Chimera (Mayhem album)

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Chimera (Mayhem album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 29, 2004
RecordedNovember-December 2003
GenreBlack metal
LabelSeason of Mist
Mayhem chronology
European Legions
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Chimera is the third full length album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. It is the fourth and last main Mayhem release with the vocalist Sven Erik Kristiansen (Maniac). TurboNatas of the Norwegian band Red Harvest provided the album artwork.[2] The album art is a screenshot from the 1922 silent film Häxan.

At the time of the album's release in 2004, Mayhem was still being sharply and routinely criticized in the metal underground for straying from the black metal style on its previous album, Grand Declaration of War. Nevertheless, once released Chimera received rave reviews, with many music critics praising the album for its fast and harsh sound. Moreover, numerous reviewers appreciated the fact that Chimera, unlike the more experimental predecessor Grand Declaration of War, features a rawer kind of black metal, far closer to the band's early albums.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Maniac & Blasphemer.

2."Dark Night of the Soul"6:08
3."Rape Humanity with Pride"5:41
4."My Death"5:54
5."You Must Fall"4:13
6."Slaughter of Dreams"7:00
7."Impious Devious Leper Lord"5:38
Total length:44:31



  • All songs published by Season Of Mist
  • Produced by Blasphemer
  • Engineered by Borge Finstad
  • Mixed by Blasphemer, Hellhammer and Borge Finstad
  • Mastered by Morten Lund


Chart (2004) Peak
Norwegian Albums Chart[4] 28


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Chimera review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Red Harvest biography on Avant-garde metal". Avant-garde metal. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Chimera" by Mayhem; details at discogs
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norwegian charts portal". Retrieved 9 February 2012.