Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas / CD (signed)

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Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas / CD (signed)

Songwriting for this album began in 1987, but due to the suicide of vocalist Per "Dead" Ohlin and the murder of guitarist Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, the release was delayed until May 1994.
This is the band's only studio album to feature Aarseth and Varg Vikernes.

Vocalist Dead started to write the lyrics when he joined the band in 1988.
In 1990 studio versions of the songs "The Freezing Moon" and "Carnage" were recorded, appearing on the CBR Records compilation album Projections of a Stained Mind.

Drummer, Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, claimed that the lyrics of "Freezing Moon" were "meant to make people commit suicide".
Dead said in a 1989 interview by Marduk guitarist Morgan "Evil" Håkansson, published in Slayer fanzine, that by then he had written the lyrics for "Funeral Fog", "Freezing Moon", "Buried by Time and Dust" and "Pagan Fears".

The title De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas is a Latin phrase meaning "The Mysteries of the Lord Satan", with "Dom" being an abbreviation of "Dominis", often used as an honorific prefix for ecclesiastics of the Catholic Church.

The album cover is a monochrome photo of the east side of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.

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