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Review: Mayhem - Daemon

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 1:01:10
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 23, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.46/5 (89.23%) (13 Votes)

There's no point introducing Mayhem and I don't think there's much point comparing this album to anything they've done as they've been quite unpredictable over the past couple of decades, each album being loved or hate with a few standing somewhere in the middle.

Daemon surprised me in being pretty brutal, something I didn't really expect to get from Mayhem at this point in their career. It kicks off speedy and pounding right from the first second and they hardly let the foot of the pedal after that. It's not as insanely speedy as some other Scandinavian black metal acts, but it's fast enough to rip your face off. They do slow down and when they do, the atmosphere is haunting as fuck and really brings a balance to the speedfest. The keyboards bring a bit of a trippy sound here and there and, while I found that irritating at first, after a few listens it felt like the songs would be missing something without them. The vocals are sick black metal rasps that are just as fucked up as the music and the occasional background shouts sound like they come out of nowhere and just add to the atmosphere. Wrap this up with a fine-tuned band that has paid their dues and you have a winner here.

Additional Information

Limited digipak edition with two bonus tracks.

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