04 Dec Episode 20 – Wolf’s Lair Abyss: Answer & Announcement
From the dark past, in the light of freezing moons and through funeral fog, Mayhem reappeared in 1997, under cover of night and to relatively little fanfare. Wolf’s Lair Abyss, the band’s first release since 1994’s epochal De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, reveals a fiercer, future-forward approach to Mayhem’s trademark hailstorm black metal. Time has been kind to this EP and so your Radical Research hosts have pulled out the cuneiform in order to decipher symbols of bloodswords.
Note 1: With this EP, we see the reappearance of two former Mayhem members, Maniac and Necrobutcher. This lineup would go on to record two full-length albums, 2000’s black-tech masterpiece, Grand Declaration of War, and 2004’s steely Chimera.
Note 2: The EP’s final track, “Symbols of Bloodswords,” features a chord progression that would become a motivic device on Grand Declaration of War. Radical Research suggests a back-to-back listen for maximum effect.
Music cited, in order of appearance:
“From the Dark Past” (De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, 1994)
“De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” (De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, 1994)
“The Vortex Void of Inhumanity” (Wolf’s Lair Abyss, 1997)
“I Am Thy Labyrinth” (Wolf’s Lair Abyss, 1997)
“Fall of Seraphs” (Wolf’s Lair Abyss, 1997)
“Ancient Skin” (Wolf’s Lair Abyss, 1997)
“Symbols of Bloodswords” (Wolf’s Lair Abyss, 1997)
“A Grand Declaration of War” (Grand Declaration of War, 2000)
“Completion in Science of Agony (pt. II of II)” (Grand Declaration of War, 2000)
episode 21 preview: OLD, “Backwards Through the Greedo Compressor” (The Musical Dimensions of Sleastak, 1993)
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.
This is Radical Research Podcast episode 20