||Mayhem, considered by many as the creators
of the world's black metal scene, has a new album called "Grand
Declaration Of War." One may say that these legendary black metalers
will always have their dedicated fans supporting them in whatever
they do. This album might show who is the true dedicated fans because
this album is quite different then any of their past albums. Some
might call it progression and some might call it following the trend,
but Mayhem has introduced an Electronic aspect to their music, following
bands like Ulver and Satyricon. One may now say that they have changed
from the leaders to the followers. Mayhem did not industrialize every
songs on this album, just a few. But the majority of the rest of the
album seems to be thrown together. From the raspy and clean vocals
that do not coincide like it seem they should, to the short out takes
and songs that seem were just thrown together so they could get an
album out; this album is a disappointment to me and others. The only
song that I can say that I really enjoyed was "A Time To Die,"
and even this song takes a minute to get going after the spoken word
in the beginning and only last 2 minutes after. There are 13 tracks
on this CD and it lasts over 45 minutes. True Mayhem fans make sure
that you have a listen to the album before you buy so you aren't disappointed.
Mayhem will be touring the United States during the summer with Exhumed
and Hate Eternal. You can be assured that their live show is better
then this album.