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Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas



8.7 | 846 votes |
Release date: 24 May 1994
Style: Black metal

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01. Funeral Fog
02. Freezing Moon
03. Cursed In Eternity
04. Pagan Fears
05. Life Eternal
06. From The Dark Past
07. Buried By Time And Dust
08. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

Top 20 albums of 1994: 7

Staff review by
Herzebeth
Rating:
8.9
This is one of the most respected albums in Black Metal History, Why is that? Beats me actually, but I can assure you this album is uncommon and very original for the genre it stands for, the music is aggressive and very raw, the execution towards this album is not complex or actually talented, but it's multi-faceted and layered, I think this album deserves all the credit it has, now lets take a closer view...

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published 29.07.2005 | Comments (46)

Guest review by
Jagermeister
Rating:
9.7
Whenever one thinks of the term "black metal," they almost instantly think of Mayhem and their magnum opus, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Why is that?

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published 09.06.2015 | Comments (6)

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17.01.2019 - 13:49
Mercurial

Written by Bad English on 17.01.2019 at 13:22

Legendary album, but in early archaic church burning BM bands has nothing to worship it. Todays BM is much better, I cant deny roots, but I didnt like it in 20's now I dislike it even more, Fen, Immortal, Wolchant, and so many other bands are much better in all.

Yeah you can really hear Mayhem's influence in Fen.
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17.01.2019 - 14:12
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Mercurial on 17.01.2019 at 13:49

Written by Bad English on 17.01.2019 at 13:22

Legendary album, but in early archaic church burning BM bands has nothing to worship it. Todays BM is much better, I cant deny roots, but I didnt like it in 20's now I dislike it even more, Fen, Immortal, Wolchant, and so many other bands are much better in all.

Yeah you can really hear Mayhem's influence in Fen.


It was example, that there are many better bands as mayhem what plays BM!
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17.01.2019 - 14:13
Mercurial

Written by Bad English on 17.01.2019 at 14:12


It was example, that there are many better bands as mayhem what plays BM!

But to this day there are still virtually zero bands that play BM that sounds anything like Mayhem.
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18.01.2019 - 20:45
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Mercurial on 17.01.2019 at 14:13

Written by Bad English on 17.01.2019 at 14:12

It was example, that there are many better bands as mayhem what plays BM!

But to this day there are still virtually zero bands that play BM that sounds anything like Mayhem.

Except for Mayhem. I get pretty annoyed sometimes for how much praise the band gets only for their cult status compared to the last 2 albums. I can't stress enough how much I love DMDS but Ordo ad Chao and Esoteric Warfare are an accomplishment on their own, a step forward for modern BM. In terms of sounding absolutely sinister, there are not many bands that can do that (see: Funeral Mist).
The last 2 are where it really is!
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18.01.2019 - 23:21
Mercurial

Written by InnerSelf on 18.01.2019 at 20:45

Except for Mayhem. I get pretty annoyed sometimes for how much praise the band gets only for their cult status compared to the last 2 albums. I can't stress enough how much I love DMDS but Ordo ad Chao and Esoteric Warfare are an accomplishment on their own, a step forward for modern BM. In terms of sounding absolutely sinister, there are not many bands that can do that (see: Funeral Mist).
The last 2 are where it really is!

This. As far as I'm concerned Mayhem basically invented a new way to play black metal with Ordo. It's still unique to this day (outside of Esoteric Warfare to a degree) and as such still holds up to this day in how effective and brilliant it is. They're pretty much the greatest black metal band from the original lot for the reasons you outlined. I'm always amazed when I see the occasional person crop up saying that they're overrated or what have you.
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19.01.2019 - 03:06
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Mercurial on 18.01.2019 at 23:21

This. As far as I'm concerned Mayhem basically invented a new way to play black metal with Ordo. It's still unique to this day (outside of Esoteric Warfare to a degree) and as such still holds up to this day in how effective and brilliant it is. They're pretty much the greatest black metal band from the original lot for the reasons you outlined. I'm always amazed when I see the occasional person crop up saying that they're overrated or what have you.

A lot of bands copied/expanded on the sound that DsD (and Ved Buenes Ende to a certain extent) created but I haven't heard a single band that sounds like this or this.
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26.11.2020 - 21:39
Rating: 6
doez
Hallucigenia
It's a good album for sure.. but it's quite boring imo
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26.11.2020 - 23:11
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Interesting riffs and a uniquely dark atmosphere ruined by unintelligible silly grunts that destroy my immersion.

The irony of rating Inquisition's work as some of the best black metal has to offer isn't lost on me.
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28.11.2020 - 17:42
BetulaObscura

This is an excellent album. Really atmospheric. Horror-like with touch of Gothic or Baroque mood... It mixes orthodox BM with avant-garde BM approach. It is very nicely produced as well. A milestone.
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07.05.2021 - 07:14
Rating: 10
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
This was my introduction to Black metal, I was only 4 when it was released so unfortunately I missed out on the Norwegian Black Metal scence at the time.

I heard the stories and history behind this legendary album, so it got me interested, and the music did not disappoint me, I still like it to this day, it has a unique sinister atmosphere, one of which I had never experienced in metal before, the vocals are haunting and give me the chills, the bass sound is also a highlight for me as well as the ultra fast blast beat drumming, there is also some quality riffs here too, like on "Freezing Moon".

