Mayhem ‎– Esoteric Warfare

Season Of Mist ‎– SOM 333D
CD, Album, Limited Edition, Digipak


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

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Drums recorded at Mølla Studio, Gjerstad - Norway
Guitars, Bass and Vocals recorded at SleikBallaMi, Oslo - Norway

First pressing comes in digipak

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 22603 13332 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Sony DADC A0102310877-0101 15 A00
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony DADC A0102310877-0101 22
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 94Y4
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L552
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 9410

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SOM 333LP Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd) Season Of Mist SOM 333LP Europe 2014 Sell This Version
SOM 333T Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(Cass, Album) Season Of Mist SOM 333T Europe 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 333LPD1 Mayhem Esoteric Warfare(2x12", Album, Ltd, Blu) Season Of Mist, Season Of Mist SOM 333LP, SOM 333LPD1 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
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June 6, 2014
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.
I expected less, and received more.
Thank You Mayhem.