Mayhem - Guitarist Quits The Band

Mayhem guitarist / songwriter Blasphemer has decided to leave the band. Here's the musician's comment:

"It is with these written words that I hereby retract myself from my position as the guitar player of Mayhem.

The main reason behind this conclusion lies in the fact that I simply don't see any future for me in the band anymore, at least not a future I'd like to participate in over the coming years. I've been playing my part in the band now for more than 13 years already, having composed, produced and released several albums with great vision, dedication and craftsmanship, to arrive at this crossroad of opposites. Sooner or later, all things comes to an end, and in my case, this circle is complete.

For some of you this might not come as the biggest surprise, as I've clearly stated in several interviews that I was not sure what the next step would be. These "hints" were partly rooted in the fact that our latest album fulfilled all of the expectations, visions and aspects of negativity that I felt I wanted to express with this band, and also, of similar importance, that I felt tired of both the touring aspects, amidst its turbulence and personal differences, and also my role in the band.

It has been a dark, devoted and spellbinding journey, and as some beings and entities develop, others remain the same. I've developed my essence. No questions. However, the legacy of MAYHEM will / must always remain what it always has been, and I wish to thank all parts involved and to wish them all the best for the future. I also would like to thank my followers over the years, from "Wolf's Lair..." to "Ordo...", my vision has been clear. I'm also sure the band will continue with a respectful formation, and that an eventual album will be placed "up there", where it (should) belong.

I have now personally chosen to focus on other paths in terms of creativity and vision. My "child of heart" AVA INFERI has already a busy schedule for the future and our third album is being crafted as we speak. I will also re-surface with new will and blood in a future extreme project. You have not heard the last of me, on the contrary. It's all about to begin.

Note that the few already scheduled shows will go on as planned WITH me.

Rune Eriksen/Blasphemer".

Band profile: Mayhem
Posted: 22.04.2008 by SlaytallicA

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23.04.2008 - 20:08
FUCK!!!! I wish it is only a lie, a sick lie, nooooooooooooooooo
23.04.2008 - 22:52
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That's not really cool. Hmm.. I wonder who the new guitarist could become..
23.04.2008 - 23:07
Empty Spaces
Unburied At Dusk
Fuck.... well, I hope they still tour the US sometime, even without him....
24.04.2008 - 05:27
Written by dancingdecember on 23.04.2008 at 13:16

Written by Talvi on 22.04.2008 at 21:29

Gay bands always end

gay people always use avatars like yours.

Excuse me?
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25.04.2008 - 01:57
Darth Satanious
Post Destroyer
This may be another turning point for Mayhem. Thinking Basphemer's departure to be the end of Mayhem possibly revives the scenario, the mentality, after Euronymous' death and Blasphemer's advent. It comes to be kind of paradoxical to take such posture, if one praises both Euronymous era and Blasphemer's. Mayhem withstood departures of core members in the past, retaining quality.

It all may be reduced down to what guitarist the rest of the guys may pick to replace Blasphemer and with which mentality the guitarist comes forth. However, Blasphemer's departure indeed brings uncertainty.
25.04.2008 - 02:38
Damn, this sucks. Though, I respect that decision.
26.04.2008 - 17:03
a good end for a dark legend.I hope they dont rise up again
Written by muthafucka on 08.07.2010 at 06:46

06.05.2008 - 07:04
Paleblood Hunter
Gee, the horror. Perhaps we'll get some new Aura Noir out of this? Hopefully.
The force will be with you, always.
07.08.2008 - 15:10
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There can hardly be a band in the history of rock with a background story as bloody as that of Mayhem - but they've nevertheless always delivered the goods musically and thereby maintained their position as one of the most reliable suppliers of brutal restlessness and liberating nastiness within the world of metal. Today's line-up in this legendary band consists of singer Attila Csihar, bass player Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, drummer Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, and guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen. The concert at Øya on Wednesday Aug. 6 will be Blasphemer's last appearance in Norway, as he will retire after 13 years of service in Norway's most legendary band. In the Interview with LYDVERKET NRK he talks about how he's looking forward to let go with the expectations of playing in the band! He will now fully concentrate on his band AVA INFERI

You can see the interview here:

(in norwegian)

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