Feb 182014

Are you sitting down? You should sit down for this: Seven years after the release of Ordo Ad Chao, Norway’s legendary Mayhem have recorded a new album due near the end of May from Season of Mist. This morning the band premiered the first advance track, named “Psywar”, through a lyric video with very cool artwork by the very talented Costin Chioreanu. It appears that “Psywar” will be released as a 7″ vinyl EP in advance of the album; it’s already available for pre-order here.

The song is very much worth hearing, wholly apart from the fact that it comes from Mayhem (whose ranks now include Attila Csihar, Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, and new member Teloch). It combines black metal venom, death metal might, and a fog of alien atmospherics.

If for some reason you’re unable to access the video below, Mayhem have provided links on their FB page to other locations around the world where it can be streamed:




  1. They managed to capture the spirit of their older works quite well in this song (the first half is musically more “recent”) . I like it!

  2. Wow. Not used to a Mayhem this catchy. But I love it. Teloch does no wrong.

  3. Well this makes me excited for a new Mayhem album. On a related note, I need more Mayhem. I’ve only got Deathcrush, De Mysteriis, and Chimera.

  4. This is pretty great. I liked when he sang the word “INSIIIIIIIIDE!”


  5. I like the pressrelease. Not as great as The monolith deathcult’s, but few reach that level:

    So yes, MAYHEM and Season of Mist are teaming up again, 15 years after the inception of their collaboration.

    “We were chilling at this brothel in France after a gig”, the band comments. “Suddenly, coming out from one of the dungeon rooms, we saw a well known, oddly shaped figure. Of course we started to have a “few” drinks with the bastard, and the rest of the night is a black hole. In the morning we woke up with a new contract between us and Season of Mist. The rascal tricked us, AGAIN!”

    Season of Mist chairman Michael Berberian adds: “When the question was raised to work with Mayhem again, I thought to myself “Oh please, not again”. I mean, that girl was pretty in the 90’s, but since then years of drugs, party and abuse took their toll. But nevertheless, for old times’ sake, and also remembering that chick always delivered, we made an offer. And we added a dental plan, knowing that would make the difference as they are getting in THAT age…”

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