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Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have commented on the controversy surrounding their appearance at last weekend's Gates of Metal festival in Sweden. Pig heads and other animal parts decorated the stage during the band's performance - a violation of the Swedish animal by-product regulation.
MAYHEM frontman Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM), who himself wore a pig's head during the performance, told the Norwegian newspaper VG, "We were very pleased with the concert and it seems like the audience loved it." He explained that there is a symbolism in the stage performance and that he himself is a vegetarian.
"We wish to reflect society," he said. "Everyone who eats meat becomes fatter and fatter and slowly but surely turns into a pig."
The frontman also claimed that MAYHEM's stage show was cleared with the festival organizers and that the idea to do this came from him. He also revealed that he was surprised by all the media attention surrounding the concert.
When asked by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet why the band chooses to use dead animals as part of its stage show, MAYHEM bassist Jorn Stubberud (a.k.a. Necrobutcher) said, "We play death metal and this fits our music." Asked if he could understand why people reacted to the photos from the concert the way they did, Stubberud said, "But aren't there more important things going on in the world? I think you should write about what's going on in Lebanon instead."
A little over 2,500 people attended the 2006 edition of the Gates of Metal festival, which was held in Hultsfred.
"We lost money this year - how much we don't know yet," festival organizer Olof Wikstrom told the Swedish newspaper Ostran/Nyheterna. "In total, there were 5,000 tickets for sale and we expected at least 3,500 people to show up."
Despite this, Olof Wikstrom insisted that the festival will carry on. "We will definitely continue," he said.
MAYHEM's appearance at the recently held Gates of Metal festival (Hultsfred, Sweden) created quite some commotion in the press. Firstly due to the band's striking live show and secondly to the attack launched by Animal Rights Sweden who condemned the use of animal parts on stage.
In Sweden it is only allowed to use animal by-products in an artistic context with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The permit needs to be obtained up forehand.
MAYHEM is currently concentrating on the upcoming live dates and the preparations for their new studio album and do not wish to comment on the event at this time. Questions can be asked during the promotion for "Ordo Ab Chao".
Norwegian dark kings of black metal Mayhem headline the Black Metal festival taking place in Warsaw, Poland, on next August 13th. Other bands to appear on the bill are Marduk, Non Opus Dei and Impaled Nazarene, to name a few.
"Support the sounds of Death. Be there or fuck off!", comments guitarist Blasphemer.
As previously reported, Mayhem reached a deal with Season of Mist to release "Ordo Ab Chao," which will then be Mayhem's 3rd full-length on the French label. Atilla will be back on the mic for this album as well.
Mayhem's upcoming appearances include the following:
04-05 Aug 06 Hultsfred (SE) Folkets Park - Gates of Metal
10-12 Aug 06 Svojsice u Prelouce (CZ) Brutal Assault Festival
13 Aug 06 Warsaw (PL) Stodola - Black Metal Festival
Swedish heavy metal band Dismember will perform in Israel on August 29 at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. Israeli metal bands Eternal Gray and God Below will open for the headlining band.
Another group of musicians slated to arrive in Israel soon is O’Malley/Ambarchi/Csihar, which will perform here in September. Attila Csihar, soloist for Mayhem who performed in Israel with the band Salem, will be joined by Steven O’Malley of Sunn O))) and Oren Ambarchi, a Habad member and son to a Jewish Iraqi family who emigrated to Australia. The three artists are signed with the Southern Lord record label.
The Israel show will be the trio’s first time sharing the same stage. During their stay, in addition to their joint show, they will perform solo concerts as well as joint shows with Israeli musicians. On July 20 and 22, the band will play at Levontin in Tel Aviv, and of July 24 they will play at the Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem.
The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.
Organizers have issued the following update:
This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.
It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.
Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.
The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...
DIMMU BORGIR guitarist Silenoz has posted the following message on the band's official forum:
"For those of you who can't still read and at the same time believe in rumors, I just want to make things clear [regarding the band's current lineup]:
Shagrath - Vocals
Silenoz - Guitars
Galder - Guitars
Vortex - Bass
Mustis - Keys
Hellhammer - Drums
"[Hellhammer] is a hired hitman and will be playing festivals for us this year and on the upcoming album, and hopefully the world touring that will follow the new album."
