CD Grand Declaration of War [Mayhem (Metal)] [822603102727] (CD 1042252),
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Grand Declaration of War [Mayhem (Metal)] [822603102727]

  • 1. Grand Declaration of War
    2. In the Lies Where Upon You Lay
    3. Time to Die, A
    4. View From Nihil
    5. II Trincipe
    6. Blood Sword and a Colder Sun, A
    7. Crystalized Pain in Deconstruction
    8. Completion in Science of Agony
    9. To Daimonion
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3102

  • Credits

    Licensed to Necropolis Records by Season Of Mist (France).
    Truth be told, the vast majority of death metal artists are no more harmful than Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe were; they might be fascinated with the dark side and talk about it convincingly, but they aren't really living the evil they focus on. Mayhem, however, is another matter; its members took their obsession with evil and darkness to the extreme in the 1990s, when a murder, a suicide, an act of cannibalism, and a variety of satanic, anti-Christian activity all became part of the Norwegian headbangers' disturbing history. Not surprisingly, Mayhem is extremely controversial and has received a great deal of bad publicity in Europe, which hasn't prevented it from maintaining a loyal cult following. If anything, all that negative publicity has helped Mayhem sell albums; in some cases, people who aren't necessarily big death metal fans have bought their albums out of morbid curiosity (just as some of the people who went out and bought 2Pac Shakur's albums after his murder weren't necessarily big gangsta rap fans -- they just wanted to hear what all of the fuss was about). Mayhem's infamous history, however, shouldn't obscure the fact that it is one of the best bands in the death metal field. Personnel changes and all, Mayhem has outdone itself with the epic Grand Declaration of War, which could arguably be described as death metal's equivalent of Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime. This isn't to say that Mayhem sounds anything at all like Queensryche, only that this conceptual album is a lot more elaborate, musical, challenging, and complex than a death metal release would ordinarily be. With Grand Declaration of War, you won't be picking out your favorite tracks; this CD must be approached as a single body of work, and to fully appreciate it, one needs to listen to it from start to finish without interruption. Grand Declaration of War won't appeal to anyone with a short attention span, but for those who can sit down and really give this CD their undivided attention, the rewards are great. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (10/00, p.100) - 4 out of 5 - "...[They've] expanded their sonic parameters and have started down a new, untrodden's not what anybody could have expected from any other black-metal band....recited in the manner of Laibach...the beats owe plenty to the Slovenian mock-fascists..."
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