“Watchers” is a performance video with a solid emphasis on the performance. The live setting features insane strobe lights, pig’s heads on stakes and lots of black metal blood!

If you’re a fan of black metal you’ve undoubtedly heard of Mayhem. Considered by many to a forefather of the genre. Their improbable origins date back to 1984 but Mayhem didn’t take the world stage until their ‘94 debut release De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Since that time Mayhem’s influence on extreme music has been undeniable. They are a group whose notorious reputation foreshadows the undeniable contributions the act has made to this style of music.

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“Watchers” is a performance video with a solid emphasis on the performance. The live setting features insane strobe lights, pig’s heads on stakes and lots of black metal blood! Mayhem vocalist Attlia Csihar, reminds me of character actor Daniel von Bargen and his portrayal in Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions as the power hungry cult leader Nix. Known by his followers as “The Puritan”, the maniacal stance and features bring the actor’s vile performance to life.

Many consider black metal as more of a message than a performance. Visuals are arbitrary when considering the final thought in the process. Although I don’t necessarily disagree with the statement, I find it strange Mayhem would choose to provide a video for this track. Aside from placating hardcore fans, “Watchers”, is a song that is rarely (if ever) played live.

Although, this might be due to the numerous lineup changes the band has survived, Necrobutcher and Hellhammer are the longest tenured members, it still seems curious the group would re-invest in an album that was released over two years ago. Then again, it took seven years for Mayhem to release this album. We should be happy with whatever we get.

Regardless of the reason, it’s great to have a visual offering from the Esoteric Warfare release! \m/

Mayhem are:

  • Necrobutcher – Bass
  • Hellhammer – Drums
  • Ghul – Guitars
  • Teloch – Guitars
  • Attila Csihar – Vocals
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