Mayhem are a legendary band from Norway that has been around for more than 30 years and are one of the biggest influences and most well known black metal band off all time and this is a review of their live 2016 album "De Mysterious Dom Sathanas Alive" which will be released on December 15th and is also their 1993 album of t he same name being performed live.
A very fast and raw black metal sound along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats start off the album along with some morbid sounding melodies and after awhile grim screams are added onto the recording and while it is still the same singer the vocals sound more aggressive than the album.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks are long and epic in length and as the live album progresses the vocals start regaining the feeling of the original tracks and the solos and leads also gives the songs more of a dark and melodic feeling when they are utilized and the album remains very heavy and raw from beginning to ending of the recording and on the last track the vocals get semi operatic.
Mayhem takes their classic 1993 album and plays all of the songs more than 20 years later live and they still have the ability to pull off the rawness that was a very huge parts of these tracks which in return where a part of the second wave creation of black metal, the production sounds very dark and raw with all of the songs recorded live while the lyrics cover Satanism, Paganism, Transylvania and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding live album from Mayhem and if you are a fan of this band, you should check put this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Funeral Fog" "Pagan Fears" and "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". 8/5 out of 10.