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On 1/6/2018 at 2:44 AM, BlutAusNerd said:

I hope that you're not disappointed as you were in the past. They had the lights low, asked for no photographs, and even engineered Hellhammer's drums to sound like they did on the album. It was tastefully minimal, and did justice to the greatest black metal album of all time IMO.

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Not sure how I missed this. I've written an assessment of the Mayhem 'De Mysteriis' show elsewhere - I think I went with True Belief actually.

It was a real pantomime performance with purple velvet table, fake candelabras, phony smoke machine. It was Harry Potter metal. I just don't know about this band anymore. Also, they literally only played 'De Mysteriis', so they were on and off the stage in 45 minutes flat. Melbourne is a long way to come for a 45 minute set and a phat paycheck. There was no spirit of danger or rebellion. It was as safe as a fat goth chick's Halloween party and even less entertaining. 

 

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Not sure how I missed this. I've written an assessment of the Mayhem 'De Mysteriis' show elsewhere - I think I went with True Belief actually.
It was a real pantomime performance with purple velvet table, fake candelabras, phony smoke machine. It was Harry Potter metal. I just don't know about this band anymore. Also, they literally only played 'De Mysteriis', so they were on and off the stage in 45 minutes flat. Melbourne is a long way to come for a 45 minute set and a phat paycheck. There was no spirit of danger or rebellion. It was as safe as a fat goth chick's Halloween party and even less entertaining. 
 
Agree to disagree, I suppose.

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On 5/5/2018 at 8:04 AM, Requiem said:

Not sure how I missed this. I've written an assessment of the Mayhem 'De Mysteriis' show elsewhere - I think I went with True Belief actually.

It was a real pantomime performance with purple velvet table, fake candelabras, phony smoke machine. It was Harry Potter metal. I just don't know about this band anymore. Also, they literally only played 'De Mysteriis', so they were on and off the stage in 45 minutes flat. Melbourne is a long way to come for a 45 minute set and a phat paycheck. There was no spirit of danger or rebellion. It was as safe as a fat goth chick's Halloween party and even less entertaining. 

 

I actually went to the Sydney De Mysteriis show and it was very much the same. Hell, the venue even ran out of beer about 3/4 of the way through the set. I admit i did enjoy the music & theatrics more this time round, in comparison to when i saw them back in (i think it was) 2002 with Maniac which was absolute chaos. I did get to go drinking with Blasphemer & Hellhammer afterwards which was kind of cool though, but that's another story. 

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49 minutes ago, Paragon_Belial said:

I actually went to the Sydney De Mysteriis show and it was very much the same. Hell, the venue even ran out of beer about 3/4 of the way through the set. I admit i did enjoy the music & theatrics more this time round, in comparison to when i saw them back in (i think it was) 2002 with Maniac which was absolute chaos. I did get to go drinking with Blasphemer & Hellhammer afterwards which was kind of cool though, but that's another story. 

Well, that's a story I really want to hear. How did you manage to form a drinking party with those guys? 

I saw them on the 2002 tour as well (I've been telling everyone it was 2001 from memory, but I must be out by a year), and I much preferred them back then. It was much more raw and dangerous, and to this day it's my favourite Mayhem show. I think I've seen them about five times all up and it's become safer and more boring each time. 

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I definitely agree there, the 2002 show was by far more chaotic & violent, on and off stage. Probably only second to the time i saw The Exploited and found myself wading through a handful of fistfights between Punks & Nazi-Skins just to get a beer. lol. 

It was actually pretty unexpected. After the show, i struck up a conversation with some punk dude who was heading to a club to keep drinking, so i figured i'd just go and have a couple with him. After a few drinks there, he got into a fight was escorted out. I figured i didn't want to sit there by myself so i walked back towards the train station. Along the way i met some dude in a Marduk shirt that was waiting for a bus, so we started talking about the show. A few minutes later a group of maybe 10 people or so approached us and asked us where they could find a good bar to drink at. We told them and they invited us to come along, so we did. Didn't even occur to me until about 10 minutes later that one of the guys was hellhammer. We went into the pub and found a couple tables to sit at. Next thing i know, i'm having a conversation with Blasphemer about the designs of the tour shirts and how he liked the Australian ones better than the ones in Europe. Dude was even nice enough to unexpectedly shout me a beer. Didn't last for too long though as some dude seemed to offend him and he wound up grabbing the guy by the throat and pinning him to a pool table. It cooled down for a while and then Hellhammer started complaining about there being no Alice Cooper in the jukebox and proceeded to hit it with a pool queue. I left shortly after that because i needed to get a train home. Not sure what happened after that, but it was a trip. Blasphemer seemed like a really down to earth guy, didn't really converse with Hellhammer though. 

