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Mayhem > De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

Mayhem discography (main)
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De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas


Release date:
May 24th, 1994
Catalog ID:
Anti-Mosh 006
Deathlike Silence Productions
39 reviews (avg. 88%)
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2. Freezing Moon 06:23   Show lyrics
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3. Cursed in Eternity 05:10   Show lyrics
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4. Pagan Fears 06:21   Show lyrics
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5. Life Eternal 06:57   Show lyrics
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6. From the Dark Past 05:27   Show lyrics
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7. Buried by Time and Dust 03:34   Show lyrics
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8. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas 06:22   Show lyrics
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Band members
Euronymous (R.I.P. 1993) Guitars
Hellhammer Drums
Attila Csihar Vocals
Count Grishnackh Bass
Miscellaneous staff
Pytten Producer, Mixing
Euronymous (R.I.P. 1993) Producer, Mixing
Hellhammer Producer, Mixing
Dead (R.I.P. 1991) Lyrics
Necrobutcher Lyrics (track 3)
Blackthorn Lyrics (editing), Songwriting
Euronymous (R.I.P. 1993) Guitars
Hellhammer Drums
Pytten Producer, Mixing
Euronymous (R.I.P. 1993) Producer, Mixing
Hellhammer Producer, Mixing
Dead (R.I.P. 1991) Lyrics
Necrobutcher Lyrics (track 3)
Blackthorn Lyrics (editing), Songwriting
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Produced together with Voices of Wonder.

Deathlike Silence Productions first CD pressing hasn't barcode and its 4-page booklet hasn't lyrics, just a fold-out cover with pictures of Hellhammer and Euronymous, credits, copyright and contact info inside.

Front cover is a drawing of a monochrome photo taken from east side of Nidaros cathedral located in Trondheim, Norway. Colouring of the building on the front cover is blue (according to the book in the 25-year 5-LP box, the 2nd press CD had lyrics but the cover artist got no credits. Starting from the 3rd CD-press onward, the name of the cover artist for lyrics pages only - Jørgen Lid Widing - is written in the booklet in a completely different font - courtesy by Voices of Wonder).

All the CD's contain on the back cover: "A Tribute to Euronymous 15/04/1968 - 10/08/1993" with a promo photo of only Euronymous and Hellhammer. Attila Csihar, Varg Vikernes and Snorre W. Ruch's contributions are not mentioned anywhere. The CD itself features a very dark photo showing the faces of Euronymous and Hellhammer, and a third face which is believed to be Attila (although this has never been confirmed by the band).

The album title "De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas" was conceived by Euronymous and he intended it to be the Latin translation of "Lord Satan's Secret Rites", however the phrase is not actually written in proper Latin. The word "Dom." (look on the cover art for the dot after the 'm'), is an abbreviation of "Domini" (often used as an honorific prefix for ecclesiastics of the Catholic Church), so the title actually translates to something such as "About/Of Lord Satan's Mysteries"; equally the word "mysterii" is not only textually translatable as "mystery", but also can mean words such as "secret worship/ritual/rite". So, when pluralized as it is in the title, "Mysteriis" can indeed translate to "Secret Rites"; also with the word "Sathanas", is not the correct word for Satan in Latin, the correct word would be "Satanas" (without the 'h') or "diabolus". Moreover, the title-track "De Mysteriis dom Sathanas" contains phrases written in a rough Latin with typos and wrong cases/declensions that can lead to various translations.

The murder of Euronymous by Varg 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 in their opinion, Varg's contribution didn't deserve to be on it. Hellhammer promised that he would replace bass lines with his own, but he didn't know how to play bass, so the album was left with Varg's bass lines, although not heard as well as the other instruments because of it being lowered.

Contrary to popular belief, Snorre did not record guitars on this album, although he and Euronymous often exchanged musical ideas and so Euronymous incorporated several riffs written by him.

The lyrics of "Life Eternal" were originally written by Dead as a gift to Bull Metal, who played in Typhon, Masacre and Neurosis; but nevertheless those lyrics were used in De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas by the band. Also as a posthumous tribute to Dead and Euronymous, Bull Metal used the same lyrics for "Life Eternal" in their 1996 Typhon album Unholy Trilogy, although with different music.

A bootlegged rehearsal of this album called From the Darkest Past was distributed sometime in the early 90's, featuring instrumental tracks recorded on May 16th 1992.

Recording information:

Recorded at The Grieg Memorial Hall (Norwegian: Grieghallen) Studios, in Bergen-Norway between 1992 and 1993.


Matrix / Runout (Version 1): DURECO [01] ANTIMOSH 6
Matrix / Runout (Version 2): DURECO [02] ANTIMOSH 6

On both spines: "DSP Anti-Mosh 006".

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