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Formed around 1985 by Necrobutcher} and guitarist Euronymous} (born Oystein Aarseth), Mayhem} was the first death metal} band from Norway to make much of an impact in their homeland, which in the early '90s developed a burgeoning underground scene rife with violent, sometimes anti-Christian activity -- as evidenced by Mayhem}'s non-musical history. Drummer Hellhammer}, who at one time worked in a mental hospital, is the only remaining member of the band's prime-period lineup. Lead vocalist Dead} committed suicide in 1991 (two years after joining the band) by shooting himself in the head; Hellhammer} made a necklace using some of his skull fragments, and Euronymous} reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead}'s brain. Euronymous}, in turn, was stabbed to death while in his underwear on August 10, 1993, by the band's bass player, Count Grishnackh} (born Christian Vikernes). Grishnackh}'s alleged motive was jealousy over the fact that Euronymous} had a more evil reputation; he inflicted 23 separate wounds, it was also rumored, so as to outdo rival band Emperor}'s drummer, Faust}, who was convicted in the stabbing death of a homosexual acquaintance. When police arrested Grishnackh}, they found over 150 kg of stolen dynamite in his house, complete with a plan to blow up a large church on a religious holiday. Grishnackh} went on to pursue his electronic}-influenced project Burzum} while in prison; meanwhile, Euronymous}' parents requested that his bass tracks be erased from Mayhem}'s 1994 album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas}, (which featured session vocalist Attila Csihar}). Still, thanks to growing worldwide interest in Norwegian death metal}, Mayhem} product has continued to appear on the shelves into the next century. Hellhammer} also put together a new Mayhem} lineup, which has toured sporadically. During one such tour in 2003, a concert-goer in Norway received a fractured skull as a sheep head flew from the stage while band member Blasphemer} was cutting the head away from the torso. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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