Posted in metal | music on February 18, 2014

by Doug Moore

Mayhem in Oslo, Norway, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Few black metal bands are as storied as Mayhem. Many of the sordid tales that brought Norwegian black metal to the attention of the international press in the early and mid '90s involved Mayhem members, but they're really more notable for their increasingly ambitious musical contributions to the genre's development. Though not all of their efforts have gone over well (2000's Grand Declaration of War in particular was divisive), their last album, 2007's Ordo ad Chao, was popular among fans and critics alike.

Aside from live appearances, Mayhem have mostly been silent since then. All four members have engaged in other projects, with vocalist Attila Csihar in particular busily collaborating with the likes of Sunn O))). But a new Mayhem album has been in the offing for some time, and while release details have yet to emerge (it's due in May, but that's all we know), you can now hear the band's first new song in seven years -- the oddly-titled "Psywar," which is streaming below (via Metal Hammer). Most of the tune is given over to ripping, thrashy black metal, but things get weird and epic about two thirds of the way through; Attila's whole creepy-moaning thing is, unsurprisingly, fully intact.

Mayhem's label Season of Mist will be releasing two limited-edition 7-inch versions of "Psywar" on April 25; you can preorder them here. Stream it below...




Tags: Mayhem

Comments (18)

Don't start jumping on my sausage jokes bandwagon, cupcakes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:27 PM

I own the "sausage" copyright. Anyone who violates it will hear from my lawyer!

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:28 PM

my dad owns a BMW motherfucker.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:34 PM

Scarves have always loved to be "violated" by "sausages" :)

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:42 PM

sausage jokes = challenged masculinity throughout high-school, recovery never reached in adulthood. :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:46 PM

sausage = an obvious obsession with the phallus.

but where does the pain come from? the hurt? the loneliness? the constant need for attention?

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:49 PM

like the drug addict, the un-loved, gender role non-conforming male compulsively lashes out but with no real satisfaction in doing so, no catharsis, only a temporary numbing of pain until the next sharp pang is felt.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:51 PM

Meyhem is a band name for 12 year old dorks trying to impress older (14 year old) girls.

Oh, and sausage dorks too obviously

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:57 PM

what the sausage commenter is not catharsis. no, we know this is unavailable to him through the present behaviors. what he needs is love.

sausage commenter, I will give you the love that you need to fulfill your life. I will tell you this whenever your sausage comment rears its ugly head, as I will do it now.

sausage commenter, I love you.
I love you.
You are loved.
I love you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 12:57 PM

i love sausage too!

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 1:04 PM

1257 converses with people who aren't there

it will be ok. no, actually it won't old boy. sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 1:16 PM

lol "scarves" i've never heard that before

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 1:17 PM

"old boy"

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 1:42 PM

coming soon to Discovery Channel!

Black Metal Preppers

Why are they prepping LPs?
Who wants them?
When will they stop?

Tune in

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 2:28 PM

still l o n e l y

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2014 7:04 PM

"Sausage part II (mid-life virginity)"

Lyrics: Mad at the world because mother called him ugly troll. Revenge through rock and roll metal. Lord of the Rings is his bible because he is stupid. Now old and hairy still a virgin because he looks ugly without stage makeup. 5'4" but has a big angry mind.

Posted by J. Elenidis | February 19, 2014 12:43 AM

^ It wasn't clever/funny when you posted it on the other articles, but I respect(?) your persistence.

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2014 11:26 AM

Uh, respect goes to Mayhem only.

Love that this band is still going.

A lot of very good Black Metal oriented bands since Mayhem began and today of course as well, but Mayhem is the seed of this tree.

Yes, other trees were there before; however, Mayhem was a new species.

Waiting for the next species. Sometimes you need an extinction for that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2014 11:29 PM

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