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A Prominent Encounter: Mayhem at The Wiltern (Photos)

The legendary black metal outfit deliver a blood-curling experience worth basking in.

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Photograph by Ekaterina Gorbacheva

All Photographs by Ekaterina Gorbacheva (

To say that seeing Mayhem live is an experience is an understatement that is best left to the curiosity of the reader. The band's contemporary output is up to par with the best of them and further cements the Norwegian black metal band's legendary status. That said, any opportunity to bear witness to their stage presence is an occasion worth living and the band's ongoing trek with the black 'n rollers in Midnight is as good as they come. Let our photos of the band's Los Angeles tour stop at The Wiltern show for it.

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Photograph by Ekaterina Gorbacheva

As many heard, Watain had to unfortunately drop from the bill due to unforeseen visa issues that prohibited an otherwise stacked touring bill. No matter, Mayhem and Midnight alike deliver a high mark in striking fashion.

Teloch, Attila, and the rest of the ensemble remain a force to be reckoned with and they ripped through a career spanning set that was well welcomed by the sold-out crowd at The Wiltern. Hits like Freezing Moon from the revered De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994) were joined by some from Deathcrush (1987) and the 2019 year-end contending Daemon for a nice spread of endeavors to enjoy. With somber lighting setups that shrouded Mayhem in darkness for a good portion of the performance, the mystifying aura of the band was on display and completed this harrowing escapade of black metal greatness. The festivities are only a week in, so don't wait and let the Mayhem experience pass you by.

Enjoy a photo gallery below and check out the remaining tour dates:

"Sanguine Sodomy of North America" Tour Dates (Tickets)

w/ Mayhem, Watain, Midnight

March 7, 2022 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

March 8, 2022 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

March 9, 2022 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater

March 11, 2022 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot

March 12, 2022 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

March 14, 2022 - Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live

March 15, 2022 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk

March 16, 2022 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

March 18, 2022 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

March 19, 2022 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

March 20, 2022 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

March 22, 2022 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

March 23, 2022 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix

March 25, 2022 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

March 26, 2022 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

March 27, 2022 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

March 29, 2022 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

March 30, 2022 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Roxian

March 31, 2022 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic

April 1, 2022 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic

April 2, 2022 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

April 3, 2022 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge


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