Mayhem
Henhouse Recordings


5.0
classic

Review

by Grumpy USER (16 Reviews)
March 31st, 2020 | 26 replies


Release Date: 10/04/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A piece of history, but it's highly subjective to measure its value.

When I got this on vinyl, I had very mixed feelings about this particular album. Productionwise, this perfectly represents a typical raw, low-quality recording - which is completely normal from a rehearsal demo recorded in '89. Even though the reason of releasing this in 2019 could seem a questionable decision for some, but personally, since I am an enthusiastic fan of the legendary/infamous lineup, I'm glad for the opportunity I could enlarge my vinyl collection with this one.

The "henhouse", actually a small cottage located on the Stubberud estate (now belongs to Jørn/Necrobutcher), was a rather important place in the band's early status, being a small and isolated realm for them, where the band could spend their free time as they wished to. It offered a great place especially for rehearsals - so, basically an opportunity for creative processes like songwriting, or: just a place for boozing and fun! The original video tape immortalized one of these few rehearsals with the mighty lineup (Dead, Euro', Necro', Hellhammer), giving us insights about how did these lads spend their time together. The audio quality is very low, even if measured by black metal standards, and everything was recorded via one single microphone. Due to the not very wise mic location and the technically zero volume adjustment, especially the vocals are barely audible and the audio suffers from other issues as well. However, every track is clearly recognizable, and with small EQ adjustments, I dare to say, enjoyable. The guitars are sharp and stands as the most dominant instrument, but the rhythm section sounds pretty decent as well, despite the demo-level of audio quality. The setlist contains the most iconic songs by Mayhem, with a little surprise: the "bonus", most interesting track can be found on side B, listed as 'Untitled'. This short song was written by Euronymous, but lost in oblivion for years. However, it later surfaced in '97 on Emperor's second LP, 'Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk', as the opener of Ye Entrancemperium. (Euronymous was credited as songwriter.)

Even though the Henhouse Recordings suffers from the low budget and low quality recording, this is a classic piece for the hardcore Mayhem fans. Why? Because the captured atmosphere is like a portal to the past. It's as if you could be there: sitting in the cottage...drinking beer while watching your beloved band rehearse... This is special!



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Tunaboy45
March 31st 2020


17143 Comments


Great write up, I should probably check this out.

garas
March 31st 2020


4243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just a short write up about one of my favourie vinyls. I want to improve my writing skills.



Thank you Tunaboy!!

dedex
March 31st 2020


3061 Comments


Yooooo this sounds like a crass recording, noice

Digging: Ichiko Aoba - 0%

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


sweet rev didnt even know this existed

good review! pos'd and gonna legally obtain this ;)


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garas
March 31st 2020


4243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks park!

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


no worries man


if theres one thing all contribs have been telling me this year its that you gotta practice lots so keep writing m/ m/ m/

ResidentNihilist
March 31st 2020


1478 Comments


Good review, hopefully thus thread doesn't with angry political commentary like the Feminazgul thread did.


parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


dont see why it would tbh

ResidentNihilist
March 31st 2020


1478 Comments


I know but I remember a thread way back in the day that was overrun by angry Scar Symmetry fans that ended up spreading to a Norther thread due to that also being a negative review.

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


.... what




scar symmetry still has fans?

ResidentNihilist
March 31st 2020


1478 Comments


This was like seven years ago, it was an Observer review that was shitting on a Scar Symmetry album and it got out of hand really fast.

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


ah

tbf they only have like 2 good albums

ResidentNihilist
March 31st 2020


1478 Comments


yeah both of those with Christian Alvestriam

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19635 Comments


the debut and holographic universe yea

Bedex
March 31st 2020


1729 Comments


"every track is clearly recognizable, and with small EQ adjustments, I dare to say, enjoyable"

the trvest sentence of all time


nice review garasbro have a pos!

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Darius The Imposter
April 1st 2020


22290 Comments


wait so like

how lo fi are we talking here like pure fucking armageddon levls or nah

garas
April 1st 2020


4243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you guys!

Darius: Hmmm, I'd say similar, but this is better than the Pure Fuckin Armageddon demo.

parksungjoon
April 1st 2020


19635 Comments


huh this isnt listed anywhere on rym for some reason

rellik009
April 1st 2020


862 Comments


that's how kvlt the album is
it's sitting down in the depths of hell, waiting to be discovered

parksungjoon
April 1st 2020


19635 Comments


literally released on peaceville last year but ok



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