Mayhem
Grand Declaration of War


2.0
poor

Review

by pilumneer USER (6 Reviews)
June 28th, 2007 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bleh, this is annoying and weird, don't bother.

Although it may seem rather trendy to dislike this album, it is a high disappointment and doesn't measure up to the band previous work. As most know, after De Mysteriis was released, Mayhem as a band disbanded, obviously due to the murder of Euronymous, Vikernes being sentenced, and Attila's distance, Hellhammer was the only remaining member. He chose to continue the band in 1995, with past members, Maniac on vocals and Necrobutcher on bass, with a new guitarist, Blasphemer. After recording the vicious Wolf's Lair Abyss EP, this newly formed lineup seemed to be promising.

This album is very experimental, incorporating electronic and industrial elements, and other effects, along with black metal elements. Just not what you would expect from a band like Mayhem considering their past works. I think it was great that they decided to attempt at something original, I just wish they hadn't chosen this path. With Euronymous dead, Maniac seems to have taken creative direction.


Grand Declaration Of War is rather vicious at times, especially with Maniac's black metal vocals, as they are quite brutal. This, however, does not mean they are good. I have never been a fan of Maniac's vocals, mainly because they are very uninteresting and uninspired, in my opinion. Vocals aside, Blasphemer however, does seem to be a suitable replacement for Euronymous, although not as good, does a decent and respectable job. Some of the riffs in the songs Crystalized Pain in Deconstruction, In The Lies Where Upon You Lay, and View From Nihil are decent.

One thing i found rather annoying about this album was yet again the ***ing vocals. Maniac yacks his ass off in some of the songs, not including his harsh vocals HE ACTUALY TALKS, as in spoken sections. There are way too many spoken sections mixed in with his yelps, its really irritating as one might imagine to have some bloody lunatic yelling about war and then to suddenly screech randomly and out of place. A lot of this album seems to be that way, out of place. Sometimes things are too strange and its very distracting sometimes.

The drums are quite fast, and decent as well on some songs, yet at sometimes can be aggravating also. This album perhaps has the some of the best Hellhammer work on it, maybe not better than some of his previous works, but still very good. Perhaps the worst song on here is A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun, yet again more talking from Maniac, and all instruments are absent, replaced with digitalized beats instead, which is a disgrace in my opinion for such a band. Seriously, what is up with this album.

The whole album is a concept album, with lyrics about future destruction of the world, society decaying, war, and related topics. I wouldn't say the lyrics are terrible, just truly nothing new really. I assume Maniac wrote these, which is not surprising, as he is also not the most original in this department either.

I've sure fans of industrial metal would enjoy this, but for traditional fans of black metal and earlier Mayhem, this is truly not for you. What saved this review from a serious low rating was some of the musicianship, namely by Blasphemer. The whole idea of this kind of experimentation by a band such as Mayhem though was a very bad idea. I am just happy that Maniac is out of the band now, and with Attila back on vocals, the new album has turned out much better than this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pilumneer
June 28th 2007


41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Any comments?

descendents1
June 28th 2007


702 Comments


The first paragraph is like showing up at a party I wasn't invited to. Review is fine overall. Remember to capitalize your "i" when you refer to yourself.

Unreal
June 28th 2007


229 Comments


this review or album says the same about many black metal albums.

Wizard
June 28th 2007


20202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a bad review, but some lines could have been left out such as "Seriously, what is up with this album".



"One thing i found rather annoying about this album was yet again the ***ing vocals. Maniac yacks his *** off".

If you thought the vocals on this cd were horrible, check out their new cd. I can't remember the lead singers name, but he certainly made me not want to listen to Mayhem anymore.

pilumneer
June 28th 2007


41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Attilas vocals aren't that bad dude, especially compared to Maniacs.

rattlehead42147
June 28th 2007


1345 Comments


i like attila on DMDS, good review. i had no interest in checking this out, i only like the first 2 albums.This Message Edited On 06.28.07

Wizard
June 28th 2007


20202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Attilas doesnt even scream, he kind of drones on with this raspy voice (that sounds like shit) IMO.

Willie
Moderator
June 8th 2009


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Mayhem vocals are horrible in general. The vocals on this are at least tolerable.

Wizard
June 19th 2009


20202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a gay review this is. Clearly this guy didn't give this album the time of day.

Willie
Moderator
October 23rd 2009


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I liked the clean vocals. It added an element that set the album apart from other black metal. Plus it works well with the Voivod influence.

Meatplow
November 30th 2009


5524 Comments


Yeah, I wasn't sure how to feel about this one.

In some ways I really liked it, in others it was just horrible.

Willie
Moderator
November 30th 2009


17610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

There were too many "dead" areas in the music. It could have used a producer.

gutturalmaster
February 24th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review; well balanced.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2010


8019 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crystallized pain in deconstruction JUST SLAYS.

Digging: Suffering Quota - Life In Disgust

TarkAhh
March 28th 2012


46 Comments


What the fuck is up with all these electronic elements of this alum? This album was horrible...and if Oystein was still alive, this would not be the MayheM he'd be playing. Fuck this album...this really blows. I'm really happy that they pulled themselves back together with Chimera

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2012


24377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you are retarded, euronymous was actually very much into electronic music and it's not impossible to think that influences from that kind of music would eventually creep into mayhem

Digging: Deceased - Ghostly White

Spec
March 28th 2012


35529 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Chimera is muchbetter.

RunOfTheMill
April 18th 2012


3823 Comments


My friend kept on telling me how much he liked this one, so he lent me his digipak.

All I have to say is: Wtf.
This is just really really really weird, and totally hit & miss. In particular, "A Bloodsword And A Colder Sun" is awful.

demigod!
February 20th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol that summary

demigod!
February 20th 2013


49295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like the album cover a lot



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