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Necrobutcher once stated that it was something that Dead liked to do. “He had the ability to do it and the audience to do it. I think he liked to see how people reacted.” Other than these unusual and unheard of antics, according to several of his contemporaries, Dead also became the first musician to wear corpse-paint on stage, something he already did in his days with his previous band Morbid. He also had a very unorthodox policy of preparing his stage clothes for the band’s concerts as Hellhammer explained: “Before the shows, Dead used to bury his clothes into the ground so that they could start to rot and get that ‘grave’ scent. He was a ‘corpse’ on a stage. Once he even asked us to bury him in the ground - he wanted his skin to become pale” (Dmitry Basik, 1998). Ohlin also had the habit of collecting dead animals, such as crows, which he stored and carried around in plastic bags. He used to smell these birds in order to sing “with the stench of death in his nostrils”. Mayhem’s live reputation was building up in Norway and Germany, but some locals in Turkey still recently remembered this line-up’s impact, from when the band went there in

1990. They by train, and when arriving at the border, security officers threw out all the equipment. Being pissed off at what happened, the band got arrested and some of the members handcuffed. At the time of the show, the locals had cut off the power after only four songs. According to Necrobutcher, “A lot of journalists were there. When they cut the power the band was just screaming ‘Fuck You’, ‘Fuck You’”. Sometime afterwards, everyone who went on vacation to that place, which was called Izmir, still heard the locals talking about this crazy band of guys from Norway and Sweden (Pure Fucking Mayhem, 2009). Upon returning from tour, relationships within the band were strained, particularly between Dead and Euronymous. Both members were getting on each other’s nerves and their once existing friendship was starting to deteriorate. Hellhammer recalled that one time Dead had to go to sleep in the woods because Euronymous was playing synth music which Ohlin disliked. After that Aarseth went outside with a shotgun and started shooting in the air to disturb the young swede. At the same time, Ohlin was also developing serious suicidal intentions, which were only fueled by Euronymous, much to his friends’

dislike and concern (Once Upon a Time in Norway, 2007). According to several people, Aarseth thought that this could have fit the image that Mayhem was trying to promote. Former drummer Manheim stated on the “Once Upon a Time in Norway” documentary: “I don’t know if Øystein did it out of pure evil or if he was just fooling around.” The situation reached a boiling point on the 8 April 1991, a day that would mark the end of this legendary lineup for the worst reasons. After being left alone in the band’s house in the woods, Pelle Ohlin committed suicide. The singer first tried to cut his wrist veins with a kitchen knife before deciding to permanently end his life with a shotgun blast to his head. The shells used were a Christmas present from a friend of the band named Kristian “Varg” Vikernes, someone who would have a detrimental role in Mayhem’s history in the near future. Hellhammer was at the time at his parents’ house while Euronymous was the first to arrive at the scene, after having to enter the house through the window of Ohlin’s room, due to the fact that there was only one key to the house and Ohlin locked the main entrance from inside (deadfrommayhem.ru, 2009). There was a suicide note next

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