Dawn of the Black Hearts

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Dawn of the Black Hearts
Live album (bootleg) by Mayhem
Released February 17th, 1995[1]
Recorded February 28, 1990 in Sarpsborg, Norway
Genre Black metal
Length 48:33
Label Warmaster Records
Mayhem chronology
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Dawn of the Black Hearts
Out from the Dark

Dawn of the Black Hearts is a bootleg live album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. It is infamous for bearing a photograph of Mayhem's vocalist, Dead (Per Yngve Ohlin), after his suicide in April 1991.[2] The photograph was taken by Mayhem's guitarist, Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), upon discovering the body.[3][4]

The album was originally released in 1995 on vinyl in an edition of 300 copies by Warmaster Records by Mauricio "Bull Metal" Montoya, owner of Warmaster Records in Colombia and pen pal of Euronymous. This original version contains eight songs from a concert in Sarpsborg on 28 February 1990, as well Mayhem's logo and title in golden ink.

The album has been reissued many times by various independent record labels. Many of these reissues feature an extra four songs, recorded at a concert in Ski during 1986, with Messiah on vocals. Most of the re-releases erroneously claim that the additional songs come from a Lillehammer show and feature Maniac on vocals.

Despite being a "semi-official" release,[2] this notorious bootleg is commonly listed as one of the band's main albums.[5][6][7] This is both due to its cover art, but also to the historic value of the recording itself, being one of the few concerts performed with both Dead and Euronymous.

Track listing[edit]

The original track listing (recorded in 1990 with Dead and Hellhammer as vocalist and drummer, respectively):

No. Title Length
1. "Deathcrush"   3:36
2. "Necrolust"   4:19
3. "Funeral Fog"   6:38
4. "Freezing Moon"   6:06
5. "Carnage"   4:18
6. "Buried by Time and Dust"   5:46
7. "Chainsaw Gutsfuck"   3:59
8. "Pure Fucking Armageddon"   3:15

Extra songs included on many reissues, recorded in 1986 with Messiah as vocalist and Manheim as drummer:

No. Title Length
9. "Danse Macabre" (Celtic Frost cover) 1:10
10. "Black Metal" (Venom cover) 3:00
11. "Procreation of the Wicked" (Celtic Frost cover) 2:40
12. "Welcome to Hell" (Venom cover) 3:46
  • Some of the reissues featuring bonus songs combine Danse Macabre and Black Metal in one track.
  • Certain versions containing the bonus song mistitle Danse Macabre as Dance Macabre.


Original track listing:

Re-release bonus tracks:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Mayhem/The_Dawn_of_the_Black_Hearts_-_Live_in_Sarpsborg%2C_Norway_28-2%2C_1990/8075#
  2. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Mayhem". MusicMight. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ Kahn Harris 2007, p. 45
  4. ^ Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. First Edition. Venice, CA: Feral House 1998, pp. 59f.
  5. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Mayhem". About.com. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  6. ^ "Mayhem Career Albums". MusicMight. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Mayhem Main Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 


  • Kahn-Harris, Keith (2007). Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Oxford: Berg Publishers. ISBN 1-84520-399-2. 

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