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One of the most controversial black metal albums ever, Mayhem presents a work of progressive, experimental, technical, visionary extreme metal that is only for listeners who want to be challenged and provoked. A massive work and easily one of Mayhem's finest moments.

1. Part II
2. A Grand Declaration of War
3. In the Lies Where upon You Lay
4. A Time to Die
5. View from Nihil
6. Il Principle
7. A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun
8. Crystalized Pain in Deconstruction
9. Completion in Science of Agony
10. To Daimonion

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Season of Mist
  • ASIN: B0000AKN7J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ok...most people either HATE this album or LOVE it.
Lunar Strain
If you want a real showcase of Hellhammer's speed, this is it.
Paulmeister
Aside from that, the rest of this album is excellent.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ken on November 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
99.9% of the people who hear this CD are going to be surprised... no matter if you've heard Mayhem before or not. The main concern is whether or not you'll listen to it with an open mind. Mayhem has been pacifying & pleasing the scene with their "trueness" for eons now, due largely in part to the fact that they were the band that actually defined the sound of what we now call Black Metal. "Grand Declaration of War" is the sound of Mayhem recreating Black Metal all over again. Will you appreciate the fact that these songs are technical, not monotonous? Will you appreciate the fact that the vocals are varied with each song (and often run through artificial effects) to accentuate the themes rather than screeched in the same old "black metal" ™ format on every line? Will you appreciate the fact that not every song is as fast as humanly possible (despite the fact that Hellhammer pushes himself to new extremes here on some tracks)? Will you appreciate the fact that the immediate post-war track has a drum machine to accentuate its meaning? See, you have to remember something here: this release is a concept album - they have chronicled WWIII and its aftermath. Some of it is bleak and cold and haunting and downright frightening... all in an effort to fulfill the concept. You can't portray that mood by playing 666 MPH for 35 minutes straight. Once you understand that, every nuance and twist you hear will make sense. Even the CD booklet follows the concept between the lyrics and the art. This is Mayhem's profound and impeccable statement to the Black Metal world, and I think it's one of the best releases I've ever heard, no matter what genre. Out of five stars, I give it a ten. Period.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is truly is a masterpiece concept album that explores several genres of music, not just black metal.
Too complex for most people to understand and that is what Mayhem really stands for - separating the idiots from the intellectuals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By claus_byrial@hotmail.com on April 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Basically there are 3 types of Mayhem fans:
1: Those who loved "Deathcrush" and "De Mysteriis dom Sathanas", but think Dead and Euronymous were so integral parts of the original Mayhem sound, that the band should have packed it in after "De Mysteriis..."
2: Those who loved "Deathcrush" and "De Mysteriis dom Sathanas", and want a "De Mysteriis dom Sathanas, Volume II", i.e. a Mayhem not progressing, but sticking to their Black Metal Roots..
3: Those who anxiously awaits ANY new Mayhem release with an open mind and the willingness to listen without preconcieved notions, other than expecting great music.
"A Grand Declaration of War" will certainly disappoint the two first categories, but those, like me, that belongs to the latter category will be more than pleased!!
Sure this release has a crystalline production, processed vocal parts, electronica-elements and propaganda-type shouted vocals in places, but it still contain lots furious Black Metal parts full of hyper-speed double-bass drumming, contorted riffs and shreiking vocals to keep the most hard-core Black Metal fan on his toes...
But as said, a minimum of musical openness is required to fully appreciate "A Grand Declaration of War", which unfortunately not all Black Metal fans are capable of...
"A Grand Declaration of War", like all great albums, grows with each repeated listening, and along with bands as Solefald, Arcturus, Emperor, Satyricon, Limbonic Art and Thorns, Mayhem is taking Black Metal in exiting new directions...
If you do not agree, you can always go back to your Burzum records....But leave me out of it, please!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stotzky on October 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With the haunting "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" album and the infamous "Deathcrush"-EP, Mayhem set the style for other black metal bands to follow. When Mayhem return in the year 2000, they return to forever change the way we think about black metal again. And they succeed!
I have heard a lot of people complaining about this album, mostly because it doesn't sound like the old material. Is that really surprising? Two of the old members are dead, and it's been a million years since the realease of "Deathcrush" (or at least so it seems) - so why assume they would sound the same? Have Slayer recorded "Reign In Blood" over and over again? No, they progressed. So have Mayhem.
This is probably my favorite record from 2000, and one of my top ten all-time favorites. Instead of ultra-fast, super-brutal white noise we are offered a fantastic blend of pounding drums, menacing guitars and frightening vocals - but in a modern way. Just buy it and you'll know what I mean. Simply fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By torquemada on March 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
every mayhem release brings something new to the black metal genre and is always different from its preceeding release, and there are only four studio releases for all we know. quite little material indeed and it makes one think how could a band with only four studio releases, define and redefine the genre with every new album they make. Mayhem was surely lacking a lot in musicianship, back in 87 but what they lacked in, they made up for it with the honesty of their music. every time. "Purists" will say what they want and that would only add to their silly attitude. every Mayhem release is hair raising in its own right and Grand Declaration... is no different. The techno arrangements on track 7 makes this section of the album 10 times blacker an nihilistic. the band improves in songwriting and musicianship with every new studio effort and i can never get enough of the maniac's twisted philosophical preachings on 'view from nihil', while the rest of the band unleashes a nuclear holocaust pulling forth from the guitar, bass and drums and spilling from your sound system's tortured speakers. some would laugh if i said that mayhem's music is emotional (at least for me). other simply wouldnt understand. on this album they have created a gripping post nuclear war atmosphere (especially when the 200mph double bass drumming abruptly ceases and you're left with a void like you're the only one left to witness the oppressing nothingness around you) and the listener is left to imagine the wrenching demise of humanity and its tinny beliefs. a very controversial release which i felt i had to review after listening to it for nearly 3 years now. I've been listening to all kinds of extreme metal since 1993 and based on my modest experience i've come to understand that "purist" is another term for "narrow-minded".Read more ›
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