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Mayhem/chimera

Discussion in 'Your Reviews' started by Alteredmindeath, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. Alteredmindeath

    Alteredmindeath Wasteland Survivor

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    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]I fully understand if many people greet this new Mayhem release with cynicism. Their previous offering, 'Grand Declaration Of War', threw a complete curveball at people's expectations and copped a severe bagging from a lot of fans and the media. For the most part I actually didn't mind it; in a scene filled to the brim with countless crap, copycat symphonic black metal bands it was refreshing to hear a band (let alone one of the pioneers) drag it off in a new direction. Most of the criticism was levelled at the more experimental tracks, plus Maniac's vocals, so if this was your beef with 'GDOW' then read on...[/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Obviously Mayhem aren't ever going to please anyone who reckons the band truly died with the passing of either Dead or Euronymous, but 'Chimera' is a serious slab of no-fucking-around modern black metal. The sound is unmistakably Mayhem, like one step back into their past, but then another step forwards in another direction. And if you thought the musicianship was fast and tight on 'GDOW', you'll be mighty impressed with Hellhammer's and Blasphemer's work on this. Chimera isn't all about speed, however, and the eight tracks presented on this album (totalling 45 minutes) are a good balance of both furious black metal and then some slower tracks. No experimental tracks to be heard here.[/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Maniac has made some considerable changes to his vocal style, which should hopefully satisfy quite a few. There's no pompous, quasi-militant spoken word on the album, just the odd moment of deep and haunting clean vocals, and the rest of the delivery is a savage snarl - and not like the forceless screeching heard on 'GDOW'.[/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The mix of the album is solid and well suited to the music, with the drums in particular sounding less tinny that before. And for added cred (or authenticity, or for whatever bloody reason) the album was apparently recorded in a mobile studio in a remote Norwegian forest.[/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Simply put, even if you've only got a tiny shred of faith left in Mayhem then you should really give this album a fair listen, as it proves there's still a lot of life in a band that's been through so bloody much. As I mentioned before, this album is unmistakably Mayhem, and if you're able to maintain an arguably unique sound in such a crowded genre then you're doing something right. Mayhem are back in the game, lads.[/font]

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]8/10[/font]​

     
  2. Rottuated

    Rottuated Live Free Or Die

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    I actually liked it. Obviously, I think it won't ever be as good as older Mayhem, but I liked it. I like the fact that they didn't branch off and do something stupid (in my opinion) like adding a symphonic element. The band has been through so much shit, I'm surprised they can still manage a good album. I'd say 8/10 is a fair rating for this album.
     
  3. no country for old wainds

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    It's not as awful as Grand Declaration of War, and it's better than I expected, but it's still a very average release.
     
  4. Life Sucks

    Life Sucks and then you die

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    I like it better than GDoW, mostly because it doesn't have those awful sounding spoken word vocals. It is not as good as De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas though. It is not kvlt black metal, but it is still a good CD.
     
  5. VitalMarcus

    VitalMarcus Formerly Slaughterofsoul

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    The last Mayhem album I fully enjoyed, well, ep, was Wolf's Lair Abyss. GDOW has one good song, but I can't even pick out a winner on Chimera. I'm glad I downloaded it before I bought it.
     
  6. Henrik Main

    Henrik Main Hello

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    I think it's pretty good, although nothing will ever surpass "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".
     
  7. Bleakest Harvest

    Bleakest Harvest \m/Misanthropic Hippy\m/

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    it's quite a good release imo, check out my review of it here :)
     
  8. Nate The Great

    Nate The Great What would Nathan do?

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    Hey, Alteredmindeath! Check your PM's!
     
  9. Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows BENEATH THE SMOKE I RISE

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    well put!
     
  10. NietzscheanLegacy

    NietzscheanLegacy Twilight of Billy Idol

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    I really liked GDoW, but I do admit Maniac's vocals ruined it for me after a while. I actually liked the military feel upon first hearing it, but then he kept doing it through the whole album. It got old quick, but aside from that, instrumentally that album fuckin rules!
     

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