Sound — 10
Mayhem is one of the greatest black metal bands ever. Mayhem may have the usual formula of most norweigian black metal bands wich is blast beats, heavy guitar, and shriecking vocals but there is something special about this album that I cant put my finger on it. The beginning of the tale of this album begins in 1992, Mayhem was getting ready to record De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, but Mayhem did not have a singer until later on in the sessions in March 1993, when Attila Cshiar joined. Later when DMDS was almost complete, Count Grishnakh (bassist) was having arguments with Euronymous (guitarist) about money the Euronymous ode to Grishnakh and according to Grishnakh, Euronymous wanted to kill him. On August 10th 1993 Grishnakh and Blackthorn (2nd guitarist) went over to Euronymous's house Grishnackh woke Euronymous up and stabbed him to death. Grishnakh was sent to jail and thats were he remains today. Grishnakh did manage to record the last two Burzum albums (Burzum was his one man band). Hellhammer (drummer) reformed Mayhem in 1995 and is still around today.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are really gloomy. Mayhem's former singer Dead wrote "Freezing Moon" in 1988 wich is about dying and coming back to kill others if they follow the freezing moon. Dead committed suicide on April 8th 1991. Attila Cshiar sings on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and Cshiar's singing skills are great, he can do the normal black metal voice and he can do an operetic voice, the best example of Cshiar's singing is on the the song "De Mysteriis Dom Sathans."
Overall Impression — 10
De Mysteriis Dom Sathans is a classic. The highlights on this album are "Funeral Fog," "Freezing Moon," "Pagan Fears" and "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas." If it were lost or stolen I really would'nt have any problem because I ripped all the songs on the compact disc to my computer and I can make back ups and I have the whole album on my iPod.