Mayhem are the most influential Black Metal band in the world, and obviously no strangers to controversy. Death Archives offer never before seen photographs and unique insight into one of music’s most extreme subcultures.
During the band’s ongoing career, now spanning thirty years, bass player and only surviving band member from the original line-up, Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud, has collected enormous amounts of photographs, video diaries and memorabilia. In this unique documentary book, Stubberud shares the first groundbreaking years of Mayhem’s existence including their first photo-sessions in full corpse regalia; recording sessions, and exclusive stills from live video footage of their earliest gigs. In Necrobutcher’s Death Archives he shares rarely seen photos of the band before death of singer Pelle “Dead” Ohlin and murder of guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth.
Once Mayhem established their unique sound, The Norwegian Black Metal scene grew ferociously and globally finding common ground in violent imagery, horror iconography, fierce anti-Christian views, which ultimately led to over fifty church fires, among them the iconic Fantoft Stavkirke in Bergen. The violent nature of the music also led to the brutal murder of Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth in 1993 by Varg “Count Grishnak” Vikernes internationally known as Burzum.
Today, Norwegian Black Metal is one of the most distinct and controversial subcultures in the music world, its popularity spanning globally from China to Mexico. The book is not only a documentation of a band – it is also a story about Norway, and a unique Norwegian subculture where a deep fascination for authentic Nordic culture and nature is deeply immersed.
Death Archives: Mayhem 1984-94 by Jørn “Necrobutcher” Stubberud
with Svein Strømmen & Christian Belgaux and an Afterword by Thurston Moore
Published by Ecstatic Peace Library
Hardcover, 191 x 266 mm, 255 pages (Available now)
ISBN-10: 0997285036 | ISBN-13: 978-0997285031
VICE : “…Forget Lords of Chaos. Forget every half-assed “history of metal” book you’ve seen moldering on a Barnes & Noble bookshelf. There are a lot of great metal history books out there, but very few that do any justice at all to the always intriguing, often infuriating, and occasionally impenetrable global phenomenon that is black metal. Dayal Patterson’s Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult series is the best outsider-looking-in document I’ve encountered, and of course Metallion’s The Slayer Mag Diaries remain essential, but even those pillars pale in comparison to the near-mythical weight of a first-hand account. Now, thanks to Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace Library label, black metal fans will have the opportunity to take a trip back in time to the early Nineties, and watch black metal’s bloody rise through the eyes of someone who was actually there. Jorn Stubberud—forever known best as Necrobutcher—has completed his long-awaited illustrated biography of one of Norwegian black metal’s most notorious bands, under whose banner he has marched since its inception in 1984: Mayhem. …”