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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must-have for Mayhem fans., 6 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Mediolanum Capta Est (Audio CD)
Mayhem are a band about which many people are iffy. Not with me, I've always taken a liking to the band, for reasons having to do with music and not with their outer doings. (For those who need to ask what these "outer doings" are, read no further.) From the raw thrash/black days of Deathcrush, to the straight black metal days of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, to the more modern black metal attack of the Euronymous-less Wolf's Lair Abyss, Mayhem have always possessed the raw yet refined element that I like. While not being the most proficient musicians (outside of the brilliant Hellhammer), they were able to create great music. Forever known for their drunken live performances, Mayhem decided to actually put some effort into recording one, and I wasn't sure what to expect. This, however, rocks. Mayhem actually sound pretty tight on this CD, which would surprise most all skeptics. The production on this live album is very pristine, which is cool because Hellhammer's drum fills are more audible and the guitar parts are clearer and the vocal line shines through like never before, making this a definite experience. Despite what other Mayhem fans say, I love Maniac's vocal style, and he really shines out on this album with his raspy style. Classics like "Necrolust," "Carnage," and "Deathcrush" really sound more beefed up, heavier, and more chaotic on this album, while newer numbers like "Fall of Seraphs" sound 300 times better than they did on the original (Wolf's Lair Abyss - Ed.). The De Mysteriis tracks on this album benefit from having a somewhat capable lead guitarist (gone are the weak, dynamic-less guitar solos that Euronymous played), and many of the older songs seem to be altered slightly enough so that it makes the song more interesting, yet keeps the same spirit of the past with it as well. Attila also guests on "From the Dark Past", which makes me wonder where the hell he left that voice when recording De Mysteriis, as he sounds much more chilling and not cheesy at all. And make no mistake about it, Hellhammer's drumming is killer on this album, his fills just really beef this sucker up. The between-song banter is funny at times, and establishes more of a live feel to the CD than past live albums, and Blasphemer is a much more capable guitarist than Euronymous. While his original material may not have had the same feel, he possesses more talent and better conveys some of Euronymous's ideas, while not stepping on his grave in doing it.
Overall, I think this is a CD that might actually give Mayhem more respect than they've been getting. Definitely a must-have for Mayhem fans. Skeptics may still not like this, but I think they'll admit this is not the Mayhem they remember - and who says that's a bad thing?
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