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De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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ayhem had already previously set the title of their debut album as “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, even dating back to the days when Dead was still in the band. Translated, the title means “About the Mystery of Lord Satan”. An explanation on the expression can be found on the Heavy Latin blog: “‘Dom’ is the abbrevation of ‘dominus - lord, master’, here in the genitive form ‘domini - of the lord’. ‘Sathanas’ (correct: satanas) is the genitive form in ancient greek of the word ‘satan’” (Markheim, 2008). Before recording could commence, Euronymous and Hellhammer still needed additional session musicians to record all the songs the band had

been composing for the last five years up to 1992. Burzum’s own Varg Vikernes, who assumed the stage name “Count Grishnackh”, was drafted to play bass, while a young Hungarian singer from the band Tormentor called Attila Csihar eventually filled the vocal spot. Euronymous had already begun to correspond with Csihar back in 1991 as the singer explained: “I was asked to join Mayhem in 1991, or that was the first time that I heard from Euronymous. He reached me somehow in Hungary (…) it was pretty much like a miracle. I just got a letter from Euronymous one day. It took me two years before I was standing in front of the microphone. They had already composed some songs back then” (Quadrivium #5, 2008). Attila Csihar first met the members of Mayhem upon arriving by train on Oslo. He was greeted by Euronymous

and Vikernes who went to catch the vocalist on the train station and remembered their first encounter: “We entered the car of Varg. He had this old red Volkswagen Golf. (…) He put on some techno music. I was like ‘Wow, I like it!’ Heheh! Because I came from Plasma Pool. But it was a bit more commercial thing. Later I understood that he did it only to piss off Euronymous” (Quadrivium #5, 2008). Also around this time, Snorre “Blackthorn” Ruch joined Mayhem’s ranks as a composer and rhythm guitarist to help finish the recording of “De Mysteriis”. Though not recording any guitar tracks, according to himself, Ruch ended up writing some of the riffs on the record and even finished some of Dead’s lyrics (Agnes Sonderkrig). In respect to the songwriting credits, Vikernes once claimed in an interview done in 2005 by Chris Mitchell and

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