Mayhem
Pure Fucking Armageddon


4.0
excellent

Review

by ugly USER (9 Reviews)
January 16th, 2017 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: pure rawness, no scab.

I got bored with the Mayhem story. The sordid Wikipedia-binge-inducing antics that is; there’s still something exciting about the broader idea of scattered circles and cliques, members feeding off each other in pursuit of some atypical, shared-yet-personal artistic vision. However, instead of dwelling on what Mayhem members did or what the band became, I want to talk about this demo, noise and the unrefined, ghoulish vein that this release was able to tap into.

I love the hiss of the tape. I know it's easy to fetishise these things in the Internet Era as symbolic of a particular context. That is to say, to feign nostalgia for a wild scene we could never be a part of, or maybe to indulge one’s own superior-'kvlt' fantasy. In this though, the underlying strands of unobtrusive, grainy sound play a functional role in stitching the ragged mess together. There's a thrilling dynamic as the jagged, discordant and abrasive musical elements lurch out of the noise. Occasionally they hint at becoming something almost catchy and familiar. At other times the noisiness allows the music to veer into indecipherable, abstract and alienating territory, playing with the listener's perceptions.

The official tracklist also has the - already rough - Voice Of A Tortured Skull bootleg tracks proceeding (disintegrating, perhaps) into unmixed rehearsal recordings (Sides “Fuck” and “Off”, ha). The demo tracks are short enough that the repetition is not all that obnoxious and in this case it's genuinely well done - whether by design or not. It feels like there is a kind of a narrative (and not in a forced prog-like manner) of deconstruction and regression to a primal state. The music stutters briefly on “Mayhem”, with mutters, sporadic clashing and snarling - reinforcing the animalism and hinting at the performers becoming caught up in their personal “Pure Fuckin’ Armageddon”. There is a skinning of Mayhem’s sound, peeling the obscuring (is superficial too provocative") qualities down to a quintessential ugliness. While 'raw' as a description is much devalued by seemingly every other insipid 'atmospheric' band - this particular rawness is confronting and genuinely affecting.



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TVC15
January 16th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I've become so used to the awful production on black metal albums that this doesn't bother me as much as it should hah. The songs and audio quality I don't mind at all, but as far as Mayhem demos go I'd much rather listen to Deathcrush or other early Mayhem bootlegs with more clarity.



I'd really love to know which songs Necrobutcher and Euronymous did vox on in this tape

Digging: Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay

TVC15
January 16th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

A good review but something I think could be worked on is a more noticeable conclusion and to back up your rating a bit better

ugly
January 16th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fair enough. This one is the most exciting/wild for me.



I should prob add a link

https://youtu.be/m2hCeBIk-Gw



edit: that's a fair call too, ta

TVC15
January 16th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah man early Mayhem always had a knack for sheer energy and capturing the listener's attention. Takes a lot of talent to pull that off with awful sound quality

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2017


11673 Comments


Great review man, pos.

"is superficial is too provocative?)" - the only weird sentence in there.

Digging: Orville Peck - Pony

ugly
January 16th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whoops! Good catch, thank you

StarlessCore
January 16th 2017


5957 Comments


deathcrush

Digging: FBG Duck - This How I'm Coming 3

zaruyache
January 16th 2017


20540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

if you love this super lo-fi stuff then make sure to jam Forgotten Spell.

Shadowmire
January 16th 2017


4623 Comments


sweet

TVC15
January 16th 2017


9896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

If you guys dig this then you'd definitely enjoy Death Rehearsal. Maniac is on vox but from what you could hear, he's got a much different style then on later work; kinda like Dead when he was on Morbid but without the shriek quality to it

ugly
January 17th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks moddy!

ugly
January 17th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What were you gonna rate the new Enbilulugal btw?

and should i try it?

ugly
January 17th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet, ta. Lords of Chaos, Lord of the Lard.

parksungjoon
January 17th 2017


9207 Comments


deathcrush is better but a 2.6 this is not

good review pos

ugly
January 17th 2017


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, and yeah, was a bit surprised by that rating distribution.

UndineParty
January 27th 2017


707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review pos



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