Norwegian Death Metal

Working on 100 Most Metal Moments has reignited my interest in Norwegian Death Metal. Ever hear of the band Mayhem?

IN 1991, MAYHEM?S SINGER, IRONICALLY NAMED “DEAD,” COMMITED SUICIDE AND THEIR GUITARIST, EURONYMOUS, COOKED DEAD?S BRAIN AND ATE IT. MEANWHILE, DRUMMER HELLHAMMER MADE A NECKLACE OUT OF DEAD?S SKULL FRAGMENTS. TWO YEARS LATER THE BASSIST, COUNT GRISHNACKH, GOT IN ON THE ACTION AND KILLED THE CANNIBALIST GUITAR PLAYER.

First of all, their names are awesome! Please call me Count Grishnackh from now on. Second, they’re only #69 on the list! Mayhem is totally #1 in my book — you can’t get more metal than the guitarist eating the lead singer.

And these guys are still putting out albums! The current line-up includes Necrobutcher, Blasphemer, Hellhammer, and Maniac on vocals.