Mayhem
Live in Leipzig


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (92 Reviews)
November 30th, 2015 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If anyone knows of a better live metal album, please let me know.

Mayhem is a band that needs no introduction. If you're reading this review in the first place there's a good chance that you're pretty familiar with the band and their history. Suicide, murder, self mutilation, all of that good stuff. Euronymous was killed by Varg, Dead blew his own brains out, and the list could go on and on. With this live album, the legendary Live in Leipzig, you see the band's infamous reputation come right in front of a crowd in November of 1990 at Eiskeller Club in Germany.

The most notable thing about this album is that it's the only recording to feature Euronymous and Dead on the same album playing together, along with long running and also legendary bassist and drummer Necrobutcher and Hellhammer respectively. That fact alone gives the album a whole different feeling. As great as Atilla is, Dead just has a different aura about him. Obviously he was a very emotionally deprived kind of person that in general hated human beings. Before going on stage he would sniff a dead raven to get the "stench of death." The vocals on this album are the best of any Mayhem release for me. The pure hatred he possesses in his soul is obvious by the performance he gives here and his vocals are truly chilling at points. Production here is obviously a little muffled considering it's a live black metal album recorded in 1990, but everything is still pretty clear and easy to decipher.

Being that this was recorded so early in the band's career, they didn't really have a lot of selection when it came to the setlist. While some could see this as a setback, it's honestly the best setlist they could've picked because almost every song played is a classic in Mayhem's catalogue. So with that being said, you could probably imagine that this album is full of riffs and full of riffs it is. Euronymous was an amazing riff writer, probably the best in the early Norwegian black metal scene until he was killed. The main riffs in Funeral Fog and Freezing Moon come to mind in particular. Hellhammer, even in his early days, is on top of his game as always too, proving why he's one of the best drummers black metal has ever seen.

Honestly, everything about this album is amazing. The classic riffs from Euronymous, the terrifying vocals from Dead, and the frantic drumming by Hellhammer, and the overall atmosphere of this album make it one of the best live metal albums out there. Listening to this makes you feel like you're right in the middle of this show all the way back in late 1990 seeing Mayhem in their prime.



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Hawks
November 29th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was pretty fun to write. Been thinking this one needed a new write up so here it is. m/

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DrMaximus
November 29th 2015


12358 Comments


WHEN IT'S DARK!!

Hawks
November 29th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/ m/ m/

Ocean of Noise
November 29th 2015


9540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best band

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Hawks
November 29th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah bro.

sonictheplumber
November 29th 2015


8467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was inspired to write a mayhem review after seein them live this weekend, glad i didnt post it lol

sonictheplumber
November 29th 2015


8467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they kicked ass by the way.

Hawks
November 29th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn Sonic you lucky bastard. But yeah they still rule hard so I'm sure that was a great time. m/

Tunaboy45
November 30th 2015


15186 Comments


Fuck yeah, hawks reviewing mayhem.

Hawks
November 30th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah bro. m/

romulanrancor
November 30th 2015


7366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd



WHEN IT'S COOOOLLLLDDDDDDDD

AND WHEN IT'S DAAAARRRKKKKK

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Hawks
November 30th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Rom. m/

Wizard
November 30th 2015


20086 Comments


I hate live albums so therefore I've never given this more than a passing thought.

Damn good write-up though, so close in convincing me to give this a go.

Hawks
November 30th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I usually hate live albums too bro, but this one is amazing. Plus you're a bm fan so you should def give it a go.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2015


21727 Comments


I can think of a better live metal album

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2015


21727 Comments


Good review though!

Hawks
November 30th 2015


49178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha thanks bud, which one are you thinking?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2015


21727 Comments


Iron Maiden's Rock In Rio, Metallica's Live Shit: Binge and Purge, Children of Bodom's Tokyo Warhearts...

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2015


10412 Comments


Rock In Rio over Live After Death?

Decade of Aggression is up there as well for me.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2015


10412 Comments


Also, sweet rev Hawks. Have a pos.



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