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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mayhem/Live In Leipzig/Century Black/1997 CD Re-Issue Review


  Mayhem  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  one  of  the  most  famous  bands  in  metal  history  and  one  of  the  originators  of  the  second  wave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  1991  album  "Live  In  Leipzig"  which  was  re-issued  in  1997  by  Century  Black.

  Drums range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  Norwegian  style  black metal  riffs  that  helped  create  black  metal  the  way  it  sounded  in  the  early  90's  as  well  as  some  underground  thrash  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover darkness,  violence  satanic  and  pagan  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  all  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live.  

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  live  album  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  band,  you  probably  already  own  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deathcrush"  "The  Freezing  Moon"  "Pagan  Fears"  and  "Pure  Fucking  Armageddon".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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