Mayhem's Necrobutcher: Euronymous was "a big f*cking a**hole"

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Last week, Mayhem bassist Jørn 'Necrobutcher' Stubberud revealed that if Varg Vikernes hadn't beat him to it, he'd have killed Mayhem's guitarist, Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth, himself back in 1993.

If you aren't familiar with the mythos surrounding the black metal heavyweights, back in the early 90s, they put a very small, underground subgenre of metal based in Norway on the global map with a series of tragic and brutal events took place spanning a few short years

The catalyst for the band's notorious activities appeared to be the suicide of the band's vocalist Per 'Dead' Ohlin, who was discovered by Euronymous. His wrists and throat were slit and he had a gunshot wound to his forehead. 

The band subsequently made headlines when members spawned a wave of arson attacks on Christian churches, and their story eventually concluded with the murder of Euronymous at the hands of Burzum's Varg Vikernes – who had taken over from Necrobutcher in Mayhem at the time.

The events that unfolded have been the subject of numerous documentary films and books, and most recently, a Hollywood fictionalisation – the film, Lords of Chaos

While the flick portrays Euronymous as a misguided, rebellious kid whose Satanic rabble-rousing is simply to promote his band and provoke conservative "grown ups", in reality the "inner circle" ringleader had made a fair few enemies within his own clique. 

In a recent interview with Revolver, Necrobutcher explains why he had such a problem with Euronymous and elaborates on his previous comments about wanting to kill the guitarist.

Check it out below and head to Revolver to read the full interview.

"I wanted to kill that fucker in the end. He ... Imagine that somebody you think is your friend coming home and finding your other friend killed themselves and took pictures of their dead body. Who the fuck in their right mind would do anything like that? 

"Everybody should have the little bit of intelligence to know that, that's gotta be somebody completely stripped from empathy and normal emotions. And really a bad fucking person. But now he's a fucking hero! And it's like, OK, I've always talked good about him, never wanted to talk bad about the dead, but this has gone too far now. 

"He's the big hero? No, he's the big fucking asshole, that's who he is. The betrayal — he betrayed his friends and the bad karma in the end came and took him. I never cried a tear for that guy. 

"I was mad as fuck when he died, and what I told that journalist is when I read it in the morning paper, I headed straight home and cleaned my house for all the illegals. I was sure the cops were going to come home to my place next and that I was going to be a suspect. I didn't know that they already knew who did it.

"[Varg] he was plotting to kill Euronymous on the phone and everything, making an alibi on the phone. But of course, they knew everything! So, I was a little pissed at the cops later on because I'm thinking ... they knew what was going on and they didn't even stop it. This is very fucking bad, you know what I mean? The government was in on killing him. 

"So, I never talked about it before, but now I'm thinking, since the government isn't linked up to my ass now, it's starting to get down to earth again. And that's not the smart thing for me to do, to make enemies again now that I've cooled again, but it's in me. I can't help it. Anything that wronged me has to be right."

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Grab the latest issue of Metal Hammer to read our own interview with Necrobutcher: what he really thought of Lords of Chaos and why Mayhem's message remains more relevant than ever.

Mayhem's latest album Daemon is out October 25 via Century Media and available for pre-order here. The band are currently gearing up to begin their European tour with special guests Gaahls Wyrd and Gost, kicking off in the Netherlands on Halloween. 

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Mayhem 2019 European tour dates
Oct 31: Nijmegen Doornroosje, Netherlands
Nov 01: Leiden Gebr De Nobel, Netherlands
Nov 02: Leeds Damnation Festival, UK
Nov 03: Dublin Academy, Ireland
Nov 04: London The Electric Ballroom, UK
Nov 05: Paris La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, France
Nov 06: Rennes L’etage, France
Nov 07: Lyon CCD, France
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