Ordo Ad Chao is the fourth full-length album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. “Ordo ad chao” is incorrect Latin (correct: “ōrdō ā chaos”) for “order to chaos” – a reversal of the Latin expression “ordo ab chao” (“order from chaos”) often cited as the motto used in Freemasonry. The album received the Spellemann award for best metal album on 2 February 2008.
It is the first Mayhem album to feature vocalist Attila Csihar since the 1994 album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Drummer Jan Axel Blomberg (Hellhammer) said that the drum tracks were not equalized and only the bass drums were triggered. He ended saying “the production sounds necro as fuck, but that’s the way we wanted it – this time. It represents Mayhem today”. Indeed, the sound of the album is much rawer than that of any official Mayhem studio release since Deathcrush, with a very bass-heavy mix. Despite that, the album continues the somewhat unorthodox songwriting approach showcased on the band’s last two releases, with “Illuminate Eliminate” being the band’s second longest song. The album features some death grunts and clean vocals. However, Grand Declaration of War features more clean vocals.
The album was released on 23 April 2007. It charted at #12 in Norway, making it the band’s highest charting album yet. There is a limited edition version of the album that comes in a metal case that is limited to a production of 3000. Blasphemer said in an interview with Inferno Magazine that Necrobutcher did not play the bass guitar on the album, despite being credited in the booklet.