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Release date: 1994
Style: Black metal

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01. Funeral Fog
02. Freezing Moon
03. Cursed In Eternity
04. Pagan Fears
05. Life Eternal
06. From The Dark Past
07. Buried By Time And Dust
08. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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Herzebeth

Rating:
8.9
This is one of the most respected albums in Black Metal History, Why is that? Beats me actually, but I can assure you this album is uncommon and very original for the genre it stands for, the music is aggressive and very raw, the execution towards this album is not complex or actually talented, but it's multi-faceted and layered, I think this album deserves all the credit it has, now lets take a closer view...

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published 29.07.2005 | Comments (40)

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SATANSCHAMBER666 - 28.02.2010 at 02:42  
  Awesome Album
F.O.A.D - 04.03.2010 at 22:50  
  One of the best metal albums of all time.
Uirapuru - 04.03.2010 at 22:58  
  Its gonna be on lots of my lists when I made them
DemonofDarkness - 30.07.2010 at 04:49  
  True
The Technogoat - 13.05.2011 at 16:09  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 04.03.2010 at 22:50

One of the best metal albums of all time.

Completely agree.
XV535Virago - 13.05.2011 at 16:12  
Rating: 10
Written by The Technogoat on 13.05.2011 at 16:09

Written by Guest on 04.03.2010 at 22:50

One of the best metal albums of all time.

Completely agree.


Me too.
RavenKing - 13.05.2011 at 21:02  
  Mediocre and immensely overrated.
Darkthone, Satyricon and Immortal were all ten times better than this back then.

A good example of an album that became famous for reasons outside of the music itself.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.05.2011 at 06:26  
Rating: 9
Written by RavenKing on 13.05.2011 at 21:02

Mediocre and immensely overrated.
Darkthone, Satyricon and Immortal were all ten times better than this back then.

A good example of an album that became famous for reasons outside of the music itself.

Well those bands were copied to death (perhaps not so much Satyricon who lacked identity somewhat) thus destroying their integrity, Mayhem clones are relatively rare (I can only think of Frost (from the UK) copying this particular record). Though Ordo is a much more interesting album from a neutral and personal point of view this record, owing mostly to the vocals delivery which even this many years later would be considered incredibly unusual, is far more stapled in history from a thematic point of view. It's difficult to play the overrated card with any precedence when so many people will cite it as a historical landmark, so why bother? I fail to see the necessity of comparing the relevance of the famous 1994 black metal albums that were released. A scheduled attempt at historical revisionism perhaps?
Void Eater - 14.05.2011 at 06:31  
  Seems like a lot of folks these days tend to think this album is overrated. I find it to be one of the best black metal albums. The riff starting at 0:27 is my favorite metal riff, by any band in any genre.
RavenKing - 14.05.2011 at 18:11  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.05.2011 at 06:26

I fail to see the necessity of comparing the relevance of the famous 1994 black metal albums that were released. A scheduled attempt at historical revisionism perhaps?


What you overlook is those so-called famous Black Metal albums were quite unnoticed originally or even mocked.
You want to talk about revisionism? Fine. The way people talk and see those albums nowadays IS revisionism. People have a false idea of the impact and importance those albums had back then.
I'm not the revisionist in this case, I just bring the true facts.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.05.2011 at 19:01  
Rating: 9
Written by RavenKing on 14.05.2011 at 18:11

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 14.05.2011 at 06:26

I fail to see the necessity of comparing the relevance of the famous 1994 black metal albums that were released. A scheduled attempt at historical revisionism perhaps?


What you overlook is those so-called famous Black Metal albums were quite unnoticed originally or even mocked.
You want to talk about revisionism? Fine. The way people talk and see those albums nowadays IS revisionism. People have a false idea of the impact and importance those albums had back then.
I'm not the revisionist in this case, I just bring the true facts.

