Mayhem (NOR)


Formed in 1984, Mayhem are the ultimate Norwegian black metal band. Even if you don’t listen to metal music, chances are you’ve probably heard of Mayhem, the original bad boys of the scene. Mayhem’s backstory, including crime, death and other dirty deeds, has given them a very questionable reputation and made them into the cult legends they are today. However, they also remain pioneers of extreme music, who conjure the darkest of dark metal to define the sound of the genre.

Mayhem’s latest album, Daemon, gathered massive amounts of praise and recognition throughout metal music circles and once again proved that these gentlemen march to the beat of a different drum than their peers. A truly original and immersive experience, the album is another testament to the well-honed skills of Attila, Hellhammer and the rest of the gang.

Generation after generation has been spellbound by the otherworldly vespers of these mythical characters, who show no signs of slowing down. The recent De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas 25th anniversary tour acted as a perfect warm-up for their upcoming gigs, which include this special stopover at Ilosaarirock. The legends are on their way to Joensuu – we hope you’re ready for a devilishly good time!

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Friday 17 Jul: ApulantaBattle Beast • BEHM • GettomasaHighly Suspect (USA) • The Holy • Lauri TähkäLost Frequencies (BEL)Of Monsters and Men (ISL)RuusutRäjäyttäjät • Yeboyah • Saturday 18 Jul: ABREU • Antti TuiskuBelzebubs • costee • EllinooraInsomnium • Jesse Markin • Lost Society • Machine Gun Kelly (USA)Mayhem (NOR) • MC KOO • PalefaceVesalaXysmaYungblud (UK)Sunday 19 Jul: Amorphis • Gasellit • The HU (MNG) • JVG • Karina • Knipi • LähiöbotoxMaustetytöt • Mouhous • PyhimysSam Fender (UK)TehosekoitinTones and I (AUS)