Laugh At Others' Misfortunes


  • Axl Rosenberg


Mayhem have perhaps one of the longest and most sordid histories in all of metal. Motley Crue may have shoved half a phone up some poor girl’s vagina and made her call her mother (at least according to The Dirt) and Marilyn Manson may have been blamed by scheming politicians for Columbine, but members of Mayhem have actually killed themselves and/or one another. Most metal bands project some kind of “scary” image, but Mayhem are one of the few bands that are actually scary.

Everyone gets older, though, and the members of Mayhem are no different. No longer the bright-eyed, bushy tailed kids who recorded De Mysteriis Dom Sathana, the members of Mayhem have now been reduced to rebelling by destroying hotel rooms the way every other band does.

Yes, it seems that several members of Mayhem have been arrested for causing thousands of dollars in property damage to a hotel room in Holland. These members will apparently not be released… at least until they’ve covered the costs of the damage.

I am most curious to see how the band’s tr00 kvltist fans will react. Hero worship based around the band’s past homicidal/suicidal tendencies is ridiculous, but at least the band was able to pass those acts off as having some kind of pseudo-philosophical meaning. There’s absolutely no “deeper message” to be had in destroying a hotel room, other than “We were fucked up and behaved like spoiled brat rock stars.”

No word on whether or not photos of the incident will wind up on the cover of a future Mayhem bootleg.


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