Recorded at The Grieg Memorial Hall 1992-'93.
"De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas
" means "Lord Satan's Secret Rites", or at least that's what Euronymous
wanted to write. In fact, the phrase isn't written in correct Latin.
However, the little dot after "dom", as seen on the original cover, abbreviates "domini", so the title means something like "about/of Lord Satan's mysteries".
Also "Mysterii" is not only translatable as mystery, but also as secret worship/ritual/rite. So, when pluralized as it is in the title, "Mysteriis" can indeed translate to Secret Rites, and Euronymous's intention with the title actually turned out very accurately.
The murder of Euronymous by Varg Vikernes
happened right before the initial release of the CD. Accordingly, the family of Euronymous asked Hellhammer
to remove all bass lines from the album, because Varg's contribution didn't deserve to be on the CD, in their opinion. Hellhammer promised that he would replace bass lines with his own, but he didn't know how to play bass, so the CD was left with Varg's bass lines, although not heard as well as the other instruments because of it being lowered. All the CD's contain on the back "A Tribute To Euronymous" with promo photos of only Euronymous and Hellhammer. It doesn't show Attila, Varg or Snorre W. Ruch
being held responsible for the recording of the album, the only persons credited are Euronymous and Hellhammer.
Front cover is a drawing of the Nidaros cathedral located in Trondheim, Norway.
LP released by Deathlike Silence
in 1994 is limited to 1000 copies.
The first CD pressing DID NOT HAVE a booklet with lyrics, and it DID NOT HAVE a bar code. Just a fold-out cover with pictures of Hellhammer and Euronymous inside. Colouring of the building on the front is blue. Matrix code : DURECO  ANTIMOSH 06.
The 2nd pressing of the CD had a booklet with all lyrics. This release also had the proper colouring on the front so the building appears purple, not blue.
Different (3rd??) pressing exists as well, still DSP Records, with bar code (SPV84... number) and lyrics, but building again appears in blue.
Century Media/Century Black's CD pressing which is by far the most common one available has no lyrics and the building on the front is blue.
- First picture LP released by Collectors Picture Disc Series in 1997 is limited to 500 copies.
- 2001: Voices of Hell: limited edition 666 blue LP (Bootleg)
- 2005: GMR: picture disc LP
- Re-released in 2006 by Back on Black
. Gate fold LP
- Re-released in 2006 by Ancient Darkness Productions
with gatefold cover, two A3 posters and 40 page booklet limited to 666 copies
A bootlegged rehearsal of this album called "From the Darkest Past"
was distributed sometime in the early 90s, featuring instrumental tracks recorded on May 16th 1992.