Norwegian black metal tyrants Mayhem have dropped an official video (their first-ever) for new single “Falsified & Hated,” which appears on their recently released new LP on Century Media, Daemon. Stream below.
The band’s guitarist Teloch explains:
This is the first official music video we have released, so indeed some thought went into this. Instead of having us filmed at some dodgy location with instruments not even plugged in, we did something different, in the true tradition of the band. We hired Johan Bååth (Watain, Lucifer, etc.) to direct the video and we also were lucky enough to get the infamous Swedish graffiti artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson to do his ritualistic paintings for the video.
Director Johan Bååth adds:
When I was asked to do the very first Mayhem music video, I thought I really had to do something more than just a plain Black Metal video, I wanted to take it one step further and do something different but stay true to the genre and of course Mayhem’s iconic legacy as a band. I thought of the artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson and his ritualistic paintings and I asked him if he wanted to participate. Together we came up with this idea of a ritualistic painted pentagon-shaped room, completely surrounded by five painted walls, facing a centered pentagram-painting with Ziggy´s ”hex-text” signs and symbols all over, each of the five point corners symbolizing human expiration.
In the middle we see an organic neoplasm tumor-like shaped form, all muddy and dirty with wooden branches ensnared around it. The surreal and scary-looking outgrowth is almost breathing with dark energy, attached to several plastic tubes connected to five cloaked characters symbolizing the five members of Mayhem. They´re completely occupied with different ritual tasks destroying all humanity and contributing matter and dark energy to the demon creation in the middle.
Get all upcoming dates below.
03/13: Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre
03/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
03/16: Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
03/17: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
03/18: Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
03/20: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
03/21: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
03/22: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory NP
03/24: Phoenix, AZ @ The Pressroom
03/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
03/27: Austin, TX @ Empire Garage
03/28: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
03/29: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
03/31: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
04/01: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/02: Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
04/03: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore (Decibel Metal & Beer Fest)
04/04: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
04/06: Boston, MA @ The Paradise
04/07: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater
04/08: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
04/09: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
04/10: Chicago, IL @ The Metro