Norway Black Metal or Norwegian Black Metal was founded by the band Mayhem by guitarist Řystein 'Euronymous' Araseth who created the "True Norwegian Black Metal" sound inspired by Swedish band Bathory and Venom from England.

Norwegian Black Metal began in the mid 1980's and focused around the "Black Metal Inner Circle" with the bands Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Throne and Enslaved. In 1991 Mayhem's vocalist "Dead" committed suicide by slitting his wrists and throat then shooting himself in the head with a shotgun, "Euronymous" who discovered the body in their farmhouse in the woods in Norway took photos of the suicide which were used as the album cover for the live Mayhem bootleg album "Dawn Of The Black Hearts". It is also rumoured that  "Euronymous" also took pieces of his skull to make necklaces out of and that he cooked a piece of his brain and ate it.

After this "Euronymous" opened Helvete, which means Hell, a Record Store in Oslo, Norway where he launched the Record Label "Death Like Silence Productions" which he released the early Burzum and Mayhem albums on. "Helvete" was also the secret location for the meetings of the "Black Metal Inner Circle" who gathered there to listen to Black Metal in the basement and plan the Inner Circle's activities.

After releasing the first Burzum album, Varg Vikernes who also helped to fund "Deathlike Silence Productions" then joined Mayhem as their bassist using his Burzum material on the Mayhem 1994 record "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" after the suicide of vocalist "Dead" and departure of their bassist "Necrobutcher".

At that time the "Black Metal Inner Circle" began a series of fifty arson attacks against churches in Norway and are responsible for several murders. Before the release of  "Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" Varg Vikernes confessed to the news media about the arson attacks and murder to get recognition in heavy metal magazines for Mayhem and the Black Metal Inner Circle but was released due to lack of evidence. After this Euronymous and Varg began arguing over the contracts for Burzum and Varg's Mayhem material for Death Like Silence Productions who appeared to each want to take the media attention for themselves.

In 1993 Varg Vikernes, who said he feared for his life because Euronymous was going to kill him, stabbed Euronymous to death at his apartment with accomplist Snorre Ruch from the band Thorns who had also just joined Mayhem as guitarist, both were convicted of his murder. Varg Vikernes serving fifteen years in prison and Snorre Ruch serving eight years in prison.

The album "Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" was released after the death of  Euronymous who plays guitar on the album along with Varg Vikernes who played bass, drummer "Hellhammer" decided not to cancel the release or re-record the bass and guitar parts said he thought it was "fitting" that murderer and victim be on the same record.

NORWAY BLACK METAL BANDS:

Ancient    Arcturus    Burzum    Carpathian Forest    Darkthrone    Dimmu Borgir    Emperor    Enslaved    Fimbulwinter    Fleurety    Gehenna    Gorgoroth    Hades  Ildjarn    Immortal    In The Woods...    Manes    Mayhem    Satyricon    Strid     Taake    Thorns    Thou Shalt Suffer    Tulus    Ulver

 

MAYHEM 'LORDS OF CHAOS' MOVIE FAN BLOG

www.deathlikesilenceproductions.com/lordsofchaosfanblog

 

 

Mayhem

www.thetruemayhem.com

Burzum

www.burzum.org

Darkthrone

www.peaceville.com/bands/darkthrone/

Emperor

www.emperorhorde.com

Immortal

www.immortalofficial.com

Dimmu Borgir

www.dimmu-borgir.com

Gorgoroth

www.gorgoroth.info

Ulver

www.jester-records.com/ulver

 

 

NORWAY BLACK METAL ALBUMS:

TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL

Mayhem - 'Deathcrush'  

Mayhem - 'Freezing Moon / Carnage'

 

Mayhem -'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Mayhem - 'Wolf's Lair Abyss'

Burzum - 'Burzum'  

Burzum - 'De Som Engang Var'

 

Burum -'Filosolfem' Burzum - 'Aske'

Darkthrone - 'Under A Funeral Moon'  

Darkthrone - 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky

 

Darkthrone - 'Panzerfaust' Darkthrone - 'Transilvanian Hunger'

Emperor - 'Wrath Of The Tyrant'  

Emperor - 'In The Nightside Eclipse'

 

Emperor - 'Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk' Emperor - 'IX Equilibrium'

Immortal - 'Diabolical Full Moon Mysticism'  

Immortal - 'Pure Holocaust'

 

Immortal - 'Battles In The North' Immortal - 'Blizzard Beasts'

 

MAYHEM & EURONYMOUS TRIBUTE PAGE

www.deathlikesilenceproductions.com

 

Collapse - Extreme Death Metal From Canada www.officialcollapse.com

 

 

BANZAIRECORDS.COM HEAVY METAL NEWS

www.banzairecords.com/blog

 

 

BATHORY TRIBUTE PAGE

www.bathory.info

 

GREAT WHITE NORTH RECORDS TRIBUTE PAGE

www.greatwhitenorthrecords.com

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