Norwegian 'black metal' band Mayhem have broken their silence on their life of sex, gore and Satan worship and slammed a new film telling how their hate-filled lyrics inspired fans to burn churches.
'Lord of Chaos' charts devil loving Mayhem's dark descent into an orgy of destruction, violence murder and suicide in one of the blackest periods of pop history in the wild Eighties.
But bassist Varg Vikernes says the blockbuster, released next month, isn't a true reflection of their depravity because filmmakers didn't ask the band what really went on.
Norwegian 'black metal' band Mayhem have opened up on their life of sex, gore and Satan worship and slammed a film telling how their hate-filled lyrics inspired fans to burn churches
'Lord of Chaos' charts devil loving Mayhem's dark descent into an orgy of destruction, violence murder and suicide in one of the blackest periods of pop history in the wild Eighties
In a decade of chaos, guitarist Øystein Aarseth, nicknamed Euronymous (left) who founded the group, was murdered by a bandmate and lead singer Per Yngve Ohlin, nicknamed 'Dead' (right) blasted himself in the forehead with a shotgun
The band's blasphemous, anti-Christianity lyrics encouraged fans to burn down churches across the country. The band's bassist Varg Vikernes was accused of burning down the Holmenkollen church (pictured) in Oslo, Norway
'The film is wrong,' he raged on a video he posted on Youtube. 'It's described as a true story and this brought a smile to my face. It is not a true reflection of what happened.'
Mayhem's story began in 1984 in Oslo when young guitarist Øystein Aarseth, nicknamed Euronymous, refused to sign up to 'bubble gum pop' and started a black metal band with three school pals.
Members came and left as their lives went into freefall with drug and alcohol abuse as the band took on many incarnations over the years.
Kjetil Manheim (pictured) Mayhem's founding drummer for four years from 1984, said he has no regrets over the band's wild behaviour
What followed was a rollercoaster ride into chaos, led by lead singer Per Yngve Ohlin, nicknamed 'Dead' blasting himself in the forehead with bassist Vikernes' shotgun.
Ohlin was infamous for burying his clothes then digging them up before going on stage. He would cut himself with knives and broken glass in front of crowds before his suicide in 1991.
When Aarseth found his body in a house they shared in the countryside in Krakstad, the guitarist, to the fury of his bandmates, took photos of it and printed them on an album cover.
'Per's killed himself, but don't worry, I took pictures,' was how he told one of the band.
After Ohlin's body was removed from the house Aarseth collected fragments of his skull and made them into necklaces.
Off stage the band built up a cult following of black metal fanatics who hung on to their blasphemous lyrics and burned down churches across the country.
On stage, pig carcasses were hung on stakes and devoured, coating fans with blood while crosses were destroyed with pointed attacks on Christianity.
At the height of their notoriety, a gay man was killed in a homophobic attack and Vikernes identified as a prime suspect.
In the fallout of Vikernes' arrest Aarseth made death threats against his hellraising bandmate.
Vikernes responded by driving 500km across Norway to stab to death Aarseth outside his Oslo apartment on August 10 1993.
Mayhem was founded by Aarseth (left) and three friends. He found singer Ohlin (right) when he committed suicide in a house they shared in 1991. Aarseth took photos of his body and printed them on the band's album cover. He took pieces of his skull and made necklaces from them
Ohlin (pictured) was known for burying his clothes then digging them up before going on stage. He would cut himself with knives and broken glass in front of crowds before his suicide
Ohlin (pictured left as a schoolboy) shot himself in the forehead with a shotgun belonging to the band's bassist in just one of a catalogue of tragedies to hit the band
Aarseth enraged his bandmates by taking photos of Ohlin's body including one of the bloody t-shirt he was wearing and using them as 'inspiration' for an album. He broke the news of Ohlin's death to one band member by saying: 'Per's killed himself, but don't worry, I took pictures.'
Ohlin took his life in 1991 at a home shared by the band (pictured) in Krakstad, Norway
Recalling those chaotic years, Kjetil Manheim, Mayhem's founding drummer for four years from 1984, told MailOnline: 'I have no regrets about anything. The murder of [Aarseth] was horrible, but it never came about from the darkness within the band. That was esoteric.
'But what [Aarseth] did with the pictures of Dead's body for the album cover was disgusting. I do miss him [Aarseth] a lot and think about him from time-to-time as he was a good friend.
'But I am not sorry for anything and I don't thing Mayhem should be held responsible for any of the violence that followed.'
Now 50, Manheim, who has his grey