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9 hours ago, Paragon_Belial said:

I definitely agree there, the 2002 show was by far more chaotic & violent, on and off stage. Probably only second to the time i saw The Exploited and found myself wading through a handful of fistfights between Punks & Nazi-Skins just to get a beer. lol. 

It was actually pretty unexpected. After the show, i struck up a conversation with some punk dude who was heading to a club to keep drinking, so i figured i'd just go and have a couple with him. After a few drinks there, he got into a fight was escorted out. I figured i didn't want to sit there by myself so i walked back towards the train station. Along the way i met some dude in a Marduk shirt that was waiting for a bus, so we started talking about the show. A few minutes later a group of maybe 10 people or so approached us and asked us where they could find a good bar to drink at. We told them and they invited us to come along, so we did. Didn't even occur to me until about 10 minutes later that one of the guys was hellhammer. We went into the pub and found a couple tables to sit at. Next thing i know, i'm having a conversation with Blasphemer about the designs of the tour shirts and how he liked the Australian ones better than the ones in Europe. Dude was even nice enough to unexpectedly shout me a beer. Didn't last for too long though as some dude seemed to offend him and he wound up grabbing the guy by the throat and pinning him to a pool table. It cooled down for a while and then Hellhammer started complaining about there being no Alice Cooper in the jukebox and proceeded to hit it with a pool queue. I left shortly after that because i needed to get a train home. Not sure what happened after that, but it was a trip. Blasphemer seemed like a really down to earth guy, didn't really converse with Hellhammer though. 

haha, this is brilliant. Here is what I like about your post: 

1. Your unerring ability to make friends wherever you go. 

2. Your ability to keep drinking well after a show. I'm lucky to make it to the final song...

3. Blasphemer being down to earth despite pinning someone to a pool table by the throat. 

4. Hellhammer's Alice Cooper induced pool cue violence. 

The closest I've come to them was at an instore signing for that same show in Melbourne. Very intense and interesting people. Very exotic for a 22 year old Australian bloke like me. 

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On 6/7/2018 at 8:45 PM, Requiem said:

haha, this is brilliant. Here is what I like about your post: 

1. Your unerring ability to make friends wherever you go. 

2. Your ability to keep drinking well after a show. I'm lucky to make it to the final song...

3. Blasphemer being down to earth despite pinning someone to a pool table by the throat. 

4. Hellhammer's Alice Cooper induced pool cue violence. 

The closest I've come to them was at an instore signing for that same show in Melbourne. Very intense and interesting people. Very exotic for a 22 year old Australian bloke like me. 

Hahaha. Thanks man, appreciate it. Come to think of it, i might very well have been around the same age when that happened. Still, at least you got a signed memento which is pretty damn sweet in it's own right. 

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I caught the Grand Declaration tour in NYC a year or two before that, and it was great. Still one of the best black metal shows I've seen, even though Mayhem in general doesn't appeal to me very much.

Maniac sounded great. I guess there was some legal issue with him cutting himself onstage, because he'd already taken care of that before they came out. He took the bandages off his arms and made a big show of licking blood off his fingers and letting audience members smear their hands around in the cuts. Super tasty.

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5 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I caught the Grand Declaration tour in NYC a year or two before that, and it was great. Still one of the best black metal shows I've seen, even though Mayhem in general doesn't appeal to me very much.

Maniac sounded great. I guess there was some legal issue with him cutting himself onstage, because he'd already taken care of that before they came out. He took the bandages off his arms and made a big show of licking blood off his fingers and letting audience members smear their hands around in the cuts. Super tasty.

A far cry from the pantomime poncing of the current touring band doing a school production style Phantom of the Opera job on 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'. Those were indeed the days. 

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