Album Review: Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive


AlbumDe Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive
LabelSeason Of Mist
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: December 15, 2016

We are looking back at an album that you may have missed that deserves to be reviewed. If you are a metal fan and you haven’t heard of Mayhem before, you are missing out on one of the most influential black metal bands of all time.  The storied past of this band is a bit dark and tragic with the deaths of band members Dead and Euronymous before their first album ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ was even released.  The album came out on May 23, 1994 on the label Century Black.  The album had a huge amount of hype to it due to all of the tragedy and notoriety of the band.  The 1990’s black metal movement helped in the bands success.  The album went on to become one of the most influential and highly regarded records of metal and black metal alike.  The album was even placed at number 40 on the Rolling Stone top 100 metal albums of all time list.

With many line up changes over the years, Mayhem decided back in 2016 to play the album in full and record it for a live CD and DVD.  In 2017 they toured all around the world to promote the album.  During the tour cycle when they stopped in Seattle I had a chance to cover the show and wrote a review of the show.  The concert left me with a feeling that I couldn’t shake.  Afterwards I wanted to go back and see and listen to it again.  Luckily I was able to do so with their recorded album ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive.’

The recorded live album has amazing sound quality and is performed flawlessly.  The musicianship and accuracy of the recording is unparalleled to most live album to date.  You can tell that the band put a lot of time and effort into making a live album that will not only please the fans, but will stand the test of time for live albums.  The black metal movement from the 90’s is truly felt with this release.  The band sounds as eerie and evil on the live recording as they did on the studio album.

If you were unable to catch the band on the ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive’ tour last year, you can check out the tour through the live CD and a recording of the album on DVD as well.  So even if you missed one of the shows, or just feel like reliving the bands live performance, you are able to watch at any time.  You can pick upDe Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive’ at most music stores as well as purchasing the live album on music websites.  This is a must have album for any fan of metal.  Below is a video of their hit song “Freezing Moon” recorded during theDe Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive’ tour.


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