Mayhem – Daemon : Album on Various formats + Entry to Signing *Pre-Order

Clear

Product Description

Online sales are now closed – we have stock available to buy over the counter at the signing only now.

*As you may have heard the release date on the album has been pushed back to Friday 8th November – but we have been able to make a special arrangement with the Band and label that we will exclusively be selling copies at the signing just under a week before the release date – so not only if you come to the signing will you get to meet the band but you will also get the album early before anyone else*

 

Release date  Friday 8th November
All pre-orders will be dispatched/ready for collection on these dates.

Mayhem – Daemon

Century Media Records

CD Album £12.99

Deluxe CD £19.99

Limited Vinyl LP £23.99

Deluxe Boxset CD + LP £94.99 (please note the Colour vinyl in this hasnt been confirmed yet)

 

Very Happy to announce that on the day Mayhem will tear down Damnation Festival here in Leeds, Saturday 2nd November the Band will be visiting the shop at 5pm (time tbc) to meet fans and sign stuff .

As the shop is pretty small and we only have a limited time with the band Priority and Guaranteed entry will be given to customers that Pre Order the new album ‘Daemon’  on any format from us .

So either order Order here (or pop in the shop) and your name will automatically be added to our entry list. 

If you unable to attend but would like a signed album we are also making a limited amount available online. These will be shipped out the first shipping day after the signing on Monday 4th November, or can be collected from the shop any time after that date. If you would like a signed album on any format please make your selection from the drop down box above.

 

Tracklisting:

1. The Dying False King
2. Agenda Ignis
3. Bad Blood
4. Malum
5. Falsified and Hated
6. Aeon Daemonium
7. Worthless Abomination Destroyed
8. Daemon Spawn
9. Of Worms and Ruins
10. Invoke the Oath

LIMITED BOX CONTENTS
– A noble box with linen optic, alternate artwork and golden silk-screen print
– The original album as Gatefold LP in 180g colored vinyl + 12-pages LP-booklet
– A 2nd LP in 180g black vinyl with bonus songs and an etching on side D
– CD in mini-gatefold (incl. the bonus tracks of the ltd. mediabook)
– 2 red candles with exclusive Mayhem print
– cast pewter coin pin badge
– 3 art prints
-90×60 poster of the original artwork
Worldwide limited to 2500 units (in 5 different vinyl colors, 500 copies per color)

 

By the power of darkness and the might of black-hearted will no two Mayhem albums have
been or will be the same. Over the course of Mayhem’s storied and groundbreaking 35-year
career—from De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994) through Esoteric Warfare (2014)—the
Norwegians have continuously challenged the orthodoxy of the genre they helped create.
Originally informed by greats Hellhammer, Venom, Bathory, and Sodom, the Norwegians
eventually imbued their damnable attack with influences from all over the music extreme
spectrum, indicated first on the harsh and angular Wolf’s Lair Abyss (1997) EP and foremost
on the enterprisingly brutal and revolutionary Grand Declaration of War (2000). In 2019,
Mayhem yet again reinvent on new album, Daemon.
“Mayhem will always be Mayhem,” says guitarist/songwriter Teloch (aka Morten Bergeton
Iversen) says. “If we put the genre game aside a bit, no one else sounds like Mayhem. Even
when De Mysteriis came out, it was not at first considered to be a black metal album, if my
memory serves me right. Tricky to label this band, metal would be the most fitting; it’s not
pure black metal in my opinion. Not sure it has ever been actually, despite what the general
opinion is. People can call it whatever they want. If it’s black metal to them, then fine. We
don’t really care. But to me it’s important to keep some sort of black metal vibe at least.”
Founded in 1984 in the quaint village of Langhus, Norway by the late (and visionary)
frontman Euronymous (aka Øystein Aarseth), Necrobutcher (aka Jørn Stubberud), and
Manheim (aka Kjetil Haraldsson), Mayhem’s small-town start was nonetheless auspicious;
the name Mayhem itself was inspired by the Venom song, “Mayhem with Mercy.” By 1986,
the Norwegians had ventured headlong into the proverbial abyss with the release of their
first demo, Pure Fucking Armageddon, a cacophonous mob of metal so extreme it didn’t
have a name. Certainly, sides “Fuck” and “Off” were indicators of Mayhem’s fractious
aesthetic, but it was their debut EP, Deathcrush (1987), that set off alarm bells that all was
not well in Norway. From lineup shifts, record stores, and suicide—vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin
(aka Per Yngve Ohlin) shot himself in 1991—to record labels, The Inner Circle, and death—
Euronymous was killed by Varg Vikernes in 1993—Mayhem’s eternal spirit and flesh have not
only endured but also evolved into a monster as dangerous to mind as it is body. Daemon is
that transformation. Mayhem’s new album is malice manifested and wicked personified.
“Esoteric Warfare was a strict concept-themed album,” Teloch says. “Lyrically, visually and
musically. With Daemon, we tried a different approach and said, ‘Fuck the themes!,’ but it
kinda turned into a themed album anyway. There will always be some sort of red line
between albums, even if it can be really thin. Easy to link almost everything up to a theme if
you are creative enough.”
Daemon, however, was not directly inspired by Esoteric Warfare. Nor is it a direct follow-up.
Rather, Daemon is unto itself. It’s not the next chapter but rather the next tome in Mayhem’s
authoritative oeuvre. Composed and decomposed with the same lineup—Necrobutcher
(bass), Hellhammer (drums), Attila Csihar (vocals), Teloch (guitars), and Ghul (guitars)—that
handled Esoteric Warfare and performed De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety over the
last few years, Daemon also isn’t a retrofit of classic songs like “Freezing Moon,” “Pagan
Fears,” or “Buried by Time and Dust.” That’s what the live album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Alive (2016), was for. Daemon is a chance for change, for new hells to be envisioned and
offered.
“There will never be a De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas II,” says Teloch. “The main writer
[Euronymous] is dead, and everyone is older. We don’t see much left of the youth rebellion

