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Live at Leipzig is to black metal what the Stooges' Raw Power is to punk. It captures the unfiltered essence of the genre. The musicianship is loose. The guitars are in the red and the vocals are high wails and rough snarls. With songs like "Chainsaw Gutsf***", there is no easy listening here. In this live format the track "Pure F***ing Armageddon" lives up to it's name.
Is Live at Leipzig a good CD? Well... I can't dance to it. It scares the hell out of my girlfriend and my pets. Musically, lyrically, and in overall production it is creepy and appalling. However, black metal is supposed to be creepy and appalling. Black metal taps into anger, aggression, and violent fantasy. Here Mayhem succeed. They did exactly what they set out to do, they are harder and scarier than all of their influences. It must be difficult having a career where you constantly submerge yourself in anger and violence because, unfortunately, this line-up of Mayhem didn't survive very long past this recording. The handful of early Mayhem recordings laid the groundwork for all subsequent black metal bands. If you are interested in the genre and can stomach the violence and occult imagery than I recommend Live at Leipzig.
Don't expect good sound of the musical instruments here. But dead's voice is very clear and loud. So I recommend this CD only to people that want to know how dead's voice was and how the band played some songs of de mysteriis with him.
If you are new with this band don't listen to this CD yet, get de mysteriis or deathcrush first and then if you like them and want to know about dead's voice then try this live CD
10 / 10
If you're reading this review, chances are you are aware this CD contains Mayhem's most reputed lineup: Euronymous, Varg, Hellhammer, and the aptly named "DEAD" on vocals. At this point, everyone is a bit sloppy. And the production... There is none. It sounds more like a cheap tape-recording. That isn't really as obtrusive as the naysayers would lead you to believe, but if you're an audiophile... "Abandon all hope ye who enter here."
The album initiates with a long silence, and a chattering audience. As soon as you get the idea of fast-forwarding, Dead emmits a possessed howl, and proceeds to shriek authoritively over "Deathcrush." The is recording is basically the quintessential Mayhem tracks, so no need to pull out a droning narrative about each song. Freezing Moon, Funeral Fog, some of the best black metal recordings ever.
What you need to take into consideration is your tolerance of Euoronymous' "necro," chugging guitar meanderings. This isn't technical stuff. Mayhem leans more on atmosphere, despite how many times you've heard that. The guitar sound? The solos sound like the band is battling power tools. The drums? The esteemed drum-God Hellhammer is rather mediocre on this recording, unfortunately. The bass is inaudible.
Whatever the case, this is vile, frost-bitten black metal at its finest. Per Ohlin, A.K.A. Dead, screams his vocal chords raw, reciting misanthropic and gory "poetry.Read more ›
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