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Mayhem



There can be little doubt that Norway's Mayhem, the godfathers of the Scandinavian black metal movement, are the most evil group of musicians who have ever walked the earth or ever will again; none of their followers, not even the notoriously evil Emperor can rival this band. Their legacy is one of murder, suicide, church-burning, and even cannibalism -- not to mention some of the most frighteningly hateful music ever made. While Mayhem still exists, today only drummer Hellhammer remains; the band's other members are all dead or in prison.

Mayhem's sound is archetypal: huge, evil guitar work, unintelligible Satanic sounding vocals, and occasional forays into creepy synthesized dark ambience. Their most recent work is 2001's Grand Declaration of War, an astonishingly complex black metal epic.

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