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Wolf’s Lair Abyss – EP by Mayhem

Wolf's Lair Abyss - EP by Mayhem

Album Review

Wolf’s Lair Abyss symbolizes two major steps for Mayhem: First, the return of vocalist Maniac, who contributed to 1987’s Deathcrush EP before being replaced by the soon-to-be-dead Dead (who was followed by session vocalist Attila Csihar for black metal benchmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas). Secondly, it’s notable within the group’s dodgy, blood-specked catalog as its first effort since the death of founding member and guitarist Euronymous, here replaced by the aptly named Blasphemer. Not surprisingly, longtime fans had reason to be skeptical with regards to Mayhem’s reformation, Wolf’s Lair Abyss featuring only two founding members in drummer Hellhammer and bassist Necrobutcher — but this five-tracker remains true to the subcutaneous sensibilities the band helped define in the late 1980s and early 1990s, while simultaneously kicking the songwriting and production up a notch. Thankfully, Maniac adds credibility and his share…




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