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The “New” Mayhem Even before Mayhem could think about recording new music, the first step the band took in the path of delivering “Esoteric Warfare” to the world came in the search of a replacement for a former and highly influential band member that took some time, as Jørn Stubberud, aka “Necrobutcher”, revealed: “It’s been some years since our last album, “Ordo ad Chao”, that was released in 2007, and due to the fact that our songwriter then for 13 years, Blasphemer left the band, we had, not only to find a new guitarist, but somebody that could write some music for Mayhem, and so the process took some years…” The search for a new guitarist wasn’t an immediate process, as Mayhem changed from a four to a five-piece

ensemble when testing out future replacements for Rune Eriksen. The band first recruited guitarists Silmaeth and Morfeus in 2008 to fulfill a string of live performances and to simultaneously check if these guitarists could write music for Mayhem’s next record. However, they also had their sights on other possible contributors who could fill in for the vacant guitarist spot. Necrobutcher recalled the process: “Both of these guitarists were involved at some time, Silmaeth, a French guitarist and Morfeus, Norwegian guitarist, and we also have listened and tried out others. Two American guitarists, a couple of other Norwegian, Alex Colin-Toucquaine from the French band Aggressor, and we also looked at external, previous Mayhem members for material for the new album.”

As it turns out, one of these previous members was Snorre “Blackthorn” Ruch of Thorns, who had been in Mayhem in the “De Mysteriis” days and even helped to write some of the material that ended up on the band’s legendary debut. Necrobutcher confirmed this, when asked if the band had talked to Ruch to enter Mayhem’s ranks, and even opened the possibility for further collaborations: “We were looking for associated [people] from Mayhem to write music. Yes, it is true. I was talking to him about it. I went to his house and we had a discussion about it. Who knows in the future, maybe he’ll write something for us in the future (…) Mayhem, we don’t have any restrictions on ourselves, we can do anything we want. That’s why we talked to Snorre. Snorre is a good friend of ours, always has been, so he was a natural guy to talk to in the time

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f99yfqzhxgr81l4/against_08_interactive.pdf

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