Mayhem + Dragged Into Sunlight @ Electric Ballroom, London

Date: 29th of March
Review by The Hun
Photography by Adrienn Pucher

Black metal was the first extreme metal that I fell in love with. Black metal has an atmosphere which caught me. If someone is interested in this genre then it is obvious that the person will find Mayhem and will listen to one of the pillars of black metal, the album called ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’. So when I heard that the band will play the album entirely I was excited…

People are always waiting in front of the Electric Ballroom way before the doors open and it was the same on the 29th as well. As much as I love black metal I hate the fanbase of it, specially those ones which wear corpsepaint (one of them wanted to look like Dead) but I guess you have to be bit of an elitist prick if you like black metal. Haha! Because of this I had to go for a pint and accidentally missed the first support band. My bad.

The second band was Dragged Into Sunlight. Many people like this band; I listened to two albums by them but to be honest they did not really convince me, so the gig was their chance.

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The lack of lights, the smoke, the candles and the skulls were amazing scenery; the guys are amazing musicians, the crowd loved the show but I am still not a fan.

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Sure, Dragged Into Sunlight have space in the scene but for me only as a support band.

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Before the main act started to play a voice from the speakers asked the crowd not to use flash. They should do it before every band, every gig in every venue in the world. Seriously. The stage was dark and smoked filled it again. Then came Mayhem.

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Straight with the fast riff of ‘Funeral Fog’, and it was even faster live. They played the whole album faster and it was even more atmospheric it took me to a different place: I wasn’t in the Electric Ballroom anymore.

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I guess Mayhem changed the whole venue into that purple church which is on the cover of ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’.

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While Dead wrote the lyrics for the first full-length album of Mayhem, this is Attila’s material. I saw him many times with many bands before and he did his best again. He stole the show and the night with his whole entertaining entity.

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The concert was over so fast. There were no extras. Nothing. Only those eight songs from the album in the same order.

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I was back in the Electric Ballroom. Left there with the same strange, inhuman feeling that I felt 17 years ago when I first heard this amazing album.

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