Mayhem embrace the ritual in their first-ever official video

Mayhem (Image credit: Ester Segarra)

Mayhem have launched a video for their new single Falsified And Hated.

The track has been taken from the black metal outfit’s latest album Daemon, which was released last month through Century Media.

Guitarist Teloch says of the Johan Bååth-directed promo: “This is the first official music video we have released, so indeed some thought went into this. 

“Instead of having us filmed at some dodgy location with instruments not even plugged in, we did something different, in the true tradition of the band.

“We hired Johan Bååth as a director and we also were lucky enough to get the infamous Swedish graffiti Artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson to do his ritualistic paintings for the video.”

Bååth says he set out to do “something more than just a plain black metal video,” and adds: “I wanted to take it one step further and do something different but stay true to the genre and of course Mayhem’s iconic legacy as a band. 

“I thought of the artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson and his ritualistic paintings and I asked him if he wanted to participate. 

“Together we came up with this idea of a ritualistic painted pentagon-shaped room, completely surrounded by five painted walls, facing a centred pentagram-painting with Ziggy’s ‘hex-text’ signs and symbols all over – each of the five point corners symbolising human expiration.

“In the middle we see an organic neoplasm tumour-like shaped form, all muddy and dirty with wooden branches ensnared around it. The surreal and scary-looking outgrowth is almost breathing with dark energy, attached to several plastic tubes connected to five cloaked characters symbolising the five members of Mayhem. 

“They’re completely occupied with different ritual tasks destroying all humanity and contributing matter and dark energy to the demon creation in the middle.”

Daemon is out now on CD, limited edition CD Mediabook, gatefold LP, limited edition deluxe LP box set and on digital and streaming platforms.

The record's striking cover art was created by Italian designer Daniele Valeriani, who has previously worked with artists including Lucifer’s Child and Dark Funeral.

Mayhem are currently on tour across Europe.

Mayhem: Daemon

Mayhem: Daemon
Mayhem return with Daemon, their first album since 2014's Esoteric Warfare. The 10-track record features the ferocious lead single Worthless Abominations Destroyed.

Mayhem 2019 European tour dates
Nov 08: Toulouse Le Metronum, France
Nov 09: Barcelona Salamandra, Spain
Nov 10: Madrid Mon Madrid, Spain
Nov 12: Milan Magazzini Generali, Italy
Nov 13: Génova PTR, Switzerland
Nov 14: Vienna Szene, Austria
Nov 15: Prague Meet Factory, Czech Republic
Nov 16: Berlin Astra, Germany
Nov 17: Lille Tyrant Fest, France
Nov 19: Kassel Musik Theater 130BPM, Germany
Nov 20: Wetzikon Hall Of Fame, Switzerland
Nov 21: Mannheim MS Connextion Complex, Germany
Nov 22: Oberhausen Turbinehalle, Germany
Nov 23: Vosselaar Biebob, Belgium
Nov 24: Copenhagen Pumpehuset, Denmark
Nov 26: Tampere Pakkahuone, Finland
Nov 27: Helsinki Tavastia, Finland
Nov 29: Stockholm Fryshuset Klubben, Sweden
Nov 30: Gothenburg Pustervik, Sweden

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