Black Metal legends Mayhem decimate the near sold out crowd at Social Hall in San Francisco, California.

Performing their De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album in it’s entirety, Mayhem took the stage in hoods and cloaks, with almost zero production. The minimal lighting and smoke that sometimes consumed the entire stage only added to the beautiful eeriness of their music, though, and gave every song a sense of sheer terror.

Vocalist Attila may have been the ringmaster, but it was drummer Hellhammer and bassist Necrobutcher that made the classic songs sound just as good as they did 20 plus years ago. Highlights included “Life Eternal,” “From the Dark Past,” and “Freezing Moon.”

Support on this tour comes from Inquisition and Black Anvil, who were both perfect bands to start the black metal festivities.

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Event Date: 00-MMM-2017

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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