that was going on at the time anymore. Natural progress. Back then, they didn’t know what
they were doing, in a way. Now we have been in the game too long and know what we are
doing. Or at least we try faking knowing what we are doing. All we did for a couple of years
before writing the new album was touring for De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Naturally, we
were a bit inspired by that tour. But we did not go into it thinking we would make a new De
Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. That would be suicide (pun intended).”
As most bands enjoy fraternal relationships inside, Mayhem’s internal order is expectedly
antagonistic. Fights, arguments, and disagreements form the bulk of the inspiration that has
fueled and will continue to fuel the band over the last three decades. Daemon was also the
byproduct of irascible and captious individuals. Anger, frustration, and the continued
struggle to push—at whatever cost—the band’s music forward were at the heart of
Mayhem’s newest album. The writing for Daemon started in October 2018, with the mandate
that everyone was on the hook to contribute. That process, however achievable with time,
didn’t pan out entirely, but the deconstruction of Mayhem’s heinous and intricate sonic
architecture did take hold.
“Everyone was welcome to throw things in this big pot of evil-spawning puke,” Teloch says.
“Instead of one person writing music and the other lyrics, we all now tried to throw in
whatever we had. If we had 10-20 more years to make the album that could have worked
out. But we had already booked the album tour before we had starting writing the album, so
we just had to get it done. Also, doing the next album when people were 70-years old
sounded like a bit of a stretch, to put it mildly. So, the initial idea was to simplify everything,
trying to forget how to write riffs; just like we started out, all blue-eyed and without knowing
anything. That, of course, became very boring for us. So we tried finding a line where we
simplified—and simplified—but at the same time kept it interesting enough for us to actually
go into the studio to record.”
Mayhem entered NBS Audio Studio (aka Necromorbus Studio) in Söderfors, Sweden to
record drums and vocals with producer/engineer Tore Stjerna. Newly consecrated Studio A
(Stjerna’s Stockholm studio will continue to operate as Studio B) in an old church,
Hellhammer and Csihar recorded their respective parts for Daemon. The band then had Ghul
record his guitars in the Netherlands, while the bass was engineered by Teloch and
performed by Necrobutcher at Subsonic Society in Oslo, Norway. Teloch took his guitar
tracking to SleikBallaMi Studio, also in Oslo. Daemon was then brought back to Stjerna for
mixing and mastering. The whole affair took about three months to nail down, but the result
is extraordinary.
The art of the album cover can be hit or miss. Not for Mayhem. The Norwegians have crafted
an aesthetic that’s both harrowing and insidious. From the low contrast majesty of De
Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and the sheer graphic violence of The Dawn of the Black Hearts to
the suggestive intensity of Grand Declaration of War and Zbigniew Bielak’s retro-modern
mind machine on Esoteric Warfare, the band have always been progressively inclined
where it concerns image, message, and style. For Daemon, Mayhem enlisted Italian designer
Daniele Valeriani (Lucifer’s Child, Dark Funeral) to understand, conceive, and deliver the
cover art.
“As he started the design, we didn’t have the lyrics or any songs ready for him to get
inspired,” Teloch says. “His task was kinda impossible from the get go. We spent a good
amount of time getting this right without as much as a word of lyric. As soon as we started to
agree on what direction to go and he delivered some insane artwork, it was clear to us what
path the lyrics should go as well. So, we did what’s opposite of normal, I guess. That’s the
beauty of creativity—no rules, freedom, Satan!”
As for Mayhem’s devoted worldwide following, they’re rabidly waiting for Daemon. As
always, of course. The black metal faithful spent six years without a follow-up to De Mysteriis
Dom Sathanas. The evil hordes took on the cruelty of time—about seven years—for Esoteric
Warfare. The five-year wait for Daemon is something they’ve prepared for, with the
understanding that Mayhem, in whatever guise it presents itself, will always return greater
than before, stronger than ever yet still true to its black metal roots. The return of darkness
and evil is upon us… Daemon is the return… of Mayhem!
“I think this album will be most pleasing for old and new fans,” says Teloch. “As most of our
devoted fans know, Mayhem has never released an album that sounds the same. That’s the
case this time around as well. As I said, we simplified stuff, but at the same time tried out
some new stuff to keep it interesting for ourselves and also for our fans that dig that we are
doing something new on each album.”

Additional Information

Weight 550 g
Select Format:

CD Album + 1 Entry to Signing £12.99, Deluxe CD Album + 1 Entry to Signing £19.99, Limited Black Vinyl LP + 1 Entry to Signing £23.99, Deluxe Boxset CD + LP + 1 Entry to Signing £94.99, CD Album (Signed copy posted 4/11) £12.99, Deluxe CD Album (Signed copy posted 4/11) £19.99, Limited Black Vinyl LP (Signed copy posted 4/11) £23.99, Deluxe Boxset CD + LP (Signed copy to collect from 3/11) £94.99