Mayhem – Chimera (2004)

Jesus Christ this is absolutely savage. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Mayhem can go hard, this is an established fact, but on Chimera the band expand upon the festering viciousness present on Wolf’s Lair Abyss and dial that up into a full length. All the usual elements are here, being the razor sharp and dexterous riffing, and the insanely fast drummer of Hellhammer, but on this Maniac-fronted offering, the band hold back on the robot voice effects and instead let the frontman out of his cage without his meds. Just listen to “Whore” and then try to deny yourself the rest of this record.