Mayhem ‎– Esoteric Warfare

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Watchers 6:19
Psywar 3:25
Trinity 3:57
Pandaemon 2:53
MILAB 6:03
VI.Sec. 4:12
Throne Of Time 4:06
Corpse Of Care 4:06
Posthuman 6:54
Aion Suntelia 5:25

Versions (33)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP US 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD7 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Blu) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD7 Norway 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD1 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Blu) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD1 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCT Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Cle) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCT USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCT Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Cle) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCT Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPES Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Cle) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPES Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD5 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Gre) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD5 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD6 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Ora) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD6 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD2 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Pur) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD2 UK 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD4 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Red) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD4 Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPES Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Spl) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPES US 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD3 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Yel) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD3 Australia 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, TP, W/Lbl) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP France 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333B Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Box, Dlx, Num + 2x12", Album, Red + CD, Album) Season Of Mist SOM 333B Europe 2014 Sell This Version
MZR CD 672 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album) Mazzar Records MZR CD 672 Russia 2014 Sell This Version
icarus 1253 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album) Icarus Music, Season Of Mist icarus 1253 Argentina 2014 Sell This Version
VQCD-10376 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album) Chaos Reigns VQCD-10376 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
HVR025 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album) Helvete Records (2) HVR025 Mexico 2014 Sell This Version
MUTP126 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album) Mutilation Productions, Valhall Music MUTP126 Brazil 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333D Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Season Of Mist SOM 333D US 2014 Sell This Version
MZR CD 672 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Mazzar Records MZR CD 672 Russia 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333D Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album, Ltd, Dig) Season Of Mist SOM 333D Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333T Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album) Season Of Mist SOM 333T Europe 2014 Sell This Version
NEVER015 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album, Ltd, Bla) Never Dead NEVER015 France 2014 Sell This Version
NEVER015 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album, Ltd, Gol) Never Dead NEVER015 France 2014 Sell This Version
UMCS051 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album, Ltd) Undying Music UMCS051 Indonesia 2015 Sell This Version
EDP 034 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album) Evil Dead Production EDP 034 Malaysia 2017 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCG Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Gol) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCG France 2019 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, RP, Gat) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP Europe 2019 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, RP, Gat) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP Europe 2020 Sell This Version
SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCV Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, RP, Gre) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPCV France 2020 Sell This Version
SOM 333 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(CD, Album, RE) Season Of Mist SOM 333 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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cantketchup

cantketchup

April 12, 2021
referencing Esoteric Warfare, 2x12", Album, Ltd, Red, SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD4

Good album, nice red colour no problems on this one!
DarkElfVladarius

DarkElfVladarius

October 1, 2019
referencing Esoteric Warfare, CD, Album, Ltd, Dig, SOM 333D

CD plays well, This album many people don't like. For me it's one of Mayhem's best albums. It's different from the others, it's more mystical, atmospheric, and I like it. It's not Trve Cvlt it's true. But Mayhem is just one of those black metal bands that have music more or less on one hoof. I like their classics, but over time they get tired and I like them more from the habit and history of the band. I also like this album from the music side. It's not the best for me, but soon.
lagad666

lagad666

June 20, 2019
referencing Esoteric Warfare, 2x12", Album, SOM 333LP
I have a golden double lp version. It´s not in the list. May you change that? Label code: SOM 333LPCG. Barcode: 822603600414. Thank you. Kind regards!
Valtier

Valtier

January 1, 2017
referencing Esoteric Warfare, Box, Dlx, Num + 2x12", Album, Red + CD, Album, SOM 333B
Very nice concept and package design here. The whole package looks very good except for the red vinyl. In my opinion black vinyl would have fitted the concept a lot better. The concept is to feel like having old briefs of files and data to yourself. The cd comes in the vinyl look with black surface on both sides and "vinyl grooves" on top, inside a neat slimcase. Black vinyl would have been so fitting! I might have to buy black vinyl version to replace the red ones. Too bad for the bonus song on the red vinyl. The song can fortunately be found on the cd, too. Each song has their own song art printed on to 12"x12" sheet with lyrics on the other side and they look good. Worthy of purchase if you like the album or even just the art by the Polish master.
Darkpast81

