Grand Declaration of War
|Grand Declaration of War|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 6, 2000|
|Recorded||November 1999 – January 2000 at Fagerborg Studio and Top Room Studio|
The album's title and some of the lyrics are taken from the writings of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly his books Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist. Nietzsche called Twilight of the Idols "a grand declaration of war" („eine grosse Kriegserklärung“).
In his book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal, Jeff Wagner wrote that Grand Declaration of War features "a variety of vocal shadings to match the multi-layered music", between "A Time to Die", described by Wagner as "one minute and forty-eight seconds of black calculus", "A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun" offering "squishy electronic groove, so close to trip-hop that it instantly became the album's most controversial track" and the "mesmerizing ten-minute sprawling landscape of doom" "Completion in Science of Agony". The album's "sonic clarity" was "a complete 180-degree turn" from the band's early "scuzzy 'necro' approach". Parts of the black metal scene had hoped Mayhem would not reform after the murder of the original guitarist Øystein "Euronymous" Aarseth as "that would not be right", or at least were "rather sceptical when it was known that [sic] MAYHEM should go on even without Dead or Euronymous". Many longtime Mayhem fans despised Blasphemer because "he wasn't Aarseth". Jeff Wagner calls Grand Declaration of War "Mayhem's own Into the Pandemonium, an album that had perverted and turned inside out the black metal genre as Celtic Frost's [Into the] Pandemonium had done to thrash metal". Alex Henderson of Allmusic stated that the band "has outdone itself with the epic Grand Declaration of War, which could arguably be described as black metal's equivalent of Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime".
Allmusic critic Alex Henderson wrote: "Grand Declaration of War won't appeal to anyone with a short attention span, but for those who can sit down and really give this CD their undivided attention, the rewards are great."
All lyrics written by Maniac; all music composed by Blasphemer.
|0.||"Untitled" (hidden in pregap before track 1 on original CD; simply the final track reversed)||2:11|
|1.||"A Grand Declaration of War"||4:14|
|2.||"In the Lies Where upon You Lay"||5:59|
|3.||"A Time to Die"||1:48|
|4.||"View from Nihil (Part I of II)"||3:04|
|5.||"View from Nihil (Part II of II)"||1:16|
|6.||"A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun (Part I of II)"||0:33|
|7.||"A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun (Part II of II)"||4:27|
|8.||"Crystallized Pain in Deconstruction"||4:09|
|9.||"Completion in Science of Agony (Part I of II)"||9:44|
|10.||"To Daimonion (Part I of III)"||3:25|
|11.||"To Daimonion (Part II of III)"||4:52|
|12.||"To Daimonion (Part III of III)"||0:07|
|13.||"Completion in Science of Agony (Part II of II)"||2:14|
- Anders Odden - co-writing and programming of "A Bloodsword and a Colder Sun"
- Øyvind Hægeland - additional vocals on "Completion in Science of Agony"
- Tore Ylwizaker - samples and noise construction on "Completion in Science of Agony"
- Sebastian Ludvigsen - photography
- Mark Francombe Red - cover design
- Anne Cecilie Olavesen - makeup
- Jeff Wagner, Steven Wilson: Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2010, p. 252.
- Alex Henderson. "Grand Declaration of War - Mayhem : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- "Grand Declaration of War review". CMJ New Music Report. 62 (666): 24. 15 May 2000. ISSN 0890-0795.
- Friedrich Nietzsche: Sämtliche Werke. Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden. Herausgegeben von Giorgio Colli und Mazzino Montinari. Volume 6: Der Fall Wagner u.a. Neuausgabe 1999, DTV, p. 58.
- De Mysteriis Dom Euronymous. In: Jon Kristiansen: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 282.
- Mayhem. In: Jon Kristiansen: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Brooklyn, NY: Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 477.