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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mayhem Performs De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Live at the TLA 2/16/2017

After having an awesome dinner at Alyan's, I decided to grab a coffee at Starbucks before the concert. I wake up at 4:45 AM for work and I knew it was going to be a late night. As I enjoyed my coffee, I had a perfect view of the TLA. I was super excited to see Mayhem!

Before I entered the TLA, I had to get a picture of the Marquee. Someone standing outside took a picture of me standing under the marquee - I believe she was one of the stage hands because I saw her set up the set for Mayhem. Super sweet!

After buying some merch, I made my way into the venue. I lucked out with finding a spot near the front.

The first band that opened was called Inquisition. I really liked them and want to check out their albums. I really loved their style.

The next act was Black Anvil. They sounded similar to Mayhem and I remember hearing a bunch of songs from Black Anvil when I was starting to get into Mayhem a decade ago. I really enjoyed this act as well.

During intermission, I had to walk around a little bit. With all of the headbanging and bopping around, my arm was becoming stiff. Fortunately, some guy let me assume my place once I came back from moving around. I loved watching the stage hands set up Mayhem's set. They set up the altar and the woman that took my picture a few hours earlier, placed Necrobutcher's "Make America Great Again" hat on the skull that sat between the candles. I saw her giggle and a few other stage hands giggle as well. I was hoping they would leave the hat on during the performance, but sadly they removed it. I did get a picture (somewhat) of it.

Before the show began, there was an announcement that photography should be kept to a minimum because the flashes might interfere with their performance. However, if we chose to take some photos, turn off the flash. I did manage to get a few photos, but I see why photos were suggested as a minimum. The performance was amazing and I was in awe of the performance. Just watching the way they played and the acting around the altar, it felt surreal. But, a good surreal. Listening to the riffs, chords, and vocals just made me feel like a spirit. It's hard to describe, but when I listened to Mayhem religiously in high school and early college, I would listen to them as I created art. That transcendance I felt back then, I felt during the concert.

Just amazing. I'm still in awe. Pictures wouldn't have done justice. Also, some mosh pits started and I was getting pushed a bit out of place, which makes it harder for photography as well. The show was still amazing and I would love to see them again.


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I would have been in seventh heaven if I could have gone with you to the Theatre of Living Arts and witnessed all that heavy metal thunder. I'm getting the same kind of transcendental high just from looking at the pix of the bands bathes in blue and red light and listening to them play on those clips. I can't imagine how exciting it was for you being there in person.

    Your 2017 is already filling up with exciting events, dear friend JM, and I envy you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Hi, Shady!

      I'm still in awe! It was just an awesome experience and this was actually my first time seeing black metal bands perform. I've seen other metal bands in concert, but nothing compares to the performances I saw on Thursday night.

      I'm going to make a small scrapbook page of this concert for my happiness box project. I am also going to include a journal entry on the back. It was just so amazing! Even the lighting and sound.

      Thank you, dear friend, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend as well!