DIMMU BORGIR recently became the first band on the Nuclear Blast USA roster to sell more than 100,000 copies of a full-length album with their "Death Cult Armageddon" (2003) release, according to sales figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
DIMMU BORGIR are currently writing material for their next studio, tentatively due in early 2007. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
The Emperors return! On the eve of next week’s European warm-up shows, prior to their June 3 Rock Hard Festival debut, Swiss metal pioneers CELTIC FROST have announced the addition of Norwegian guitar player Anders Odden to their touring line-up. Odden, who has played with Apoptygma Berzerk, Satyricon, Cadaver, and Mayhem, auditioned for the group in April, and returned to Zurich, Switzerland, CELTIC FROST's base, last week for dedicated tour rehearsals. A life-long CELTIC FROST devotee, Odden will be performing with the band for their summer festival performances ( full band itinerary here).
Legendary Norwegian Black Metalists Mayhem will release their new album on Season of Mist. "Ordo Ab Chao" will then be Mayhem's 3rd full-length on the French label.
The band also states that "after the troubled "Chimera", some conditions and issues have changed for the better. We are very focused and eager to record our first album (since`93) with Attila Csihar back behind the microphone. The beast has never been stronger".
Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.
Norwegian death metallers BLOODTHORN will follow up their Inferno Festival appearance in April by filling the slot held by KEEP OF KALESSIN on the European tour with CARPATHIAN FOREST and HATE, as KEEP OF KALESSIN will have to fly home to Norway to play a few gigs there. They all meet up again in London, playing at the Underworld, and from there KEEP OF KALESSIN will continue their trek. After appearing at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival in August, BLOODTHORN will embark on a Scandinavian tour with VADER and NIGHTRAGE.
The track "Blood and Iron" is still available online to download here. The song comes off the Norwegian death metal band's new album, "Genocide", which was released in Europe in February via Morningstar Records. A video teaser containing sound clips of many of the songs that appear on "Genocide" has been posted online. The teaser can also be viewed in an online player on the official BLOODTHORN MySpace page.
"Genocide" was recorded at Godt Selskap Studio (CHTON, GRIFFIN, KEEP OF KALESSIN) with Knut Fug Prytz (NECROPHAGIA) producing. The CD, which has a running time of nearly 50 minutes, marks the group's first release with guitarist Ihizahg (ex-PERISHED, WURDULAK, live guitarist for MAYHEM).
Norwegian black metal legends EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DARKTHRONE and DIMMU BORGIR were among the artists interviewed for the "The Rock Show in Norway" special which aired on BBC Radio 1's "Mike Davies' Rock Show". Listen to the show at this location.
As some of you may already know, MAYHEM have set "Ordo Ab Chao" as the title of their new album, due later this year. The band's upcoming CD will mark their first release with vocalist Attila Csihar (TORMENTOR, ABORYM) since their 1993 album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". Attila rejoined MAYHEM in November 2004 as the replacement for departed singer Maniac.
In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, bassist Necrobutcher said about Attila's addition to the group: "It's the inspiration we all needed in MAYHEM. Attila is more committed to the band than almost all three of us together, and that inspires us too. The songs from the rehearsal place sound great. We still have the same aggressiveness. Everything you want from MAYHEM is there. We didn't give in to any kind of commercial thoughts in any way. It's a step from our last album again. If you have our discography, then you will see that every album is completely different, which has something to do with the fact that we usually take two or three or four years in between each recording. There's only so much you can do with a guitar and a drum kit and a bass. We want to show our fans and ourselves that MAYHEM will always be quality over quantity. I'm pleased to say that we have released 38 songs in 21 years. It's all those bootlegs that make the MAYHEM collection look so fucking huge."
Avant-garde/prog/metal act AGE OF SILENCE, the Norwegian band featuring Lazare (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), Hellhammer (WINDS, ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) and Eikind (KHOLD, TULUS), among others, have issued the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for their upcoming album:
"If things have been quiet in the AGE OF SILENCE camp for a while, that is because we have been busy with other musical projects lately!
"We are soon getting closer to preparing for the recording of a new album. All the material has been ready for quite some time, and in order to progress even further we are taking a step backwards with this new release.
