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Live in Leipzig

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2007 reissue of this live album from the Norwegian Black Metal band, originally released in 1990. Features nine tracks including ’Deathcrush’, ’Carnage’ and ’Funeral Fog’. Peaceville.

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  • The sound, the feel, the look of black metal; never has it been captured in a more perfect light than on Mayhem’s ‘Live in Leipzig’ release. Though originally released in 1993, two years before the original black metal scene reached its pinnacle, its place as a classic album (live or otherwise) still stands to this very day, having been matched by few and topped by none. The production is raw and primitive (two words vastly over-used to describe subsequent black metal albums) allowing Dead’s tortured vocals and Euronymous’s thrashing and nihilistic riffs to flow from your speakers with such a jagged flair that only a live performance could give. Said production sound is necessary to fully get a feel for the album, simply to hear all of the little nuances in the performances (see Hellhammer’s near perfect drum fills that permeate the whole of the album). The exact definition of the genre that Mayhem helped push to the forefront of the metal scene can be found on this album in the form of “Freezing Moon” (my personal pick for greatest black metal song ever recorded, ever). One listen to the lyrics, the riffs, and the chill inducing guitar solo and you will fully understand exactly what the genre is. ‘Live in Leipzig’ is easily the pinnacle of the early black metal scene and definitely a true metal masterpiece.

    10 / 10

    Posted on February 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Let’s face it, when it comes to Mayhem we all have our preferred vocalist. Mine is Dead, my boyfriend’s is Maniac, and my friends is Attila.. either way we all agree that Live In Leipzig is a hellofa album! I heard people bitching about the sound quality.. but do those people really know anything about Black Metal history??? The members of this band were starving at times! Lets see you put out a high quality sound album in a dinky recording studio in Norway..! Back to the subject,.. if its great lyrics, loud music, tremendous musicians, and a memorable album your looking for.. then this one is for you! I personally think it’s better than De Mysteriis.. but that is only my opinion.. I have been a Black Metal fan for well over 7 years and I still think this is the BEST album I own. You also might try picking up “Tribute To The Black Emperors” Mayhem/Morbid split if you fall in love with this album.. Don’t let the people saying the sound quality is bad discourage you from buying this album.. the sound quality is NOT bad at all.. (Put it this way.. it does NOT sound like it was recorded in someone’s bathroom with shotty mics.) Do yourself a favor and buy!!

    Posted on February 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • OK the sound quality is very low and the production is very poor, but hey this live show was recorded not to be an album is because of dead’s death that the band decided to make a tribute CD to him and of all their live recordings they made, Live in Leipzig got the best sound of all so they decided to make this show an official live album.

    Don’t expect good sound of the musical instruments here. But dead’s voice is very clear and loud. So I recommend this CD only to people that want to know how dead’s voice was and how the band played some songs of de mysteriis with him.

    If you are new with this band don’t listen to this CD yet, get de mysteriis or deathcrush first and then if you like them and want to know about dead’s voice then try this live CD

    Posted on February 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve listened to Mayhem since I was 14. I bought this album around the same time ‘Wrath Of The Tyrant’, ‘Transilvanian Hunger’, and ‘Hvis Lyset Tar Oss’ came into my posession. I’d sit for hours obsessing over the fuzzy, hissing, grinding noise coming from my headphones. I lived for trve, kult, grim, nekro, frostbitten Black Metal hatred. Before long, I discovered the wonders of technical riffs, odd time signatures, and the music of Sweden (amongst other non-Norwegian countries), and off I went into the vast wastelands of Extreme music.

    I spent all the years between then and now searching for the most volatile, explosive, eardrum-mutilating sounds ever laid to tape. Faster, slower, heavier, lower, higher, longer, shorter, from the deafening quiet of extreme minimalism to the speaker blowing nails-on-chalkboard extremist sound manipulators (Thanks for the pain, Merzbow.)

    Along the way I’ve experienced some pretty stunning displays of sonic violence, things the average Headbanger’s Ball viewer would refer to as ‘What the f**k is that noise?’. And yet listening to it years later, I realize there are still precious few recordings that do for my self-destructive inner child what Live In Leipzig can. This is it. The greatest. This is the end of extreme.

    The sound is perfect. Don’t let anyone fool you. Triggers and Pro-Tools don’t equal good production, and I wouldn’t love this recording as much if every instrument wasn’t peaking out the mix in all it’s ugliest glory. Aarseth’s guitar tone is one of the most unlistenably beautiful sounds I’ve ever gritted my teeth over. And the vocals… there’s just nothing like this. The rage, the bile, the hate, just listening to Dead’s acid howl was enough to make one realize that he really didn’t like you, and more than anything in the world he’d probably like to stab you with something.

    Own this album. There’s nothing else to say. An unprecedented work of youthful aggression and the pure devotion to making music that only the truly fearless could ever call their own.

    Posted on February 3, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When they weren’t busy burning churches or killing each other these crazy kids from Norway found time to be a band. Not just any band, this is Mayhem, pioneers of black metal. Influenced by Venom, Bathory, Slayer, and the like, Mayhem set out to be harder and scarier than any band that came before. This CD, Live at Leipzig, serves as a snapshot of what they were at the time. It is aggressive and raw. It is also supposedly one of the only recordings that has Dead, Euronymous, and Count Grisnackh (Varg Vikerness) all playing on it.

    Live at Leipzig is to black metal what the Stooges’ Raw Power is to punk. It captures the unfiltered essence of the genre. The musicianship is loose. The guitars are in the red and the vocals are high wails and rough snarls. With songs like “Chainsaw Gutsf***”, there is no easy listening here. In this live format the track “Pure F***ing Armageddon” lives up to it’s name.

    Is Live at Leipzig a good CD? Well… I can’t dance to it. It scares the hell out of my girlfriend and my pets. Musically, lyrically, and in overall production it is creepy and appalling. However, black metal is supposed to be creepy and appalling. Black metal taps into anger, aggression, and violent fantasy. Here Mayhem succeed. They did exactly what they set out to do, they are harder and scarier than all of their influences. It must be difficult having a career where you constantly submerge yourself in anger and violence because, unfortunately, this line-up of Mayhem didn’t survive very long past this recording. The handful of early Mayhem recordings laid the groundwork for all subsequent black metal bands. If you are interested in the genre and can stomach the violence and occult imagery than I recommend Live at Leipzig.

    Posted on February 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now