the cover. http://v2.metal-archives.com/images/2/5/5/255.jpg

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2011



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this tonight for the first time in quite a while and realized how good this band would have been had Dead not shot himself. This is probably my favorite Mayhem release.

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

TBliss
August 17th 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So awesome.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2011



16125 Comments


Listened to this tonight for the first time in quite a while and realized how good this band would have been had Dead not shot himself.


Nah, Attila's a much better vocalist.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2011



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no way



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