"Musically speaking, we are not going to reveal much, but it will be darker, heavier, yet still containing the usual AGE OF SILENCE brilliance! In other words, expect a masterpiece that will undoubtedly set a new standard in ‘extreme-fusion’ for years to come."
In other news, AGE OF SILENCE have launched a new official forum at this location.
AGE OF SILENCE released a three-song EP entitled "Complications – Trilogy of Intricacy" on The End Records last fall.
DIMMU BORGIR's video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de (Real Media). The clip was shot last fall in Sweden with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company.
"Sorgens Kammer – Del II" is one of the new tracks included on the updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, "Stormblåst", which was released in Europe in November via Nuclear Blast Records (to be issued in North America on February 7). The album was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums.
The new version of "Stormblåst" adds two brand-new audio tracks: the aforementioned "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed at Ozzfest 2004.
DIMMU BORGIR have begun writing material for their next studio, tentatively due before the end of the year. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."
Norwegian black metal group MAYHEM will not be allowed to perform in Malaysia because it promotes "unacceptable" values, Deputy Cultural, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said.
"I assure you that the ministry will do all it can to prevent this group from coming in", he said in Parliament yesterday. He said he had seen the group's song lyrics and felt disgusted by them.
An advertisement had appeared in a local newspaper saying that the group would be performing at an entertainment joint in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4.
Responding to concerns raised by Idris Haron (BN Tangga Batu) while winding-up the Budget 2006 debate at committee stage, Wong said MAYHEM's application had not reached Puspa, the agency in charge of allowing foreign groups to perform in Malaysia. Idris said the group promoted Satanic worship and drug use, as could be seen from its motto "Bringing hell to your doorstep", and their song titles included 'Carnage', 'A Time to Die' and 'Deathcrush'.
He also said that a group called "Say No to Black Metal" would hold a demonstration if MAYHEM was allowed to perform here.
MAYHEM frontman Attila Csihar (formerly of TORMENTOR, ABORYM) will join Israeli extreme metal pioneers SALEM for a special one-off performance on December 27 at Theater Club in Tel Aviv, Israel. Also appearing with the band will be the female ICSQ string quartet.
SALEM's appearance at the Theater Club comes after a 16-month absence from the stage, during which time the band recorded and released the "Strings Attached" CD, which combines between SALEM songs and dark classical music.
Tickets for the concert are available online through Metalist magazine's web site.
MAYHEM have set "Ordo Ab Chao" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2006 via Season of Mist. The band's upcoming CD will mark their first release with vocalist Csihar since their 1993 album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". Csihar joined MAYHEM in November 2004 as the replacement for departed singer Maniac (real name Sven Erik Kristiansen).
A film company in San Diego, ZU33 is currently developing 'Lords of Chaos', a fictional movie based on the real life events that surrounded the Norwegian black metal music scene and the Church burnings associated with it.
Set in the in the early 1990s, the film goes into pre-production in November and should be filmed in Februrary 2006.
The film will be based on the book 'Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground.' The book looks at the events that characterised the black metal scene including the murder of Mayhem's Euronymous (Aasarth Oystein) and his murderer mastermind Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh).
The updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, Stormblåst , will be released through Nuclear Blast America on February 7, 2006 with a limited collectors item. This edition will only be available in the North American pressing.
Stormblåst was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums. The new version of Stormblåst adds two brand-new audio tracks: "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last year's Ozzfest. The album will be released in a digipack design with a booklet containing a lot of old pictures of DIMMU BORGIR. A LP version containing a bonus single with the two new bonus tracks will also be released.
DIMMU BORGIR will shortly be filming a video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company. The band are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site.
BBC Television interviewed and filmed Mayhem during their show at the Slottsfjell festival in Tönsberg, Norway earlier this year. The footage is used for their affairs show "This World".
The first broadcast is now confirmed for November 24th 2005 on BBC 2 at 9pm. And it will most likely be picked up by BBC Worldwide and rebroadcast throughout the world later on. "This World" is the flagship of BBC when it comes to current affairs, and is regularly seen by two million people in Britain.
The program series asked Mayhem for their documentary about extreme music around the world, because one part of the film includes the remarkable black metal scene of Norway. The goal of the documentary was to investigate some of the controversies surrounding Extreme Metal Music around the world and ask why extreme metal bands like Mayhem are so popular.