Mayhem Reissues Limited Run of 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive' on Vinyl
Norwegian black metal kings Mayhem are reliving their most brutal days with the De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive reissue in preparation for their Fall European Tour. Recorded at the 2015 Black Christmass Festival in Sweden, DMDS Alive adds a new flavor to what has often been hailed as one of the most influential albums in second-wave black metal. Among Hellhammer’s legendary blasts, Aarseth’s cacophony of riffs, and Attilla Csihar’s inhuman croak, are the haunting lyrics of former vocalist, Dead, which are intended to embody, in his words, an oozing fog “drifting woefully in silence to extinguish the lives of the local people." The footage of DMDS Alive is a new presentation of old agony, remaining true to death's icy clutches. The original release of DMDS included both the deceased Euronymous on guitar, and his murderer, Count Grishnackh, on bass. After years of rebrands and changes in lineup, Mayhem’s return to their debut full-length album with new guitar and bass players seems like an attempt to clean the slate. But with such an infamous behind-the-scenes story, not to mention Mayhem's history of hate-based politics, a reformed image might be more difficult to attain than these corpse-painted heathens thought.
And yes, Rolling Stone named DMDS #40 of The Greatest Metal Albums of All Time (we'll pretend Avenged Sevenfold isn't on there.) The record comes in black (666,) purple (222,) and purple with black haze (112,) available for purchase here.