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Mayhem, Immolation, Black Anvil

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

For as long as there have been gloomy photo shoots of black-clad bandmembers in corpse paint and a mainstream fear of black metal, there has been Mayhem. The band formed in 1984 in Olso, Norway and more or less created the realm that we now think of as Norwegian black metal. The early years of Mayhem were exciting for the genre, but also alarming for the music world. The Mayhem mythos is filled with outrageous live stunts, media panic, skin-crawling ideologies, and the violent deaths of members. The band has released five studio albums, five live albums, and an abundance of projects through their timeline. Their more modern albums have gained a lot of attention, including their 2007 release Ordo Ad Chao, their highest charting album to date. This release delves into a more experimental approach to songwriting and thematic lyrical content. Mayhem is joined here by New York death metal band Immolation, who are known for their complex songwriting and grueling vocals. Their legacy spans 10 studio albums, including their 2017 release Atonement. Black Anvil is a comparably younger black metal band that starts the show with their blend of modern black metal and raw thrash metal, as captured on the new album As Was. —John McCracken

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