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"Mayhem" (also known as "The True Mayhem") is a seminal black metal band formed in 1983, based in Oslo, Norway. The name "Mayhem" was derived from the title of a Venom song, "Mayhem With Mercy". Much controversy has followed the various murders, suicides and other forms of violence that have surrounded the band since its inception.

Over time Mayhem has evolved through a variety of black metal styles, delving at times into areas of dark avant-garde industrial and electronica. Highly influential, the group (especially in its 'classic' incarnation: 1991-1993) is widely considered to be one of the cornerstones of the black metal movement.


Mayhem was founded in 1983 by guitarist / vocalist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth - then 'Destructor'), bassist Necrobutcher (Jørn Stubberud) and drummer Manheim (Kjetil Manheim). Euronymous concentrated solely on guitar following the hiring of vocalist Messiah (Eirik Nordheim) in 1986. After a short period Maniac (Sven Erik Kristiansen) replaced Messiah and the band went on to make, following two previous demos, their third recording and first EP ''Deathcrush'', with Euronymous's newly formed label 'Posercorpse Music'.

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Years active 1983–present
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genre Black metal
stylistic originsDeath Metal, Splatter film, Venom (band)
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