Darkpast81

June 27, 2014
referencing Esoteric Warfare, Cass, Album, SOM 333T

The pictures seen up there show a black color tape. Mine is white. Anybody have any infos about a white tape? cheers
eriktheviking1

eriktheviking1

June 18, 2014
referencing Esoteric Warfare, 2x12", Album, Ltd, Cle, SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPES
I do not own this album, however Season of the Mist's page for this album, it says the clear with red splatter is limited to 450. http://www.season-of-mist.com/bands/mayhem
media_tardis

media_tardis

June 6, 2014
referencing Esoteric Warfare, CD, Album, Ltd, Dig, SOM 333D
For those that don't "get it" - this Album, Esoteric Warfare, is written for ONE GUITAR !!
It is written for live shows! - and not for some hyper produced twin guitar iPod earphone experience for the dumb generation totally accustomed and attuned to the "LOUDNESS WARS".
I am sure Esoteric Warfare sounds fantastic on Vinyl for those with a good quality turntable and sound system, and I'd like to say, to the 'smart kids' I have seen buying Vinyl again - Good on Ya's!! : )
This album is horrifying and beautiful. I managed to hear it twice today on a 1500watt sound system and 3 times on my headphones (Sennheiser - average studio pair). The sound through the sound system was unreal. Like a live band. Like Black Metal is supposed to sound. (If you didn't know).
It is written for one guitar but YES, there are some overdubs here and there, but this is essentially now one guitar band (bass, drums, and vox included of course) and is written as such.
But, the guitar overdubs I speak of are very few. Teloch manages very well to span the decades long Mayhem sound with great mini soundscapes within each song with SINGLE guitar work by exiting various tones deftly with quick switches of pedal tapping.
The guitar sound switches from muddy single guitar mono sounds to expansive echoed half distorted guitarscapes in a heartbeat.
And to my surprise Teloch sounds pleasantly like Blasphemer.
I do now wonder did Blasphemer write any of this material? - and if not - WOW again! Teloch did well to capture Mayhem's sound! This album is not so confusingly trippy as Ordo ad Chao - but certainly manages to capture the newer half-psychedelic metal sound with clever production that people expect of Modern intelligent black metal.
This album is not over produced at all. There's a sense in the sound that you KNOW Mayhem can pull off almost all parts of this in a live performance in a club or other live venue, theatre, or Festival.
There's no clever twin 'call and answer' guitars or excessive studio gimmicks.
A couple tracks feature some cool, clever, but still "TRUE" Mayhem sounds. Sounds that have always existed within Mayhem, like an echo/strong reverb, a sample or two, and a clever but realistically possible (with live performance pedals) phasing effect. I can't pick a favourite moment yet. I have listened to this Album 5 times today. Certainly Watcher, Psywar, Trinity and Pandaemon all roll together so perfectly it's a delight. What an EP those 4 tracks would have been!! The rest of the Album is still working pleasant surprises on me. Sometimes I think a new song has started yet it's an outro of the last song.
The album's sound is full of incredibly deft, tasteful and punctuated drumming by Hellhammer. Strange croaky vocals and odd reverb-drenched twanging guitars abound, with Atilla even singing at some points in some songs, once again, just done in that Mayhem "sound" that is at once horrifying and beautiful.
I am sure some smaller tours of Europe will only feature Teloch on Guitar - and I truly envy my Finnish Cousins who will experience this band in afternoon Summer festivals at full volume - where in the summer the sun never sets really - and in small club venues where the TRUE sheer guitar volume and rich undertones by new replacement Teloch work will really throb. From the MP3 or CD this volume of sound isn't apparent. But, again, those that get to hear these songs live will make me truly green with envy.
I think if Mayhem ever tour again "Down Under" or the USA again there will be two guitarists (including Charles Hedger) to cover the various older songs that do feature stronger twin guitar sounds. The truth is, Necrobutcher and Hellhammer are the core of this band, and THEY have always defined this band's sound. They have again shaped and approved a wonderful album in the form of Esoteric Warfare. I believe regardless of the vocalist or guitarist, this band will always have a certain undeniable sound, of which fans which always look forward to.
Again I need to say Wow. Esoteric Warfare rocks.
Wow.
I expected less, and received more.
Thank You Mayhem.