Mayhem – Daemon (2019)

Mayhem have been on something of a streak in recent years, with consistent and quality releases being dropped. Daemon is of no exception, and whilst it doesn’t exactly extend leaps and bounds away from the work presented on Esoteric Warfare, it does present a growth and maturity which is easily noticeable and a pleasure to identify in the songwriting process.

I mean, Mayhem are now the gold standard of intricate yet deadly metal. Hellhammer, for all that I’ve said about the man in the past, is nothing short of phenomenal on the kit, and to be honest the performances all round are stellar, from the needling riffs to the – of course – bizarre vocal offerings of Attila.