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12 O'Clock Track: Mayhem, "Funeral Fog"

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Black metal had an interesting year in 2011. Records by Liturgy and Wolves in the Throne Room, two American bands, topped year-end lists at outlets both expected and highly unlikely, stirring up controversy and bringing out haters all across the metal world. Criticism of these bands ranges from more or less reasonable if not terribly sympathetic (purists see Liturgy et al as snotty trust funders exploiting a subculture they don't understand—the word "hipster" gets thrown around a lot) to childish and absurd (I read a post on Metal Sucks that compares Liturgy front man Hunter Hunt-Hendrix to Justin Bieber). But no matter how you look at it, these bands are blurring the lines, with their music and their messages, that used to define "true" black metal. For today's 12 O'Clock Track, however, we're going back to the genre's roots.

"Funeral Fog" is the lead track from Mayhem's first official full-length record, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Recording for the album began in 1992, but it wasn't released until 1994—delayed by the murder trial of bassist Varg Vikernes (who also releases excellent solo black-metal records as Burzum), who was found guilty in the stabbing of guitarist Øystein Aarseth, better known in Norwegian metal circles as Euronymous. Maybe Liturgy or Wolves in the Throne Room would be accepted with open arms if they started burning churches and stabbing one another?

Mayhem still records and tours today, with an obviously altered lineup that includes two members from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, vocalist Attila Csihar and drummer Hellhammer.

Enjoy "Funeral Fog," a true black-metal classic. Dizzying, evil, and upsetting, this isn't the kind of music you'd want to play for your mom. And give it a good listen: This isn't all about Satan, darkness, fog, frost, and evil. These guys are incredibly talented players.

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