The Death Archives : Mayhem 1984-1994

by Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud

Norwegian Black Metal is one of the most distinct and controversial subcultures in the music world, its popularity spanning globally from China to Mexico. The book is not only a documentation of a band – it is also a story about Norway, and a unique Norwegian subculture where a deep fascination for authentic Nordic culture and nature is deeply immersed.

“We decided to rent a post office box. This meant we were serious. We knew we required a rubber stamp with our name and address and carefully studied typefaces until we found the right one.

The old Langhus, Norway station was remodelled into a post office. It was one kilometer from home in Vevelstad and four hundred meters from our rehearsal space at the time. They sold train tickets and offered post office boxes and a mailing department in a separate room. We thought that was cool and rented no. 75. The back cover of Deathcrush LP was stamped: ‘Mayhem, Box 75, 1405 Langhus.’ Pure Fucking Armageddon LP was also stamped. After the first real article about us was published in Slayer magazine the editor wrote us: ‘Dear Mayhem, Expect mail!,’ and letters flooded in from all over the world.

We’d tagged that station with ‘Mayhem’ by the tracks so everyone knew they were entering Mayhem country! The locals painted over it and we tagged it again. They just left it after that.”

– Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud

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