Metal Fucked-Up Black Metal Band on the Face of the Planet
posted by September 21 at 12:54 PMon
Holy fucking shit indeed! I didn’t go to Decibel last night but I did get my mind blown in a different way when my fact-hoarding boyfriend told me the story about the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
Did you know about these crazy fuckers!?
The band was Euronymous, Necrobutcher, Manheim, and Maniac. After a few records and rising popularity, Manheim and Maniac left the band, being replaced by Dead and Hellhammer.
They were known for planting pig’s heads on stakes and cutting themselves during shows. Their lyrics were mostly focused around death, depression, evil, and Satanism (no shit).
But it wasn’t their on-stage antics or their music that made them infamous. It was what the band members did off-stage, which is a flurry of rumors that include suicide, murder, and making brain stew and skull jewelry.
Let’s start with Dead (all quotes taken from Wikipedia, emphasis mine):
Dead had, over time, carefully cultivated a notoriety for strange behaviour; once burying a set of clothes underground for weeks so that he could later wear the decaying rags on stage. He had kept a rotting raven in a plastic bag so better to “inhale the scent of death” before going on stage.
About four years after Dead joined the band (replacing a guy who committed himself to a mental institution, no less), he killed himself:
By April 1991, Dead was found dead at the age of 22, having suffered a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head and several lacerations to the wrists, inflicted by a knife he had bought that day. Dead committed suicide in a house he was sharing in KrŚkstad with the other members of the band, and left a note saying “Excuse all the blood.” Other members of the band claimed it was more extensive, also saying “The knife was too dull to finish the job so I had to use the shotgun.”
After Dead’s death, Necrobutcher left the band, leaving only two—Euronymous and Hellhammer.
Euronymous was particularly cold and opportunistic about Dead’s suicide; in interviews he claimed, speciously, that Dead had killed himself due to the rising popularity of death metal, the American movement Black Metal had risen against. Hellhammer claimed that Euronymous had taken pieces of Dead’s brain and made a stew, in which he had put ham, frozen vegetables, and pepper: “He’d always said he wanted to eat flesh, so he figured this was an easy way.” However, Euronymous later admitted that he had not actually eaten any part of Dead’s body, though he had intended to. Euronymous also claimed to have collected and forged fragments of Dead’s skull into necklaces, sending pieces to those he felt ‘worthy’ (amongst those rumoured to be in possession of such pieces are the members of Swedish black metal band Marduk & Abruptum). Hellhammer has said he made a necklace from Dead’s skull fragments as well.
Attila Csihar and Kristian Vikernes (Varg Vikernes, member of Burzum) joined the band. That’s when shit really started to fly:
On the morning of August 10, 1993, Vikernes traveled, along with 21 year old Blackthorn (Snorre Westvold, of the band Thorns), the seven hours between Bergen to Euronymous’s apartment in Oslo. They created alibis, en route, by getting friends to rent a video locally in their names. Upon arrival, Vikernes fatally stabbed Euronymous with a knife, although Vikernes claims that Euronymous had been planning to kill him for quite some time, and that upon his arrival to Euronymous’ apartment, Euronymous had attempted to attack him first. The autopsy revealed that Euronymous suffered twenty-three stab wounds: two to the head, five to the neck & sixteen to the back. However, Vikernes claims that Euronymous fell onto pieces of broken glass, from a lamp shade broken in the ruckus, which he says, attributed to the multiple puncture wounds.
And now Vikernes continues to make records from prison under the name Burzum.
Jonah tells me that Vice Magazine did a story on them awhile back, so maybe I’m the only one in the world who never heard about this. I’m just a little blond girl from Lake Stevens, WA, my mom and dad kept this kind of shit far, far away from me. Thankfully. Good thing I have a corrupting boyfriend to keep me cool, though.