Calling something mediocre and overrated aren't facts though. Trying to deny the impact of this record is pretty naive, regardless of how it was received or viewed on its release. If you can't alter your perception of the changing nature of a particular record's impact then you've a bit of problem. If say this album was indeed mocked or whatever when it was first released and has gone on to receive such praise then I wouldn't call that overrated, regardless of the way in which it achieved that fame. And anyway, sooner or later every single album or band of some notable fame gets the overrated flag waved at it and in my experience most of the time it's simply because the said person doesn't like it.
M C Vice - 14.08.2011 at 05:28  
Rating: 7 I really hate the vocals on this. Sounds like Attila was mumbling to himself for most of the album.
I reckon it's a good indicator of what type of black metal someone prefers depending on whether they like this or Grand Declaration Of War better.
Troy Killjoy - 14.08.2011 at 06:59  
Rating: 7
Written by M C Vice on 14.08.2011 at 05:28
I reckon it's a good indicator of what type of black metal someone prefers depending on whether they like this or Grand Declaration Of War better.

What do you think of people who like them equally?
M C Vice - 14.08.2011 at 07:18  
Rating: 7 Then they probably like regular and "fancy" Black metal about the same. I prefer Declaration over Sathanas, and I like the more melodic or symphonic black metal acts better.
Neiluria - 01.06.2012 at 01:52  
  Freezing Moon is a masterpiece!
LordHypnos - 02.10.2012 at 03:51  
Rating: 9 Great album, but I think it would be a lot better with Dead singing on this one.
megadeath13 - 28.12.2012 at 01:25  
  Not the biggest "norwegian black metal" fan in the world, but this album is damn good and should be respected. "Freezing moon" is just a killer.
belphegor666 - 09.06.2013 at 22:10  
  De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is pure magic...Best Black Metal Album Ever....So Dark,Evil,Atmospheric...One Of My Favourite albums ever...Hail Mayhem
Maco - 23.06.2013 at 21:29  
Rating: 8 I always wondered how this album would sound if dead was in the vocals. I guess I can only dream.
Mr. Doctor - 23.06.2013 at 21:32  
  Probably not nearly as good but that's just my opinion. I find Dead quite overrated because while he was good, he was nothing special. Attila on the other hand, whether people like him or not, has an unique voice.
InnerSelf - 23.06.2013 at 21:59  
Rating: 9 Yeah, Atilla all the way. His vocal performance here and on Ordo Ab Chao enhance the morbidness of those two releases, can't imagine them without his vocals.
Lião - 09.09.2013 at 07:56  
Rating: 7 In my opinion, Dead was the best black metal vocalist ever. This album would be ten times better with this demonic growls/shrieks rather than Attila's weird vocals. Neverthless a fun album... Influential but a bit overrated in my opinion. Ah, I miss the first-wave black metal times... Hellhammer, Possessed, Bathory, Celtic Frost... that was the truly black metal.


By the way, can someone tell me where can I find the version of "Freezing Moon" with Dead on vocals, aside from the demos and rehersal stuff? I want the very same "Freezing Moon" that was used in the Fenriz compilation in 2004.
Array - 09.09.2013 at 15:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Lião on 09.09.2013 at 07:56

By the way, can someone tell me where can I find the version of "Freezing Moon" with Dead on vocals, aside from the demos and rehersal stuff? I want the very same "Freezing Moon" that was used in the Fenriz compilation in 2004.

Mayhem-"Freezing Moon/The Meads Of Asphodel" NEW | link

It's from that release.
Erik M. - 29.12.2013 at 21:01  
Rating: 9 Such an awesome album. It's an absolute BM classic. I especially like the insane epic drums as well as the totally non-standard vocals.
Sword_Chant - 03.05.2014 at 18:47  
Rating: 10 Imo, it's THE best Nordic Black Metal album of all time - alongside that Icelandic band Potentiam, their first album Balsyn is just as good but a bit more of a hidden gem.

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