The title song remains my favourite song on the album, it's breathtaking, "Life Eternal" is also one of my favourites too.
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24.09.2021 - 16:17
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.11.2020 at 23:11

Interesting riffs and a uniquely dark atmosphere ruined by unintelligible silly grunts that destroy my immersion.

Yeah. Great riffs and awesome drumming... but the vocals ruin it for me.

Edit: I can appreciate the vocal style now. He sounds like a haunting ghost
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24.09.2021 - 16:54
Rating: 10
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
You kidding? Attila's vocals ARE the album.
Attila is Mayhem
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02.10.2021 - 22:09
EccePrimordium

Written by F3ynman2000 on 24.09.2021 at 16:17

Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.11.2020 at 23:11

Interesting riffs and a uniquely dark atmosphere ruined by unintelligible silly grunts that destroy my immersion.

Yeah. Great riffs and awesome drumming... but the vocals ruin it for me.

I agree with you. Can't stand Attila's vocals as of right now, maybe I grow to like it with time... Anyhow I prefer Freezing Moon with Dead singing by a mile. Wish he lived long enough to sing on this album... Too bad.
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18.12.2021 - 03:12
Rating: 8
mz

Probably the only good thing that happened during the 2nd wave of black metal.
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18.12.2021 - 05:07
Rating: 10
Neachy

Written by mz on 18.12.2021 at 03:12

Probably the only good thing that happened during the 2nd wave of black metal.

Whoa, whoa. Have you heard Gehenna's Second Spell?
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18.12.2021 - 05:20
Rating: 9
Maco
Pvt Funderground
Written by mz on 18.12.2021 at 03:12

Probably the only good thing that happened during the 2nd wave of black metal.

Lol no
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18.12.2021 - 10:01
Rating: 10
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by mz on 18.12.2021 at 03:12

Probably the only good thing that happened during the 2nd wave of black metal.

Well I would say this is the most iconic album from the 2nd wave, I don't think it's the only good thing to come from the 2nd wave, but it's a genre that is certainly not to everyone's taste.
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18.12.2021 - 20:32
Rating: 8
mz

Written by Neachy on 18.12.2021 at 05:07


Whoa, whoa. Have you heard Gehenna's Second Spell?


No. Admittedly, I have not really dived deeply into 2nd wave. I checked the major names (darkthrone, mayhem, burzum, immortal etc) and all of their albums ranged from garbage to average for me, with the exception of this one.
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19.12.2021 - 04:48
Rating: 8
mz

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 18.12.2021 at 10:01


Well I would say this is the most iconic album from the 2nd wave, I don't think it's the only good thing to come from the 2nd wave, but it's a genre that is certainly not to everyone's taste.


Most of what I listen to is black metal. However, I seem to be able to enjoy its modern, more experimental manifestations.
There are, of course, simplistic ambient/ atmo black metal records I love, but they, too, are released post-2000 with production that is perfected for the style. I guess neither the production nor the songwriting of 2nd wave suits me.
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19.01.2022 - 01:24
Rating: 9
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
This has grown on me! Revisiting this after 4 months, I must say that I enjoy this a lot! I wasn't so keen on the vocals at first (a common stumbling block for me, especially regarding black metal). But now I think it fits very well with the album. While Dead's vocals were more intense and powerful, Attila's vocals perfectly capture here the haunting, cold, despairing atmosphere of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.

As for the album itself, every instrument works together perfectly: the guitar-work creates this great immersive atmosphere, while also occasionally providing headbangable riffs and faster sections to keep the listener engaged; the bass is pretty audible on some tracks, making songs like the title track even more eerie; and the super fast and complex drumming I find really extraordinary!

My favorite songs here are Freezing Moon, Life Eternal, and Funeral Fog. I also really like the lyrics on From the Dark Past and the riffs on Curse in Eternity and the super fast Pagan Fears. The Latin incantations on the title track are also a nice touch

Overall, this is one of the best black metal releases I've heard; I rate it between an 8 and a 9. As one of the albums that started the 2nd wave of black metal in Norway, this will do nicely as a start to my further exploration of pure black metal bands like Darkthrone, Burzum, Dimmu Borgir, and others. Stay tuned!
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19.01.2022 - 01:37
Rating: 10
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
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Written by F3ynman2000 on 19.01.2022 at 01:24

My favorite songs here are Freezing Moon, Life Eternal, and Funeral Fog.

Oh, those are my three favorite songs as well.
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and the super fast and complex drumming I find really extraordinary!

Yeah, right? Hellhammer is a beast in this album.
A funny thing is that whenever I speak about the drumming here, there is always some drum connoseur who pops in and says stuff like "bruh, this isn't even hard, you should listen to Rush or some shit". Well, I don't know much about drums, but I do know about my ears. The drumming sounds really intense and complex and that's enough for me =)
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Overall, this is one of the best black metal releases I've heard

Good to know you liked it. This is by far one of the best bm albums for me. Mostly because of Attila's vocals.
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19.01.2022 - 16:31
Rating: 10
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Karlabos on 19.01.2022 at 01:37

Written by F3ynman2000 on 19.01.2022 at 01:24

My favorite songs here are Freezing Moon, Life Eternal, and Funeral Fog.

"Freezing Moon", and "Life Eternal" are amongst my favourites, but for me that title song is astonishing!
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