Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive Tour

The True Mayhem
Black Anvil
Concert Date: 
Wed, 02/08/2017
Age Restriction: 
Club Red, Mesa, AZ

If you consider yourself a metalhead but you haven't heard of Mayhem, stop whatever you're doing right now and educate yourself because you've probably been living under a rock since at least the early 90's. As one of the founders of the Norwegian black metal scene, which is notorious for its extreme nature and myriad of controversies, Mayhem is nothing short of a legendary band. Their debut, full-length album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, which came out in 1994, was a landmark album for the band as well as for the entire black metal genre and, as one might expect, it has quite the story behind it. Essentially, the vocalist who wrote the lyrics for the album, Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin, committed suicide in 1991 and the founder and guitarist Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth was murdered by Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes, the bassist on the album, in 1993. Definitely go find and read the whole biography of the band if you're interested and you'll understand the reason this tour is such a big deal. 

After over 20 years, Mayhem decided to resurrect the legendary De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and play the album in full on tour, accompanied by a release of a live version of the album performed by the current lineup. Supported by black metal acts Black Anvil and Inquisition, Mayhem has been bringing the past back to life across North America, and we were lucky enough to attend.

Although I had never heard of Black Anvil, I thoroughly enjoyed their opening set. They incorporated a very dark, doomy vibe and style th