Just yesterday, I posted a story about how the media needs to stop sensationalizing the Black Metal community. However, I feel the need to say that there are exceptions to every rule… For instance, MAYHEM (one of the most controversial bands in the scene’s history) has just revealed some seriously shocking news. The band’s vocalist Attila Csihar (Sunn 0))), Aborym, Keep of Kalessin) recently told Terrorizer Magazine that MAYHEM smuggled actual human remains into France and used it as part of the stage set at Hellfest 2011.
“They were all human remains — skulls and bones — on the stage of MAYHEM’s ‘Liberation By Evil’ performance at Hellfest. It was [done] for spiritual reasons, not for sensation. To stand and sing from the ‘Altar Of Death’ in front of 8,000 people at Hellfest was extreme and important both artistically and personally — that feeling is just indescribable. I am not sure if it’s the best idea to say officially that we used real human bones on our performance. However, it is the simple truth. We are MAYHEM and I am Attila, I always say the truth, nothing more and nothing less. I would like to thank our people and Hellfest for the help to make this great action happen, and also to our fans for the eternal support!”
That’s right! If you happened to see MAYHEM’s performance at Hellfest, you were surrounded by actual human bones! This coming from the same band who notoriously made necklaces out of the skull fragments of a member who committed suicide. If anything, MAYHEM continue to keep things mysterious and interesting in the black metal scene.
Check out footage of MAYHEM performing “Deathcrush” at Hellfest 2011!
In other news, MAYHEM have now added guitarist Teloch (Gorgoroth, Nidingr, Ov Hell) as the replacement for long-time member Blasphemer. Rumor has it, they’ll be touring the US this fall/winter! Wonder if they’ll sneak some bones into the US too???