Dawn of the Black Hearts

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Dawn of the Black Hearts
Live album (bootleg) by Mayhem
Released February 17, 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. Despite being a "semi-official" release,[2] the bootleg is commonly listed as one of the band's main albums.[3]


The album is infamous for bearing a controversial photograph of Mayhem's singer, Dead (Per Yngve Ohlin), after his suicide in April 1991.[2] The photograph was taken by Mayhem's guitarist, Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth), when he discovered the body.[4] Dead slashed the veins in his arms and neck before leaving behind a song lyric titled "Life Eternal", along with a suicide note. He then took Euronymous' shotgun and shot himself in the forehead. There were rumors Euronymous had killed Dead himself, but this is false as he was in Oslo visiting the band's original drummer Kjetil Manheim when Dead killed himself.

Euronymous took bits of Dead's skull and made them into necklaces for members of the Black Metal scene, including the band's drummer Hellhammer. In disgust with Euronymous' actions, the bass player Necrobutcher left the band and was replaced by Burzum's Varg Vikernes who murdered Euronymous two years later with a knife.


The album was released in 1995 on vinyl in an edition of 300 copies by Warmaster Records by Mauricio "Bull Metal" Montoya, owner of Warmaster Records Colombia, original drummer of the Colombian death metal band Masacre and a pen pal of Euronymous. This original version contains eight songs from a concert in Sarpsborg on February 28, 1990. The label bears the band's logo and the album title in golden ink.

The album has been reissued many times by various independent record labels, with many including four extra songs, recorded at a concert in Ski, Norway, during 1986, with Messiah on vocals. Most of the re-releases erroneously claim that the additional songs come from a Lillehammer show with Maniac on vocals. It was reissued in 2017 on vinyl under the name, Live in Sarpsborg with the cover being replaced with a photo of Necrobutcher.

Track listing[edit]

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

3."Funeral Fog"6:38
4."Freezing Moon"6:06
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:

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 with 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. ^ The Dawn of the Black Hearts - Live in Sarpsborg, Norway 28/2, 1990, metal-archives.com
  2. ^ a b Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Mayhem". MusicMight. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Mayhem". About.com. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
    "Mayhem Career Albums". MusicMight. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
    "Mayhem Main Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ Kahn-Harris, Keith (2007). Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Oxford: Berg Publishers. p. 45. ISBN 1-84520-399-2. 
    Michael Moynihan, Didrik Søderlind: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. First Edition. Venice, CA: Feral House 1998, pp. 59f.

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