Mayhem   Esoteric Warfare
3.7
great
Release Date: 06/2014
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3.7 greatVoivod STAFF | June 3rd 14

Mayhem go through the motions of intelligent black metal, yet their craft remains unmatched.

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4.5 superbSkapalPes | July 18th 14

Second best Mayhem album after... guess which? "Ordo ad Chao" of course! It was probably really impossible to go further (in music), so I can understand Blasphemer`s decision to leave.
Teloch, new guitarist and composer, had extremely hard job to replace him. I think he did excellent and I enjoy his futuristic (Voivod-like?) style. Attila and Hellhammer are both absolutely exceptional artists and with help of firm Necrobutcher they all created one extra strong LP with perfect production, too. They are further developing their original avantgarde and psychedelic black metal style, which is very technical and brutal at the same time, furiously speeding in one moment and desperately crawling in another. Several pauses in music flow can make a man nervous, but maybe that`s just what they wanted...
So this is great comeback after 7 years and it is said they`re in best concert shape in history, really sad that I missed them.


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4.0 excellentBMDrummer | July 5th 14

Mayhem. Quite possibly the most controversial band ever, one of the founders of black metal, and a rband with countless myths and stories. They're just one of those bands where you read the stories rbefore you hear the music. The Euronymous murders, the suicide of Dead, the church burnings, and rthe bigoted attitudes of certain members are things you will most likely hear before the music, but that doesn't make their music any less special. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is of course renowned as one of the finest examples of black metal, and their later efforts are not things people generally mention, but Esoteric Warfare sounds surprisingly good. The production is rperfectly raw, the riffs are quite exciting, the atmosphere is perfectly bleak, and the experimentation is here. They do more than what you would normally expect from a trve black metal band to do, with sudden stops, atmospheric passages, mature playing, and even some prog leanings. rSure, it's not too diverse, but it certainly works to their advantage to just be a raw, aggressive kick in the teeth. Didn't expect to like this nearly as much as I did, but amazingly, the band sounds fresh and in place even today. Simply put, the atmosphere is killer, the title says it all.

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3.0 goodBRAman22 | June 15th 14

This would be a lot easier to enjoy if the production was better. As it is, it is somewhat difficult to hear all of the intricacies happening in the music, which simply makes it more difficult to appreciate.

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4.0 excellentmkamrass | June 12th 14

Judging by the artwork and concept of the album, which I love, I was really looking for forward to this album and it did not disappoint upon finally hearing it. Mayhem has always had their own sound that no other black metal band can really come close to imitating and this album has definitely pushed that unique sound further. Every band member has shining moments on the album but they all still work together to produce an excellent album as a whole. One little note is that this is definitely a cleaner mayhem sound-wise.

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1.5 very poorBloon | November 7th 17

i am not convinced that this album is 47 minutes, felt like 2 hours

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3.2 goodWillie STAFF | June 18th 14

Grand Declaration of War is the only Mayhem album that I truly enjoy. The vocals are just way too much on most of the other albums. Having said that, the vocals are tolerable on this and the music is pretty good... but it's just standard stuff.

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5.0 classicpanagiotis | March 26th 14

I am not very objective you see. I am sure it is going to be a 5. At last the best black metal band ever, also the pioneers of 2nd wave by the way, is coming back. Judging from Psywar single it will kick ass.

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