Mayhem, Nachtmystium, Lair of the Minotaur, Yakuza | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Mayhem, Nachtmystium, Lair of the Minotaur, Yakuza Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., June 11, 6 p.m. 2009

A fair number of people outside the metal scene now consider black metal an art form, which is great, but bands like Mayhem can’t have had that in mind when they started—they just wanted to sound as fucking evil as possible, and they really, really do. Mayhem’s 1994 masterpiece De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is a murky maelstrom of blurry-fast drums, gnashing guitars, and the hideous vocals of Attila Csihar, who forgoes the usual slate-gray shrieking in favor of howls, croaks, gurgles, and moans that are even more frightening for being more human—it sounds a lot like that recording floating around the Internet that’s supposed to be of damned souls in hell, picked up by mikes in a drill rig run by Russian geologists. And you can’t beat the album’s horrific backstory: vocalist Dead killed himself while the band was writing it (Csihar sings his lyrics), and bassist Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh of Burzum, stabbed guitarist Euronymous to death before its release. On this tour Csihar, longtime drummer Hellhammer, original bassist Necrobutcher, and two road guitarists calling themselves Morfeus and Silmaeth will play material from Mayhem’s entire discography, including the four studio albums since De Mysteriis—the bulk of which were written by recently departed guitarist Blasphemer. And Csihar, who’s also touring with Sunn 0))) in July, is selling Life Eternal (Saturnus/Season of Mist), a limited-edition CD of five tracks from the demo version of De Mysteriis with Vikernes’s bass parts, buried in the mix after Euronymous’s murder, at their original level. —Miles Raymer

Price: $24.50-$29

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