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Review: Mayhem - Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando
Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 23:30
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 14, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando

Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

This is a cool little EP for Mayhem, who I guess had to keep busy during the forced break that hit just about every band in the world. It contains three tracks from the Daemon sessions, and that's where the EP sounds like modern-days Mayhem, opening with the very dark "Voces Ab Alta" which sets the tone for the first half, just pure rocking black metal with raspy shrieks that pierce through the speakers. Where things take an unexpected turn is when you hit the four punk covers where you wouldn't know it was Mayhem if no one told you beforehand. My knowledge of punk is rather limited and I can't compare to the originals, but suffice it to say that Mayhem's take on the songs is a good listen even though the lyrical content sometimes sounds quite the opposite of what one would expect from Mayhem. This is not essential material, but if you're looking for something out of character from the band, it's certainly worth a listen.

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